Pitch a PROGRAM made possible by Union Bank & Trust

Tuesday, October 30, 2018  7:00PM

Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center - Unity Room


“Pitch a Program” is a unique opportunity where any University of Nebraska Recognized Student Organization can pitch an event idea in person to a panel of judges. The selected pitch will be chosen to be programmed in the following semester. Student Involvement will work with those who presented the winning pitch by providing event planning resources such as logistics, funding and marketing support. The Winning Pitch will be awarded up to $10,000 for their program.  “Pitch a Program” will take place on October 30, 2018 and those who want to present a pitch must apply by the deadline, October 8, 2018 at 12:00pm (Noon).


Through “Pitch a Program” Student Involvement and Union Bank & Trust aims to be open and responsive to the Husker Community, facilitate student creativity, and program diverse events.


After the application deadline, the number of applicants will be narrowed down to semi-finalists following a review of all applications. Then, those semi-finalists will be interviewed by a panel of judges, in which both parties can learn more about one another and the event idea. Following this, the number of applicants will be reduced to finalists. Modeled after the Television Show “Shark Tank,” final pitches will be given publicly to a panel of judges. On the day of the event, one must have prepared an engaging presentation of about 8 minutes long. One event will be chosen to be programmed the next semester.

Only Recognized Student Organizations can give a pitch. To be considered, the RSO must officially apply through NvolveU 2.0 before the application deadline and be chosen to give the pitch in person.


In order to be a participant in “Pitch a Program”, the following requirements must be met:

  • Be a University of Nebraska Recognized Student Organization in compliance.
  • Fill out an Application Form by the application deadline.
  • Be available for interview on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00pm.
  • If chosen, your group must be available to give the pitch in person on October 30, 2018 at 7:00pm. Presentation must explain the event and how it would benefit the Nebraska community.
  • Ideally the event will occur in February or March 2019.
  • Event must occur on the University of Nebraska campus.

All pitches will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity – An event must be creative to engage a diverse student body. Has this event happened before? Does the event reach a niche audience?
  • Feasibility – An event must be possible to pull off. Does the budget work for the amount of students who will attend?  Do we have the appropriate space and resources to put this event on?
  • Audience Participation – Chosen event must be one that students will want to attend. Audience members will have a chance to weigh in on the pitches so encourage your friends to come! (For finalists at Pitch a Program)

Apply for the “Pitch a Program” HERE. The application deadline is October 8 at 12:00pm (Noon).

***Not all applicants are guaranteed an opportunity to present their pitch in person. You will be notified if you have been selected.


Interviews will take place on Friday, October 19 from 1:00pm-5:00pm.  All interviews will take place in the Nebraska Union.


6:30pm Registered participants check-in

7:00pm Audience arrives and Student Involvement presentation

7:15pm Pitches Begin

***Students can attend this event as an audience and presenters are encouraged to stay for the pitches given by other presenters.

What To Wear

Business Casual is suggested but feel free to wear whatever attire you think will help you make your pitch!

Helpful Tips

  1. People don’t buy “What” you do, they buy “Why” you do it. What makes your pitch stand out from others?
  2. The University of Nebraska is a diverse campus and Student Involvement aims to program events for all communities on campus. Does your pitch hit a niche community in a unique way?
  3. Be prepared to answer questions from the panel by having a well thought out vision.
  4. When planning the big picture of an event, the details can be forgotten. Think through the logistics of the event and be sure it is physically possible.

Veronica Riepe
Email: vriepe2@unl.edu
Phone: 402.472.2454