Student Pitch Program

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The Wayne Economic Development Corporation is inviting teams or individual Wayne County students to present their business ideas in the form of a 5-min video pitch. Projects will highlight new business ideas, product concepts, or service-oriented endeavors. Through the process of applying, students will learn the basics of developing a good business plan, performing relevant market research, and delivering a "pitch" speech to potential investors. Multiple cash prizes totaling $5,000 will be awarded. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges from the local business and education community. Winner announcements will be made at the live Adult Pitch Competition in November. 

WHO: Available for students who will be in grade 9 through grade 12 throughout the 2023-2024 school year. Students must be a resident of Wayne County or enrolled in a Wayne County school district. Students can be enrolled in public, private or home school. 

WHAT: Develop a business, product or service concept into a deliverable business plan including some financial projections, then video tape your team pitching the business. 

WHEN: Start preparing now. Submission deadline is October 13, 2023. No fee to participate.

WHERE: Submissions will be evaluated privately. Winners will be contacted and videos will be presented to the public at the live Adult Pitch Competition in November.

Student Pitch Competition Registration Form (PDF)
Student Pitch Competition Eligibility & Submission Guidelines (PDF)  

If you have any questions about Student Pitch application, contact Ariel Camp at 315-946-5975.

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    Ariel Camp

    Economic Development Specialist

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Students must submit the registration form in addition to an executive summary of their business plan, financial projections and a video “pitch” to be considered. 

Mail or Deliver Application & Documents to:
Wayne Economic Development Corporation
Attn: Student Pitch Competition
9 Pearl Street, 2nd Floor
Lyons, NY 14489

Email Submission: Submit applications via e-mail to Ariel Camp at All attached file types must be in PDF format under 15 MB total and labeled with your business name. 

HOW TO SUBMIT A VIDEO:  Please upload your video to your own private account on Youtube or Vimeo. Be sure to mark the video as private with permission to view and download to those you share with. Email a share link of the video to

Once an application is received, it will be reviewed for completeness. You will be notified if any information is missing. We ask for your patience while we carefully go through this process of reviewing and judging projects.

Thank you in advance for your interest in Kick Starting your business in Wayne County.