entrepreneur education & pitch contest


Project ACTIVATE SouthEast 

Fort Wayne

The 2022 competition is now complete!

Application tips & Tricks

The PASE Pitch Competition is your chance to win up to $150,000 to launch your business in Southeast Fort Wayne! You must have already completed the education portion of our program. You’ll need to assemble four things for the application:

  • A photo or PDF of your education certificate
  • A two-page executive summary of your business idea
  • A slide presentation of your idea
  • A 3-5 minute video of your pitch

Executive Summary

Your Executive Summary should be no longer than 2 pages. An Executive Summary provides a brief overview of your startup. It should include:

  • Problem
  • Solution
  • Market Size
  • Competition
  • Business Model/Revenue Model
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Traction
  • Future Milestones
  • Team

Slide Presentation

Your slide deck should, at minimum, address the following:

  • Title (Your startup’s name)
  • Customers (Show a clear understanding of who your customers are)
  • The Problem (What problem, need, or pain point have you discovered?)
  • Solution (Your product or service)
  • Team
  • Market
  • Competition
  • Revenue Model/Business Model (How you make money)
  • Go to Market Strategy (How you will find first customers and gain market traction)
  • Key Next Steps (Your plans and/or your needs)

Pitch Video

Your pre-recorded pitch should be 3-5 minutes long. We recommend that you use the Zoom platform, so that your video shows you talking and your pitch deck simultaneously. The free version has the record feature. You may want to have someone assist you with pressing the buttons so that you can focus on your presentation.

Setting counts. Tidy up your background, or consider a realistic and professional Zoom virtual background.

Judges want to see you. Make sure your light source is in front of you and not behind you. Stack your computer on books if needed to get a camera angle that is at eye level. 

Practice. Practice. Practice.

And remember, since this is a pre-recorded pitch, you can record yourself more than once until you get something you’re happy with!

Want to see a whole bunch of examples? Explore the Pitch Deck database on AngelMatch!
Tip: filter by your industry and the lowest funding amount.

Your best move? Get feedback before you apply. Sign up for an appointment to review your pitch with Andy!

Applications are now closed. Want to prepare for the 2023 competition? Check out the Build Institute. They’ll help you identify and hone strengths, connect to a supportive network, and learn the basics of starting a business.



kick off for PASE Pitch Competition

OctoBER 28

applications for pitch competition close


semifinalists notified


semifinal judging over Zoom


finalists notified


finalists pitch live!

What we do

PASE is a Signature Program established by Councilwoman Sharon Tucker to break down barriers to development and build a thriving startup ecosystem. PASE is designed to engage and empower entrepreneurs to locate their service-based businesses in the Southeast quadrant of Fort Wayne.

Entrepreneur Education

We start by setting you up for success! The Build Institute helps you identify and hone strengths, connect to a supportive network, and learn the basics of starting a business.

Pitch Competition

Once you’ve been through entrepreneurial education and outlined your business plan, you’re eligible to compete with other entrepreneurs for up to $150,000 to launch your business!

Community Development

Why are we doing all this? Because we love our community and want to create a prosperous future for all of us. Join us in nurturing Southeast Fort Wayne’s home-grown innovation!