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Student Pitch Competition

Student Pitch Opportunity

supporting our future business leaders

The Naturally Lewis Student Pitch Competition is a business proposal competition for high school students in Lewis County. If you're in grades 9-12 and thinking about starting a business, this competition is for you! The Competition consists of developing a formal business plan supplemented by a 3-to-5 minute video. The winner of the Competition will receive $500 and direct support from local service providers to grow this business into a reality!

Applications are currently closed!

What's a Pitch Competition?

Have you ever watched 'Shark Tank'? It's essentially a business pitch, a concise presentation lasting three to five minutes aimed at convincing a panel of judges to invest in your idea. Similarly, a pitch competition involves presenting your business plan to compete against others for a prize of $500 along with valuable resources to turn your pitch into a successful venture.

2024 Submissions

young entrepreneurs in action

Naturally Lewis is thrilled to announce 3 Winners of 11 outstanding submissions from across Lewis County, each showcasing remarkable creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit. Our inaugural Student Pitch Competition has proven to be an invaluable platform for students to showcase their innovative business ideas and gain the support they need to turn those ideas into reality.

Sponsor a Student

donate towards your favorite pitch

While Naturally Lewis could only choose three winners, we are committed to supporting all the thoughtful entries we received. We invite community members and business owners to view all the submissions and learn more about these innovative business ideas. 

If there is a pitch that stands out to you, consider sponsoring a student to support their entrepreneurial journey! Your sponsorship will provide a deserving young entrepreneur with the financial support, mentorship, and resources necessary to develop their business idea. In return, you will have the opportunity to connect with budding entrepreneurs, gain visibility for your business, and demonstrate your commitment to supporting local talent and innovation.

Deadline to donate is Monday, July 1st!

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How This Works

the application process

Get an Idea

The core of your application is your business idea. Get creative, think of opportunities in our community, and think big!

Develop a Business Plan

This is where you tell us what your business is in detail. Remember: your business plan must demonstrate a solution to a problem or offer a unique product or service in Lewis County, NY!

Make Your Pitch

With your business plan, you'll be submitting a three-to-five minute "elevator pitch" video. Start with what inspires you, with the why of what you do. Then, you can talk about how you do it. And finally, explain what you do. 


for the 2024 program

Applications Open

March 11

Applications Close

May 15

Winner Announced

June 2024