Giving Away $1,000 Per Minute at the Pace Pitch

Want to see someone make $1,000 per minute? Six teams pitch their ideas, president of the IBM Foundation keynotes, and Bill Gates’ favorite teacher stops by at this year’s Pace Pitch Contest on April 11.

$1,000 per minute. That’s about $263 more than Oprah makes.

On April 11, six finalists, three in New Business Concepts and three in Social Ventures, will pitch their ideas to a panel of prestigious judges for a chance to win $1,000 per minute at the 7th Annual Pace Pitch Contest at the Schimmel Center on the NYC Campus. And we want you in the cheering section, so RSVP today!

Four out of the six finalist teams at the Pace Pitch are made up of Pace students. So who will be competing to win $1,000 per minute to fund their ideas? The finalists are…

Business Concept Finalists

A team of Pace students, Jeremy Pease, Stiliyan Lazarov, and Robert Caucci whose business concept, Reslutions, digitizes and streamlines all of the processes associated with a collegiate housing department.

FitHopper, a fitness membership that offers its members access to unlimited fitness service providers anywhere in the world, without contract obligations. FitHopper CEO Darren Paul Shearer, who served as a captain in the United States Air Force, is a current MBA student at Pace.

The last of the business concept finalists, the Lean Canteen, will take the multi-billion dollar frozen food industry to-go, as the only mobile food cart in NYC committed to providing nutritional meals at an affordable cost, with low calorie frozen entrées combined with a healthy side and bottled water to form a complete 500 calorie meal.  Jared Domingos, principal owner and operator, is a Lubin student.

Social Venture Finalists

In the social venture category, Guiding Proud, is a youth mentoring program which matches LGBTQ youth with LGBTQA adults in an effort to foster self-esteem, self-confidence, and a sense of worth among today’s LGBTQ youth. Natasha Dillon is a current MBA student at Pace.

Little Big Loan, a peer-to-peer lending proposal, would connect underprivileged youth that cannot attend college due to financial challenges with individual lenders.

And finally, Malo Traders, which is committed to combating extreme poverty and malnutrition by purchasing, storing, processing, and fortifying rice grown by small-scale farmers.

For more information on the six finalists and their new venture ideas, click here.

The keynote speaker at the Pitch will be Stanley S. Litow, president of the IBM International Foundation and IBM’s VP for Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, who will also serve on the judging panel. There will also be a special appearance and speech by Sal Khan, founder of the nonprofit Khan Academy and “Bill Gates’ favorite teacher.” Check out the Pace Pitch on Facebook.