What's in it for the Founders?

  • Go Deeper: Ability to expand on complex internal and external business scenarios, to elevate out of the market and segment-specific platitudes and showcase what a founder uniquely brings to the table as a founder/CEO

  • Less Time Prepping: if you know your business and industry than you will perform at a high level in a Pitch Madness tournament. No more memorizing in front of the mirror or spending hours developing a pitch deck with catchy slides! 

  • Cash, Prizes and Exposure to Investors & Executives: All of our tournaments are designed to help founders connect to resources that can get their company to the next major milestone. 


What's in it for the Judges?

  • Unique Lens into a Founder: A chance to see entrepreneurs think on their feet versus simply give a canned pitch. Their ability not only to defend their positions but also incorporate feedback on the fly which provides critical insight into a founders depth of knowledge of the industry.

  • Thought Leadership: Judging is different with Pitch Madness - Our Judges get the time to provide deep analysis on the founders responses in real time, so the entire audience has the opportunity to learn from their insights. 

  • Access to Top Talent: We curate exceptional founder talent to compete at our tournaments. 


What's in it for the Fans?

  • Entertainment: First and foremost Pitch Madness looks to make every tournament fun! We've modeled ourselves like a traveling rock band. This is because, we believe that if you're having fun you're more open to LEARN!

  • Competition: Humans have enjoyed watching other humans compete with each other for over 15,000 years - it brings out many of the fundamental pieces of a thriving society.

  • Education: Platitudes aren't helping in gathering valuable insights from founders going through similar situations that you're experiencing. The debate format creates an environment where founders can touch on specific strategies and best practices they use on a day to day bases that you could incorporate into your business.

Format Explained


Bracket Style

  • This format can be used for a one or two-day tournament. The ideal number of founders competing is  8. 

  • Founders will be seeded 1 through 8 and paired up for head2head debates within your standard sports tournament bracket. 

  • Each debate will be between 5-7 minutes in length with 2-3 questions asked by the monitor/referee.

  • Prior to starting, the referee flips a coin to decide which founder will start.

  • The referee starts the timer and presents the first question, each founder will get 30 seconds to provide their answer and then the referee opens it up to back and forth debate.

  • After the time has elapsed for the round, we kick things over to our 3 judges. 

  • Each judge has to present their analysis on how they think the founders performed in answering the questions. The judges then have to choose which founder they think should move onto the next round - this is done live, in front of both founders and audience members. 

  • The founder with the aggregate of the judge's votes will move to the next round.

  • Questions will get incrementally more complex as the rounds progress.

  • Each tournament consists of 4 first rounds, two semi-final rounds and a final.

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