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Now Accepting Alumni and Student Entries for 4th Annual Orange Tank Business Pitch Competition

Now Accepting Alumni and Student Entries for 4th Annual Orange Tank Business Pitch Competition

As part of the Orange Central 2018 celebration, set for October 18-20, the Whitman School will host the 4th Annual Orange Tank business pitch competition on Friday, October 19. Current Whitman students and alumni entrepreneurs can enter for a chance to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges.

Thanks to a generous gift from Mark ’83 and Judi ’84 (VPA) Morris, the first-place presenter in the alumni and student category will win $5,000. A prize of $2,000 will be awarded to the second-place presenter in each category and $1,000 to the third-place winners.

The Orange Tank event will take place from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Whitman’s Flaum Grand Hall. The six winning presenters will be announced at the conclusion of the competition and a networking reception will follow.

Whitman alumni and current students who have not previously placed in an Orange Tank competition are invited to submit their business venture for consideration. Alumni and student business applications will be accepted through Friday, September 14. Five business ideas from each category will be selected to present on October 19. Notifications will be made within two weeks of the submission deadline.

We welcome alumni, students and guests to attend Orange Tank as a member of the audience. Reservations can be made online via the Orange Central homepage, where details about all events happening on campus can also be found.

Please contact Alison Kessler, interim executive director of alumni and corporate relations, at ahkessle@syr.edu with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you in October. Thanks for your support of the Whitman School!

Alison Kessler

Alison Kessler is the alumni publications and outreach manager at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. She has amassed more than 20 years of experience in integrated marketing communications in the corporate, agency, not-for-profit, higher education and government sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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