Southern Utah Speech Pitch

The Southern Utah Speed Pitch Competition, hereafter referred to as the “Competition”, will be held as part of this year’s Rural Summit, on the Southern Utah University campus. The Competition is intended to help identify and support high-potential early-stage businesses and business ideas. With $10,000 in cash prizes plus additional awards, all entrepreneurs who meet the criteria are encouraged to consider entering the competition to have their idea heard and evaluated.

  1. The business must not be generating more than $100,000 per year.
  2. This Competition is open to legal residents of Iron, Beaver, and Garfield Counties, and all SUU students.
  3. Applicants must be available for Round 1 on Sept 3rd @ 2-4 PM and Round 2 on Sept 4th @ 9-10 AM
  4. Winners are encouraged to keep their businesses and develop their winning ideas in Southern Utah
  5. The following are not eligible: judging and contest agencies involved in the administration, development, fulfillment and execution of this contest, including their immediate family members.
  6. Entries must be submitted before Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 12 noon.
  7. Applicants may enter individually or in groups, but only one entry per person. No person may participate in the presentation of more than one idea.
  8. Entries must describe a legitimate invention or business that may be lawfully operated in the United States. Entries must be the original work of the entrant, must not infringe any third-party rights, and may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations.
  9. SUU assumes all participants and spectators in this contest agree to implied non-disclosure. Proprietary concepts and intellectual property may be protected by a provisional patent or copyright, should the contestant desire. Contestants in this contest will not be penalized for withholding key concepts or intellectual property associated with their business idea.
  10. Rules are subject to change without prior notice

Official Entry Form

Please tell us about you and your team by completing the following:


Speed Pitch Judges


Tyler Stillman
Director - SUU Larry H. Miller Entrepreneurship Program


Jon Black
Chair of Entrepreneur Leadership Council and Senior Consultant at CFO International


Gary Herbert
Governor of Utah


Michelle Tullis
Business Development Officer - State Bank of Southern Utah


Kary Smith
Founder - TouchMD & NOVI Home


Mary Pearson
Dean - SUU Dixie Leavitt School of Business


Tenia Wallace
Creative Director - Decorworx


LaNor Warby
Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer - State Bank of Southern Utah