All great businesses start with just an idea. Maybe you have one you'd like to pursue?
Hatch It! Mocs Big Business Idea Competition is our fall pitch competition where a good idea can earn you some cash and start-up resources to get your business going.
We're looking for all sorts of new venture ideas from across UTC. Students in any major at either the undergraduate or graduate level are welcome to apply. You don't have to have all the details worked out, but you do need to prove that there is a market for your product or service, and that you are the right team to move this new venture forward. Applicants must be in a team of between 2 and 4 members.
All participants selected for the live pitch will have access to a pitch practice with local entrepreneurship mentors.
Prizes are $2,000 for First Place and $1,000 for Second Place. Plus each winner will receive free registration for a Co.Starters workshop and free mentoring from local legal and other firms.
Each entrant who makes it to the Live Pitch, but does not win first or second place, will receive $50 in Scrappy Cash on their Mocs Card.
This event is sponsored by the Downtown Council of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, EPB, the Clarence E. Harris Chair of Excellence in Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Applications are closed for Fall 2020.
To apply, please complete the application below and download the pdf detailed application form. Applications are closed for Fall 2020.
Application Part 1 (Online Form)
Application Part 2 (Fillable PDF)
- Monday, August 31: Application available online
- Friday, October 2: Application deadline
- Thursday, October 8: Finalists for Live Pitch Notified
- Wednesday, November 4 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Live (Zoom) Pitch Competition
Pitch Location: Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and online via Zoom