City of Austin

2016 Reverse Pitch Competition

2016 Reverse Pitch Competition

Austin, TX event series to turn valuable raw materials leaving businesses & non-profits as waste into foundations of new social enterprises.

Challenge Overview

[Re]verse Pitch Competition

An Event Series in Austin, Texas for Social Entrepreneurs Where We Pitch To You!

Entrepreneurs are used to pitching their business idea to investors, partners, and anyone they might share an elevator ride with. In this competition, the tables will turn. The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition is a social innovation program to help turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, non-profits, and institutions as waste into the foundation of new social enterprises.

Competitors work with mentors & advisors to develop repurposing business ideas and compete for Innovation Prizes to help start this new venture.

Get Involved

  • Are you an Austin entrepreneur interested in starting a business that has a positive social impact? A non-profit professional intrapraneur interested in a creative way to diversify your revenue and/or offering direct job training to their clients? Click "Pre-Register" above to register for the challenge. Then RSVP for the opening event here. You must be present at the opening event to participate. You will be notified of any status updates and be able to create an entry to the challenge when it opens.
  • Click on the "Share" button or social media icons above to share this challenge with your friends, your family, or anyone you know who has a passion for social entrepreneurship.
  • Leave a comment in our Forum to join the conversation, ask questions or connect with other innovators.
  • Click "Follow" above to be notified of any status updates to the challenge.


Additional rules

Who can participate:
The Challenge is open to all current and aspiring entrepreneurs in either the for- or non-profit sector interested in establishing or expanding an operation in Austin, Texas that reuses the byproduct materials in the competition. To be eligible to compete, you must comply with all the terms of the Challenge as defined in the Challenge-Specific Agreement. You must also attend the live opening event on October 11, 2016 at 6-8 pm at Atlassian. More information on the byproducts and the opening event are available at 

Registration and Submissions:
All Teams must be registered and have an initial concept statement uploaded by October 18, 2016 11:59 PM Central Time to be eligible for the prize. No registrations will be accepted after this date.

All Team finalist materials must be submitted online on or before November 18, 2016 11:59 PM Central Time. No submissions will be accepted after this time. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. All submissions must be received online, via the Challenge website, and all uploads can be in PDF format only. Submission reporting requirements are detailed in Judging.

Challenge Guidelines are subject to change. Registered competitors will receive notification when changes are made, however, we highly encourage you to visit the Challenge Site often to review updates.

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