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2022 ROMBA Startup Pitch Competition

This competition is open to any LGBTQ+ MBA student or alumni. Active allies may join a team with LGBTQ+ identifying members.

— Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, but we appreciate and encourage early entries!

— The deadline for submitting your application is 11:59pm PT on September 18, 2022.

— The entire competition will take place in-person at the ROMBA Conference on Saturday, October 8. 

Your startup may be a real entity or fictitious; we will be judging your startup based on its merits and the quality of your presentation and its delivery.

— If your startup is fictitious, please present it as a pitch for funding of your initial rollout (MVP, etc) with a clear long-term strategy and market placement.

— You will be judged on a number of items, including but not limited to: viability, defensibility, differentiation, novelty, scale, and the quality and delivery of your presentation.

— At least one member of your team must be registered and attending the 2022 ROMBA Conference as a current or alumnus LGBTQ+ MBA or related graduate student. To find teammates please click on this link: 2022 ROMBA Teammate Search Document.

— Judges will be actual VCs and entrepreneurs from our competition partner StartOut (

Prize: $5,000

Application Deadline: 11:59pm PT on September 18, 2022

Finalist Notification: September 21, 2021

Pitch Date: October 8, 2022, 11:15am-12:30pm

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