Youth Entrepreneurship Pitch Challenge

The Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge is a fun and exciting youth business idea pitch contest open to ALL K-12 afterschool students throughout Missouri.  The pitch challenge supports young people in developing 21st Century workforce readiness skills.  By developing a mindset and skill set of an entrepreneur, young people have an an edge for ANY career path they choose.

Educators and families: download this free toolkit to help students create and prepare their pitch presentation!


Click here to see a video of a pitch competition.


YES, YOU’RE INVITED—Saturday April 18!  The first-ever Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge for Missouri K-12 afterschool students will take place during Show Me Mizzou Day, the University of Missouri’s campus wide open house.



  1. Think of a business idea YOU would like to start. It can be a product, service, social venture, or even a technology business.
  2. REGISTER online for the pitch challenge by April 3, 2020 using this link.
  3. Create a one-minute PITCH (or creative presentation) about your business idea (like Shark Tank!)
    • PRACTICE your pitch with an afterschool pal or family member–eye contact and enthusiasm!
    • Keep it short, 60 seconds in length, just enough to reveal your BIG IDEA and make a few points.
    • Give your pitch LIVE at the Show Me Afterschool Showcase on Sat April 18.
    • CHECK-IN at 10 a.m., pitches start at 10:30 a.m. and wrap up by 12 noon.
    • Contestants in grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 will each TAKE A TURN pitching.
    • Judges are youth-friendly, ARE entrepreneurs, or mentor entrepreneurs like you.
    • Awards and RECOGNITION for contestants at 1 p.m.
    • Families, afterschool staff, educators, and community supporters come HEAR and CHEER on pitch contestants.

While on campus, check out the 4-H STEM Extravaganza robotics, chess tournament, MU open house activities, and FOOD TRUCKS.  Click here for more info on Show Me Mizzou Day.


Click here to see Official Contest Rules


Click here to see Sample Youth Pitches



 Three (3) winners in each grade level group (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12) will receive…

  • $100.00 cash
  • Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Portable Bluetooth Speaker
  • Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge Trophy
  • Resource bundle for youth business startups

Five (5) finalists in each grade level group (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12) will receive…

  • $50.00 in gift cards
  • Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge Certificate
  • Resource bundle for youth business startups


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