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Student Venture Pitch & CISCO Innovation Challenge

Must-see Business Pitch Throw Down!

PHOENIX, Ariz.– October 27, 2016 -The South Mountain Community College (SMCC) Student Venture Pitch Competition and Arizona State University (ASU) Cisco Innovation Challenge have joined forces to bring entrepreneurial ideas into action.

Student entrepreneurs will pitch for the opportunity to win funds to launch and grow their businesses ideas. Students will have three minutes to compete for funding before a panel of successful inventors, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial-minded practitioners in the business community. Presentations include an overview of the business, defined customer or market and how the business will benefit from the prize money.


2 PM – SMCC Student Venture Pitch
A $2,000 prize pool, sponsored by MariSol Federal Credit Union. Live judging of SMCC Student Entrepreneur Business Ideas.

6 PM – ASU Cisco Innovation Challenge
Live judging of pitch presentations from community college students mentored by ASU, SMCC Community Entrepreneurship Center, and PVCC Entrepreneurship Education Center. Students will have five minutes to pitch new Internet of Everything solutions and technologies. Winners for the $10,000 prize pool will be announced. $5,000 first place | $3,000 second place | $2,000 third place. This event is made possible by a Cisco corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

For more information about the ASU Poder program with the SMCC Community Entrepreneurship Center, please visit For more information about the Cisco Innovation Challenge, visit


About South Mountain Community College
South Mountain Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training. The main campus is located on Baseline Rd. and 24th St. in Phoenix. There are two satellite locations, SMCC’s Guadalupe site and SMCC’s Laveen site. South Mountain Community College is part of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation.

About ASU
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

About Cisco
Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to CSR gives people the skills they need to thrive in a connected world. We empower them to harness technology to solve global problems and speed the space of social change. Discover more at and follow us on Twitter @CiscoCSR

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. As the largest community foundation in the world, we engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at