Contest Information


This page provides step-by-step instructions to compete in the Crab Pot Pitch Contest. Read through these instructions and then come back to this page to ensure that you have completed everything. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Step 1: Create an Account.

This is just a username and password that will give you access to your Profile, the form that you will submit to compete.

Select COMPETE > REGISTER from the menu at the upper right corner of the screen or click here.

Step 2: Create your Profile.

Once you have created an account, you will be able to update your Profile. You may edit your profile as much as you like up until the registration deadline. You must be logged in to edit your Profile.

To log in, select COMPETE > LOG IN from the menu (upper right corner of the screen), and enter your credentials.

To access your Profile, select COMPETE > PROFILE from the menu.

To edit your Profile, click the gear icon on the right side of the Profile screen and select Edit Profile.

This form is important. It is used to determine eligibility to compete. This form has been simplified, but still provides us with the information necessary to qualify your presentation and introduce you to the audience.

The information that you provide here will be shared with the Crab Pot coordinators and the evaluation team, but will not be made publicly available.

You must register before April 6, 2019!

Once you register, someone will contact you to help you through the process.

Step 3: Develop your Speed Round pitch.

All contestants will need to develop a single PowerPoint slide to present their Speed Round pitch. You must submit this slide by April 6, 2019! You may email the slide to You are limited to 1 slide and it must be in a PowerPoint 2010 compatible format.

Step 4: Compete in the Speed Round.

You will attend the SMIT meetup on April 11, 2019 and present your Speed Round Pitch. During the Speed Round, you and the other contestants will deliver your Speed Round pitches to the audience. There will be no judges for the Speed Round. You will have 90 seconds to present a single slide. The moderator will stop you at 90 seconds.

The Speed Round audience will select five finalists that will compete in the Crab Pot Finals.

Step 5: Develop your Final pitch?

If you are selected as a finalist, you will need to develop a set of slides in Microsoft PowerPoint. Other applications may be used, but contact us well in advance of the deadline to discuss. You will have 5 minutes to deliver your pitch. So, focus on the judging criteria and stay away from wordy slides and detailed specifications or financial information. We suggest 4-5 slides. Email your slides to before the submission deadline.

We are available to help you! Please Contact Us if you would like help building your pitch.

You must submit all Final Round slides before May 4, 2018!

Practice, Practice, Practice!

We strongly encourage you to practice both of your pitches. Pitch in front of friends, family, pets, whatever. We are also here to help. Contact Us and we will listen to the pitch and provide feedback.

Step 6: Pitch at Finals!


If you are one of the five finalists, you will deliver your Finals pitch. You will have a maximum of 5 minutes to present your slides to the judges. The moderator will stop you at 5 minutes. At the conclusion of your pitch, judges may ask questions and you may provide answers. This question and answer period is limited to 3 minutes.

Step 7: Fortune & Glory!

At the conclusion of Crab Pot Finals, the judges will retire and select the winners. We will then present the prizes and conclude the event.

This is not the end, though. Whether you have made it to the final round or not, this is a great opportunity to mingle with the judges and the audience and make connections to help you in your journey.

Now, Register!