Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge

You see opportunities. You have ideas that could make an impact. And, you’re smart enough to know that you can’t do it all by yourself. At the Miller School of Entrepreneurship, we can start you on your entrepreneurial journey with the Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge.

The Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge (PEC) is the Miller School’s signature business pitch competition. It’s open to all entrepreneurship teams that have at least one enrolled ECU student.

Since 2018 the Pirate Challenge has awarded more than $700,000 in cash and prizes making the PEC the richest entrepreneurship pitch competition in North Carolina.

This year’s PEC features more than $150,000 in cash and prizes!

**Deadline to register is 10/11, 5 p.m.**

Information Sessions:

Session 1: September 28, 2023, 4:00 p.m. in Isley Innovation Hub

Session 2: October 4, 12:00 p.m. at Health Science Student Center

Session 3: October 4, 2023, 2:00 p.m. in Isley Innovation Hub

Round 1:

Date/Time: Oct. 17, 2023, 12 – 2 p.m. (Rain Date 10/19)

Location: ECU main campus mall

Round 2:

Date/Time: Feb. 6, 2024, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Health Sciences Student Center, Grand Room 202

Round 3:

Date/Time: April 10, 2024, 6 – 8:30 pm.
Location: Main Student Center Ballrooms A and B

Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge Application

Classes for PEC Registrants & Open to All ECU Students  (via WebEx)

Persistence and Resilience
Dr. Joy Karriker and Mr. David Mayo teach theory and practice for becoming lifelong, successful entrepreneurs.
Recording Link: https://ecu.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/ecu/recording/playback/b0d7c24b10724302b9f162cc479c9f2b
Password: KnXxdb*2

Creating the Best Pitch Video
Mr. Rich Klindworth from ECU News Services teaches how to create the best 3-5 minute video for the PEC first round.
Recording Link: https://ecu.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/ecu/recording/playback/3579b0ba12f4469c8ee492c49bd70612
Password: Nbp4JQh$

Create a Clear and Compelling Elevator Pitch
Miller School Entrepreneurs-in-Residence teach how to create a 30-second elevator pitch to quickly communicate the business’s value to stakeholders.
Slideshow: https://business.ecu.edu/wp-content/pv-uploads/sites/152/2020/10/Elevator-Pitch-ECU-COB.pdf

Tips from the Winner’s Circle
Former PEC winners provide tips on how to win the Pirate Challenge.
Recording Link: https://ecu.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/ecu/recording/playback/029d8dc695e04afea5042de22c5b4bd4
Password: jPhdgh7*