2020 NACCE Pitch for the Trades
Presented in Partnership with the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation
During our inaugural Pitch for the Trades competition in 2019, the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation awarded $75,000 in funds to five colleges in the following areas: Additive Manufacturing, Sustainable Building Construction, Construction Electrician Instruction, Skilled Trades Marketing Campaign and Entrepreneurial Courses Embedded in Cosmetology & Barbering Program. Collectively, these projects served more than 260 students, prepared them for jobs in the skilled trades, provided job readiness and internships, supported the creation of new ventures, leveraged additional funding of $46,500, supported populations at risk, created positive social impact, and increased visibility for community colleges.
Building upon the success of 2019's Pitch for the Trades, NACCE has partnered with the Ratcliffe Foundation to launch NACCE's Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Center of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. This NACCE Center of Practice is excited to announce that the 2020 VIRTUAL Pitch for the Trades competition will offer $125,000 in cash prizes to our winners! Your college could win as much as $50,000 to help launch your project related to the skilled trades. Don't miss this opportunity to shine – create a buzz on campus and in your community today! NACCE will be hosting an informational webinar on Wednesday, August 12 at 2:00 pm EST. We encourage you to tune in and learn more about the 2020 Pitch for the Trades!
Apply to Participate in the 2020 NACCE Pitch for the Trades
Dear NACCE Members and Entrepreneurs,
NACCE is excited to encourage you to apply for this year’s Ratcliffe Pitch for the Trades competition as we kick off a multi-year partnership with the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation. The intent of this competition is to meet the economic, educational and environmental needs of our communities by fostering job creation in the Skilled Trades.
Our goal is to award as many teams as possible an amount that will make success possible for these creative and innovative programs. As the project manager of the program, I look forward to collaborating with you in this effort and am available to answer questions you may have.
Best wishes to you on your project and pitch!
Applications will be accepted August 12 - September 11, 2020
Friday, September 11, 2020 | 5:00 PM EST
Deadline to submit your registration, Executive Summary, and one-minute introductory video.
Monday, September 14, 2020 | Noon EST
2020 Semi-Finalists will be posted. Project team leads will be notified by email by 5:00 pm EST. This could be you! Mark your calendar now, and be ready to pitch the following day, September 15!
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 12:30 pm EST
NACCE will host the 2020 Pitch for the Trades Semi-Final Virtual Competition. Each team will have 2 minutes to pitch. A panel of judges will have 5 minutes for Q & A. This is your team’s opportunity to expand your story, give details about the challenge your project is working to solve and its economic impact. How many students will be served? What are the anticipated numbers of jobs created? What type of employment is obtained? What is the income earned and is it a living-wage? How many businesses will be launched? Tell us why this project matters to your community. Remember, this is your best opportunity to use your public speaking, communications and entrepreneurial thinking skills to pitch your story. Video clips embedded in this two-minute pitch will not be considered.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | 5:00 pm EST
2020 Pitch for the Trades Finalists will be posted. Project team leads will be notified by email by 6:00 pm EST. The top 6 teams selected will to the final virtual Pitch for the Trades competition, held in conjunction with Lighting-Up Entrepreneurship in Music City: The NACCE 18th Annual Conference, presented by Verizon, on October 13, 2020. You will have three weeks to hone your pitch and tweak your presentation to elaborate on project details and incorporate feedback provided in the semi-final round. Mark your calendars for the finals!
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 5:00 pm EST
Finalists must submit a 2 minute pre-recorded final pitch to NACCE. Video file upload/transfer instructions will be emailed to your project lead no later than Thursday, October 1 at 5:00 pm EST. Pre-recording your pitch for the finals eliminates technology challenges such as disruption in Wi-Fi, dogs barking, doorbells ringing and other unexpected surprises.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 7:00 pm CST
The six finalist’s pre-recorded pitches will be streamed live to a panel of judges and NACCE conference attendees on October 13. Teams must be available for the 5 minute Q & A from the final judges that will begin at 7:00 pm CST. This final pitch is being held in conjunction with Lighting-Up Entrepreneurship in Music City: The NACCE 18th Annual Conference, presented by Verizon.
ü Applicants must represent a NACCE member college.
ü One member of your Pitch for the Trades project team must register for the NACCE Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, scheduled for October 11 – 14, 2020, and be available to participate in the final round of the virtual pitch competition on Tuesday, October 13. Either in-person or virtual registration is acceptable.
ü 2020 Pitch for the Trades projects must have the support of your community college president.
ü The grants management or foundation team from college applicants must be aware of the pitch project and the intent to apply. Pitch for the Trades prize funds allow the allocation of 10% or less to administrative/management fees.
ü Colleges may participate in the Pitch for the Trades program annually. Projects may be pitched more than once, however projects that have previously been awarded NACCE/Ratcliffe Foundation funds are not eligible to win additional prize money.
ü Each college's 2020 Pitch for the Trades project should be unique to this competition. Projects that are simultaneously pitched to other competitions may be disqualified.
To be considered, each project must complete the 2020 Pitch for the Trades registration form, submit an executive summary of their project, and provide a one minute video that tells NACCE how your project relates to the skilled trades will positively impact the economic well-being of your community. Follow the links below to submit your application components:
Tell us your story! We want to hear how your project idea relates to the skilled trades and it will positively impact the economic well-being of your community. Describe how the project will expand opportunities in the skilled trades and foster job creation and entrepreneurship. How many students do you anticipate this project will impact and why does this project matters to your community? Videos of you pitching your project are to be submitted on the NACCE- Ratcliffe Pitch for the Trades page. We look forward to you and your team to telling us your story. Videos clips embedded within your pitch will not be considered. Video files must be less than 10GB in order to be submitted.
Click here to view the rubric that our judges will use to evaluate projects submitted to the 2020 Pitch for the Trades competition.
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Frequently Asked Questions
All NACCE member colleges are encouraged to apply.
Please ask for what you truly need to help get your project off the ground and to keep it going. The maximum award will not exceed $50,000. We encourage you to leverage the NACCE- Ratcliffe award with other monies to fully fund your project.
Faculty, staff and adminisrators from NACCE member colleges. At least one person on the pitch project must be is registered for the NACCE Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, October 11 – 14, 2020, and be available to participate virtually in the final round of the virtual pitch competition on Tuesday, October 13, beginning at 7:00 PM, Central Time. Either in-person or virtual registration is acceptable, but please note that 100% of this competition is being held virtually in 2020.
The project must have the support of your community college president.
You'll also want to confirm that your college’s grants management and/or foundation departments are aware of the project and agree to a maximum of 10% or less administrative management fee.
Yes, multiple applications will be considered, however, only one project per college may be selected for a cash award. NACCE looks forward to hearing about the vast and diverse work you are proposing at your institutions.
The definition of skilled trade is fairly broad, including but not limited to: Industrial millwright, marine technology, welding, HVAC, carpentry & construction, aerospace & aviation, collision repair, automotive technology, diesel technology, truck driving, and advanced manufacturing. Strongest consideration will be given to skilled trades in high demand areas.
To be competitive, your narrative should be compelling and your solution unique. Pitches are to be conducted "in-person" by a single pitcher or as a team effort. Videos may not be incorporated into your pitch.
The scoring rubric that is being used for this competition is posted on the Pitch for the Trades page for your review.
We are looking to see that your proposal is fiscally sound. We will not be looking for a fully vetted business plan at this point.
The scoring rubric that is being used for this competition is posted on the Pitch for the Trades page for your review. Competitive projects are those that demonstrate “greatest” economic impact on the local level with respect to jobs created, employment obtained, income earned and businesses launched.
Unfortunately, addressing the needs in the K-12 system is outside of the mission of the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation and the 2020 NACCE Pitch for the Trades competition and cannot be considered in the 2020 Pitch for the Trades competition. Such a project sounds like a great long-range endeavor and we’re all about encouraging K-12 students to consider the question, “What does college look like and am I college bound?”, just not within the context of the Pitch for the Trades competition.
Need more information?
Reach out to a member of the NACCE team!