Grand Challanges Events

Team naRoho at the 2023 Pitch Competition

The Grand Challenges Pitch Competition is a celebration of Dyson students, teams, community partners, and clients. During this annual spring event, teams share their work and explain how prize money could support the impactful goals of their project partner.

The Grand Challenges Pitch Competition is part of Better Business Week with the Dyson Undergraduate Council (DUC).

Join us on March 14, 2024 from 6:00-8:00 pm in Biotech G10. The event will be in person and streamed live from this website. Register to attend in person or to receive a reminder about the live-stream. Cornell students should register through Campus Groups.

Space is limited in Biotech G10, so those who plan to attend in person should register early. We encourage busing or carpooling.

Dean Zhao at the 2023 Pitch Competition

Pitch Competition Schedule

5:30-6:00 pm: Doors open, heavy hors d’oeuvres and networking
6:00-7:00 pm: Welcome and pitches by the five finalist teams
7:00-7:15 pm: Break and judge deliberations
7:15-7:45 pm: Dyson’s Got Talent (highlighting the amazing skills and not-so-hidden talents of our students)
7:45-8:00 pm: Winners announced and closing

Judges at the 2023 Pitch Competition

Not Your Typical Pitch Competition

What is your project? Why does it matter? How will the prize money support your project partner? And how will you translate your knowledge into action toward business for a better world?

Grand Challenges project teams apply to the Pitch Competition in late February and the top five finalists pitch their project to a live audience and panel of judges. Each four-minute pitch will be followed by a brief question period for judges to seek more information. Judges will award $8000 in prize money to five Grand Challenges project teams. Prize money is given to the community partner or client who worked with the student team, not to the team itself.

2023 Pitch Competition

Event Acknowledgements

Platinum Sustainable Event Badge

The Grand Challenges Program, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the Dyson Undergraduate Council would like to thank our generous donors and the SC Johnson College of Business External Relations Team for helping to fund this Cornell Certified Sustainable Event. We would also like to thank all who provide time, feedback, and insights to support our growing program. A special thanks to our students, clients, and community partners who inspire us with their work.