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What Is NextPitch?
NextPitch is a web platform that hosts monthly pitch competitions for young people in grades K-12 and college. There are three ways to win on NextPitch:
Team(s) with the most votes receive special bonus awards. The point is not to have a perfect pitch. The point is to get our young people out sharing their ideas and what they are learning with family, friends, and the community. Basically, the teams that share the most will receive the most votes.
Teams all have the opportunity to receive contributions from their voters/backers. All teams get to keep any funds that are raised to support their goals. Read more about payouts below.
We often have guest sharks who provide feedback to teams and select a special bonus winner.
Heads up -- When allowed, NextPitch does provide the opportunity for educator bonuses. It is our way of saying, "Great work!" to educators who bring innovation and problem solving to the classroom. Read more about educator bonuses below.
The Reason Why
NextPitch's monthly competitions support and encourage innovation among youth in grades K-12 and college. We take a three-pronged approach to this work: By encouraging entrepreneurial thinking through pitch competitions that yield cash rewards. By connecting youth and educators to training programs in entrepreneurship and social justice in the arts. And by serving as an advocate for education and social justice.
We hope that NextPitch competitions spread awareness of the many schools and community-based partner programs that develop innovators. We believe educators who provide opportunities for entrepreneurial thinking support the fight against poverty by driving innovation and cultivating entrepreneurs who create jobs in their local communities.
We also have hope that all educators will realize their immediate impact on the economy and society as a whole.
NextPitch was created by MOXIE Solutions Development- a company founded by a high school teacher/entrepreneur in Kansas City. The competitions and educational resources are available to youth across the country and around the world. Notably, NextPitch competitions are well aligned with the goals of Kauffman Foundation's Real World Learning.
NextPitch: Competition Guidance
NextPitch is where entrepreneurial thinking meets the spirit of competitive sports. The following is how the competitions work:
NextPitch encourages and rewards entrepreneurial thinking. All team members receive a certificate of completion verifying their involvement in a shark-tank-style pitch competition. Teams are also encouraged by voters and financial backing. NextPitch backers are not investing in a product- we are encouraging and rewarding young innovators. Many of our youth rely on the financial support of backers to have the time and tools needed to identify societal needs and create solutions. Additionally, there are many communities around the world where jobs are not readily available. Our backers help young innovators create solutions that may very well lead to the creation of jobs in their community.
Pitch teams promote their sponsors and educational programs. NextPitch provides space in each pitch entry to promote their key supporter(s), the educational program that prepared them, or both. When voters watch a pitch, they will also see information about the supporter(s) and program.
Pitch teams payouts. NextPitch allows multiple payout options: (1) classroom rewards, (2) classroom/project supplies, (3) scholarships, (4) real service project funding, (5) real business startup funding, and (6) real business scaleup funding. Teams select the payout type when submitting their pitch. All classroom/program based rewards are verified and sent to organization financial offices. Funds are not paid directly to educators. These funds are often used to bring their idea to life or for classroom celebrations. We believe in celebrating success and rewarding exceptional work in K-12 classrooms.
Cash funding is divided evenly among all team members included with the submission. Contributions are sent directly to the members of the team to encourage their continued innovation. These funds are often used to bring their idea to life and teach financial literacy.
The winning team will receive an additional bonus award that will be announced after the competition ends. Teams receive the contributions submitted by their backers. Backer contributions are assessed a 5% NextPitch admin fee and 3-8% payment processing fees are added to each transaction. The processing fee range is due to the variety of global locations. NextPitch follows industry standards for creator-friendly funding.
NextPitch provides additional benefits for innovators. In addition to financial awards, all innovators have access to:
A certificate verifying participation in a shark-tank style pitch competition
A recommendation letter describing their involvement in innovation
Automatic consideration for programs and scholarships from partner colleges and universities
No-cost and low-cost college and career resources related to entrepreneurism and social justice
NextPitch accepts submissions from teams that are connected to schools and educational programs. Teams that are connected to schools or educational programs include the educational program in the submission. We hope this promotion increases awareness of the awesome programs available to young people.
Pitches are honest and clearly presented in 5 minutes or less. All pitches must introduce the team, then identify and define (1) a problem (industrial or societal), (2) a solution for the problem, and (3) what you need to move forward and why. We recommend including additional information, but those fields are not required for submission. Pitches that were developed while working with a NextPitch partner program may follow the partner program's preferred format.
Pitches are legal, safe, and inoffensive. NextPitch prohibits illegal, potentially dangerous, and offensive messaging in pitches. Offensive material (e.g., hate speech, encouraging violence against others, pornography, promoting discrimination, bigotry, or intolerance towards marginalized groups, weapons, weapon accessories, etc.) is not allowed. Pitches may not promote alcohol or drug use of any kind. Pitches are not to include political fundraising or campaigning.
Pitches are submitted by video. NextPitch encourages all teams to submit videos that are engaging and will grab the attention of backers. Videos should be concise- the shorter the video, the better. NextPitch prefers high-definition videos. Teams should provide videos in the highest resolution possible with clear audio. NextPitch recommends a resolution of at least 1280x720 for a video that has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of at least 640x480 for a video that has a 4:3 aspect ratio. All videos are submitted via YouTube link.
Give your backers the ability to add to an educator bonus. We believe educators who provide opportunities for entrepreneurial thinking support the fight against poverty by driving innovation and cultivating entrepreneurs who create jobs in their local communities. We also have hope that all educators will realize their immediate impact on the economy and society as a whole.
In organizations/districts where approval has been granted, educator bonuses may be applied to salary or classroom supplies for the educator(s) of record on the pitch submission only. If the educator has moved to another school/organization where bonus payment is allowed, then the funding follows the educator. If funding is not allowed, then payment is remitted to the original district financial office for classroom supplies. NextPitch will only remit payment via check to the organization/district finance office or other district/organization approved personnel.
If an educator has supported the creation of a pitch and the educator is allowed to receive a bonus, please click on the checkbox provided in the Educator Bonus tab of the pitch submission.
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