Texas State to host Microsoft Community Impact Pitch-Off for second consecutive year

Campus Community 

Jayme Blaschke | November 04, 2019

TXST students taking a group photo

The Microsoft Community Impact Pitch-Off program is returning to Texas State University for the second consecutive year on Nov. 15.

Texas State is one of three universities to host Pitch-Off events in November. The national finals will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, in Jan. 2020.  

The Pitch-Off, co-sponsored by Microsoft and Net Impact, gives students the opportunity to propose a solution that addresses a problem in their local community. Judges from Microsoft and the local community will evaluate proposals. Student can choose from the following three prompts:

  • How can Microsoft extend its commitment to environmental sustainability? 
  • How can Microsoft leverage its technical knowledge and assets to address the digital divide? 
  • How can the company work to build value for both the community and Microsoft?

Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty can form teams of two to five people. The teams' 500-word proposals are due on Nov. 5. The top 10 teams will pitch their idea in front of the judging panel 2:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Alkek Teaching Theater. The winning team will receive $1,000 in prize money and $5,000 seed money to implement their idea. 

With more than 400 chapters in nearly 40 countries, Net Impact is a leadership accelerator for students and emerging professionals to bring positive change to the world’s most pressing challenges. Net Impact's programs help new leaders broaden their thinking, build their networks and scale their impact beyond individual actions. 

For more information about the program, visit www.netimpact.org/programs/microsoft-community-impact-pitchoff

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922