Entry deadline: January 31st, 2019
On-line form completed and submitted by midnight CST on January 31st, 2019. (Please note that you will receive a confirmation screen and confirmation email. If you do not receive these, you're application did not go through.) High schools student submissions should have letters of endorsement emailed to email@example.com by the deadline too.
Up to 20 finalists will be chosen to present his/her pitch at the 19th Annual SEA Conference which will be held February 23rd & 24th, 2019 at 2112 / Fort Knox Studios in Chicago, IL. Pitches will take place on Sunday, February 24th. Finalists must be present to win. Winners will be announced during the closing session on Sunday. Anyone winning funding must submit a W-9 to SEA so that we can process your prize. FINALISTS WILL BE NOTIFIED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 8TH, 2019 BY 11:59 PM CST. Please note that finalists must be registered for the 19th Annual SEA Conference to participate.
Online applications will be reviewed with up to 20 finalists selected. On-site the finalists will present in front of a panel of judges and also answer questions. This will be done in a board room to a small audience. The 90 second pitch will be followed by 3 minutes of Q&A from the judges. Based on the application, live pitch, and answers in the Q&A time they will decide how to distribute the prize pool.
There will be two workshops on Saturday. Finalists are encouraged to attend.
All submissions require a faculty or administrator contact at your school. We strongly encourage you to work closely with them on your submission. High school submissions also require a letter of support from a teacher or administrator. This letter should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more resources, please see the additional links on this page.
If any of the judges have a question on your submission, we will email you at the email you have provided on your online application.
If you have any questions regarding any aspect of this competition, please contact the SEA Director at email@example.com or 630-637-5468