1st Place Prize
+ A Startup Services Package
2nd Place Prize
+ A Startup Services Package
People's Choice Award
Champagne Brunch for Two courtesy of the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club
WEDC Pitch Award
Gold Room One Night Stay courtesy of the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club
*A recording of all female lead pitches will be automatically entered into the WEDC Pitch Competition to take place on Nov 19th.
What is the Rocket Pitch Competition?
What does a budding entrepreneur do when they have a great idea, but no capital to get their idea started? They enter the BEDC Rocket Pitch Competition!
The Rocket Pitch Competition was launched in 2008 as part of the inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week, a weeklong celebration to inspire, mentor and engage the public around all things entrepreneurial. This Island-wide business plan competition is a chance for emerging entrepreneurs to submit a plan to launch an enterprise providing products or services to both local and global challenges of any type.
Over the past eleven years, the Rocket Pitch Competition has helped entrepreneurs to launch or expand over forty businesses.
This event will be live streamed on November 15th on YouTube. The show begins at 6:00pm!
How Does it Work?
The framework of the Rocket Pitch presentation is simple, the presenter has five minutes to tell a story to potential investors and then respond to questions. The main goal of a Rocket Pitch is to illustrate a business opportunity. A pitch needs to be clear and straightforward and not overly technical. Those that enter the Competition and make it to the finals receive a cash award that has ranged from $1,000 – $5,000.
How To Enter the Competition
Have a great idea! New ideas and current businesses are welcome.
Download your Pitch Kit! Use it to help guide you to create a presentation that illustrates your business idea. Select the pitch category that best fits your business idea.
Submit your Pitch! Fill out the "Submit Your Pitch" form below or email your pitch to email@example.com.
Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 16th by 11:59pm.
Rocket Pitch Bootcamp: Monday, November 1st.
Coaching & Preliminary Rounds:
All submissions are reviewed and entrepreneurs are asked to participate in the preliminary rounds. Preliminary Rounds: BEDC Offices, October 19th – 21st. Entrepreneurs are asked to pitch their ideas in a closed door preliminary process that determines if you make it to the Rocket Pitch Finals. Finalists will then participate in the Rocket Pitch Bootcamp to help them level up their pitch.
Rocket Pitch Competition Finals:
The Competition Finals will be held on Tuesday, November 15th. Finalists will have 5 mins only to pitch their idea in front of a panel of judges made up of industry experts and potential investors. Winners will be announced and awards will be presented.
Rocket Pitch Categories
All submissions will be added into one of the categories below.
Submit Your Pitch
Pitch Submission Deadline
- October 16th - by 11:59pm
- Submission Deadline
- Don't forget to submit your pitch! Any pitches submitted after the deadline will not be accepted into the competition.
Coaching & Preliminary Rounds
- Oct 19 - 21 - 10am - 3pm
- Rocket Pitch Preliminary Rounds
- BEDC Office, 1st Floor Sofia House, 48 Church Street
Rocket Pitch Competition Nov 15th
- 6:00pm - 6:10pm
- Welcome & Opening Remarks
- 6:10pm - 6:15pm
- Explanation of Rocket Pitch Competition
- 6:15pm - 6:35pm
- Competition Time: Youth Pitch Category
- 6:35pm - 6:55pm
- Competition Time: Pitch Tech Category
- 6:55pm - 7:15pm
- Competition Time: Pitch Pink Category
- 7:15pm - 7:35pm
- Competition Time: Pitch Green Category
- 7:35pm - 7:55pm
- Competition Time: Pitch Town Category
- 7:55pm - 8:15pm
- Competition Time: Pitch Food & Bev Category
- 8:15pm - 8:35pm
- Judges Deliberation/Finalists Selection & People's Choice Awards Voting
- The Judges will go off to deliberate on who will will first and 2nd place in each category. Meanwhile, the audience will vote live on which pitch will receive the People's Choice Award!
- 8:35pm - 8:45pm
- Rocket Pitch Winners Announced
- 8:45pm - 8:55pm
- Closing Remarks
The Rocket Pitch Competition has become an annual event that people look forward to every year and it continues to create opportunities for new ideas to be realized. This cooperative effort is made possible through public and private partnerships that lay the foundation for new young entrepreneurs.