Can two
minutes change
your life?


BUT $10,000 CAN!*

*The $10,000 is the grand prize for MavsChallenge and will not be awarded on February 23rd. Top 2 winners of PitchUTA will receive an interactive SXSW registration.


#Pitch UTA brings UTA’s budding entrepreneurs together on one stage to compete for the coveted MavsChallenge, a $10,000 prize, and the attention of media and investors. The judges include top venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and previous winners including VR Now, FADE, and many more. Participation is free and open to any UTA student. Apply now!


#Pitch UTA will enable you to network with other early-stage companies, investors, and other talented individuals from the UTA community. Also, learn more about UTA’s entrepreneurial programs, events and opportunities such as UTA Entrepreneur Society, EpicMavs, Startup Arlington, and much more. Take this chance to collaborate with top entrepreneurs to expedite your own entrepreneurial endeavors. 


#Pitch UTA invites top infleuncers and change drivers from the DFW community to create a master-mind environment. Share the space and connect with influential judges, venture capitalists and investors to learn from their perosnal experience on how to turn an idea into a business, acquire funding  and grow your personal wealth. Be there at 5PM to start networking with juges, VCs, investors and some surpise guests!


The #PitchUTA Elevator Pitch Competition is produced by Agni and is hosted by the College of Business at UT Arlington. The competition gives participants two minutes to convey the value of their business venture to a panel of judges. 

Prizes in Each Category

  • 1st Place – One Interactive SXSW Registration +  Finalist for $10,000 MavsChallenge 
  • 2nd Place One Interactive SXSW Registration + Finalist for $10,000 MavsChallenge
  • 3rd Place – Finalist for $10,000 MavsChallenge
  • 4th Place – Finalist for $10,000 MavsChallenge
  • 5th Place – Finalist for $10,000 MavsChallenge

Top 5 finalists will receive coaching and mentorship from TechFW

Competition Guidelines & Eligibility

  • The competition is open to teams or individuals. Only one individual will be allowed to pitch for each team.
  • No visual aid will be available to the participants. Only a mic and 120 seconds to pitch!
  • At least one team member in the undergraduate division must be currently enrolled in a class at UTA.

What is an Elevator Pitch?

An elevator pitch is a concise and well-practiced description of a business venture that you would deliver if you found yourself in an elevator with a potential investor. In 2 minutes, your pitch should describe the following:

  • Product or Service
  • Market and its size
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Plan to make money
  • Leadership Team
  • Comepetition


The judging panel consists of experienced entrepreneurs and business experts. All judges have experience in, or exposure to, successful innovative businesses, early-stage technology development process and understand the research, development, and business-formation challenges faced by different types of businesses.

Amir Makhani

Amir Makhani

Mr. Makhani is a multi-millionaire, veteran serial entrepreneur involved in real-esate, and manufacturing. He is a well known community leader in Dallas and a board member of South Asia Democracy Watch. He started social work in 1977, when he served as the President of welfare group for medical needs of children in Karachi. Although, Mr. Makhnai is an entrepreneur, he believes in solving problems for the middle class providing them with justice and fairness. 

Kaitlin Klarer

Kaitlin Klarer

Kaitlin Klarer is an entrepreneur, real estate investor, blogger and strategist committed to fighting stigmas against women investors and investing in general, making investing easier and more accessible to everyone. She is also the host of the networking event (IN – Investor Networking) in Dallas, TX that provides simple, real-world strategies on investing.

Robert Collier

Robert Collier

Robert Collier is an entrepreneur, speaker and Founder of Entrepreneurs Dinner. Entrepreneurs Dinner brings entrepreneurs from around the country together for a curated, invite-only event to grow their businesses hosted at gorgeous, private residences with private chefs serving delicious four-course meals. Robert is the leader of the Intimacy Economy and delivered a TEDx talk titled “Why are billion dollar brands chasing intimacy?”

Joshua Starmiello

Joshua Starmiello

Josh has been a serial entrepreneur since he started his first business at 16. He loves game theory, trying to understand the human mind and building things. Josh currently manages Barista Ventures a consultancy focused on building companies through technology and better practices. He has founded several start-ups in the food and logistics space and is an active member of the DFW startup community.

Vistasp Karbhari

Vistasp Karbhari

Vistasp Karbhari will be the ‘Judge of Honor’ He is the eighth president of the University of Texas at Arlington. He is renowned for his research in composite materials and structural engineering, having received his PhD in civil engineering from the University of Delaware. He is an author or co-author of 200 refereed archival papers in different scientific journals.

Join us for the very first #Pitch UTA Elevator Pitch Competition

Friday, February 23 2018 at 5PM in the Lone Star Auditorium, MAC.

Awards ceremony will immediately follow the competition at the Lone Star Auditorium.