Entrepreneurship+Social Innovation

The Achievement Pitch (TAP) is a student-based, social enterprise pitch competition designed to address social and environmental challenges in communities of color while encouraging and advancing entrepreneurship among high school students.

TAP seeks to demonstrate that profits and purpose are not mutually exclusive and can go hand-in-hand.   TAP also allows participants to practice, hone, and refine their pitch/presentation skills which are valuable for future business purposes.

2022 Recap

The Pitches

Ventures from Georgia Tech and Georgia State participated in the inaugural Achievement Pitch. The finalists were between Brighter Days, an organization focused on aiding and supporting troubled youth in the juvenile justice system, and MyM3ntal, an app developed to focus on the underserved mental health needs in the African American community.

Insights from an Entrepreneur

The Conversation with an Entrepreneur featured Georgia Tech alum Lee Baker, CEO of Apex Financial Services, a boutique investment management firm. Lee spoke of the trials in launching his business in 1998 and the challenges and experiences he had learned over the years. This spawned a robust Q&A period from the engaged audience for Lee.

The Winning Pitch

Judges Dr. Tiffany Rogers Bussey, Director, Morehouse Innovation & Entrepreneur Center, and Candace Mitchell Harris, Founder & CEO, MYAVANA, provided great feedback and advice to both finalists. Ultimately, Brighter Days, featuring Gabrielle Henry and James Pratcher, both seniors at Georgia State, was awarded the first-place prize of $2,500.

The 2023 Achievement Pitch

Thursday, November 9, 2023, 6-9 PM

The 2023 Achievement Pitch will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at Georgia Tech’s Bill Moore Student Success Center, Clary Theater, 219 Uncle Heinie Way, Atlanta, GA 30332

Our Partners

The Black Market

Founded in 2020, The Black Market is a student organization on the campus of Georgia Tech which aims to increase the amount of Black student entrepreneurs on campus through providing resources and support from peers, faculty and guest speakers. The endgame is to foster a community for black students to develop entrepreneurial experiences and create companies. For additional information, please click here to inquire.

Delta Kappa Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

Chartered on Saturday, November 20, 1976, Delta Kappa Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first black Greek letter organization established on the campus of Georgia Tech. With a commitment to upholding the Cardinal Principles of Omega, Bold Delta Kappa Chapter is a leader among campus organizations through its events and activities, including its annual Clothing and Blood Drives, Talent Hunt program, Health Forums, and Black History Month initiatives.

The Process

Develop a good idea that you think would work with a group of target customers.  Or you may have one as a pre-startup or early stage venture. 
Complete the short application form by clicking here.  The deadline for applying has been extended to Friday, October 20, 2023
Develop your business plan and pitch presentation.  Be concise, thorough, and creative.
Wow the judges with your pitch and win the first place prize of $2,500!  The runner-up receives a prize of $1,250.  The pitch will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2023

Apply Today

The application period is open for submission of concepts and interest to TAP.  Teams/Ventures from 1-5 students may apply.  Click here or on the button below to complete and submit the short application.  The deadline for all applications has been extended to Friday, October 20, 2023 .  Finalists will be determined on a rolling basis and notified within 3-5 business days of their application.  Final notifications will be sent by Sunday, October 22, 2023.

Rules & Guidelines

Please click on the button below to download TAP's rules, guidelines, and other information

For Additional Information:
Please email DMMTAP3@gmail.com for further information or if you have any questions.