Entrepreneurial-minded pupils seeking to secure early-stage seed funding are encouraged to register for Auburn University’s annual Tiger Cage Enterprise Thought Competitiveness.
The program—which kicks off with ability-creating workshops this semester and concludes in the spring with many rounds of pitch competitions right before market specialist judges—allows scholar teams to contend for a share of $50,000 in startup money, sponsored by the Harbert School of Business enterprise, and a $4,000 innovation award sponsored by the Thomas Walter Center for Technological know-how Management.
“Business tips have a product or support, and engineers are the persons that create items and frequently the vital elements of a services,” reported Auburn College Director of Entrepreneurship Strategy Lou Bifano. “Anyone who is interested in sharpening their capabilities in developing a small business thought, creating an quick-to-comprehend summary, then pitching that concept to either gain approval from traders or superiors is inspired to take part.”
The 2021-22 Tiger Cage kicks off with a pair of recruitment and information events, Friday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. within Horton-Hardgrave Hall’s Innovation Lab, and Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. at the Auburn College New Venture Accelerator.
“At the kickoff gatherings, future teams will learn about the competitions, formats, what their programs need to involve and the program’s plan for the 12 months,” Bifano included. “We’re likely to have extra workshops this 12 months to help the pupils be far more competitive.”
Tiger Cage registration deadline is Nov. 19. Bifano expects about 30 to 40 applications, which will be vetted and whittled to 20 just before January’s pitch competitiveness rounds get started.
Tiger Cage quarterfinals will be Jan. 28, with semifinals on Feb. 25. Marketplace skilled judges will opt for the ultimate four teams to contend in the March 25 Tiger Cage finals.
Teams interested are also invited to take part in the Oct. 29 Halloween Pitch Opposition, which serves as a warm-up to Tiger Cage, and places $5,000 in seed funding up for grabs.
“This provides teams a possibility to get a actual experience for pitching ahead of seasoned judges before they are propelled into the Tiger Cage,” Bifano explained.
Learners intrigued in collaborating in this year’s Tiger Cage Business Concept Competitiveness are encouraged to call Lou Bifano at [email protected].