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Fall 2023 Pop-up pitch competitions

SFA students, give it your best shot in 30 seconds! Pitch your idea for a problem you want to solve or a business you want to start or have started.

The competition is open to all majors. You can join us at a pop-up pitch event in your college or stop by the Baker Pattillo Student Center Spirit Lounge on a Wednesday that works best for you. View the pop-up pitch dates for more details.

Fall 2023 prizes

The top six finalists from these competitions will pitch at a Lumberjacks basketball game at the beginning of the spring semester. The winner will advance to the annual Lumberjack Entrepreneurship Competition in April 2024 for a chance to win more prizes.

  • First place each college: a $1,000 scholarship and automatic entry in the overall SFA pitch competition
  • First place overall: $2,000 in additional scholarships
  • Second place overall: $1,000 in additional scholarships
  • Third place overall: $500 in additional scholarships

Pop-up pitch dates

Open pitches

Wednesday, Oct. 18-Nov. 29 (except Thanksgiving week)

Noon-1 p.m., Baker Pattillo Student Center Spirit Lounge

Pitches within each college

Thursdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 30 (except Thanksgiving)

Locate your college in the list below for dates and location details.

  • Business, Rusche College of
    • Oct. 19, Noon-1 p.m., Location TBA
  • Education, James I. Perkins College of
    • Nov. 16, Noon-1 p.m., Location TBA
  • Fine Arts, Micky Elliott College of
    • Nov. 30, Noon-1 p.m., Location TBA
  • Forestry and Agriculture, Arthur Temple College of
    • Oct. 26, Noon-1 p.m., Agriculture Building
    • Oct. 30, Noon-1 p.m., Forestry Building
  • Liberal and Applied Arts, College of
    • Nov. 2, Noon-1 p.m., Location TBA
  • Sciences and Mathematics, College of
    • Nov. 9, Noon-1 p.m., Location TBA

Campuswide annual "Shark Tank"-style competition

Open to all students regardless of major, the Lumberjack Entrepreneurship Competition judges evaluate contestants on:

  • the market opportunities for their businesses
  • and their situational awareness, pitches, business models and go-to-market strategies.

2024 competition information will be announced late October

We're working hard to finalize the competition details and will post information as soon as everything is ready!

2023 competition recap

First place
Walker Ridgeway Lumberjack Entrepreneurship Competition
Clarity Vape Filters

The first-place prize of $5,000 went to Clarity Vape Filters, a one-size-fits-all filter for electronic cigarettes by Walker Ridgeway, a senior in entrepreneurship from The Woodlands.

Second place
Bacem Ben Daly, Lumberjack Entrepreneurship Competition

Management exchange student Bacem Ben Daly from Tunisia earned the $3,000 second-place prize with Salve, a social networking app that matches locations and similar interests.

Third place
Abbi Williams, Lumberjack Entrepreneurship Competition
Conceal What Matters

The $1,500 third-place prize went to Abbi Williams, a business junior from Nacogdoches, for Conceal What Matters, a line of modest, conceal-carry athletic wear.

Read more about the 2023 winners.

2022 competition recap

First place
Stephan McLawrence Lumberjack Entrepreneurship Competition

The first-place prize of $5,000 went to Reefvita, a sea moss smoothie business developed by Stephan McLawrence, a graduate student in finance from Carriacou, Grenada.

Second place
Quinton Williams Lumberjack Entrepreneurship Competition

General business sophomore Quinton Williams of Dallas earned the $3,000 second-place prize with his apparel business event QC B5 Beauty Pageant.

Third place
Ryan Waugh Lumberjack Entrepreneurship Competition

The $1,500 third-place prize went to entrepreneurship major and senior Ryan Waugh of Austin for his educational video game Play Gov.

Read more about the 2022 winners.


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Physical Address:
1908 Raguet Street
McGee Business Building, Suite 377

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13004, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962


The Rusche College of Business is AACSB accredited.