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2020 Startup Pitch Competition

This competition is open to any LGBT+ MBA student or alumni.

— Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, but we appreciate and encourage early entries!

— The deadline for submitting your application is Sept 24, 2020.

Your startup may be actual or fictitious, we will be judging your “startup" based on its merits and the quality of your presentation and its delivery.

— If your “startup” is fictitious, please present it as a pitch for funding of your initial rollout (MVP, etc) with a clear long term strategy and market placement.

— You will be judged on a number of items, including but not limited to: viability, defensibility, differentiation, novelty, scale, and the quality and delivery of your presentation.

— At least one member of your team must be registered and attending the 2020 ROMBA Conference as a current or alumnus LGBT+ MBA or related graduate student. To find teammates please click on this link:

— Judges will be actual VCs and entrepreneurs from our competition partner StartOut (

Prize: $5,000

Application Deadline: September 24, 2020

Finalist Notification: October 2, 2020

Pitch Date: October 10, 2020

Please direct any questions to and include PITCH COMPETITION in the email title.

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