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Microsoft Challenge

2019 Competition

2019 Competition

Microsoft Challenge is coming back Fall 2019! 

Please contact Dr. Janet Hale. jh29@txstate.edu

Microsoft selected Texas State as one of the universities to hold a business-pitching event to help grow San Marcos’ economy.

Microsoft, along with Net Impact, a nonprofit organization that promotes using business skills to promote social and environmental causes, will host the Community Impact Pitch-Off TBD.

Texas State’s Net Impact chapter, McCoy College Bobcat Net Impact, will compete in a pitch-off event where students and community members are invited to pitch business ideas. 

Teams of two to five participants must submit a proposal idea of 300 words maximum based on one of four prompts: extending environmental sustainability, bridging the digital divide, expanding access to digital skills or engaging community stakeholder.

Net Impact will select 10 finalists to compete in the live pitch-off event. The week after the finalists are chosen, they will gain access to virtual and live feedback from Microsoft experts through a webinar, as well as the opportunity to pitch their idea in front of a professional Microsoft judging panel. The winning team of the pitch-off event will receive $1,000 in prize money and $5,000 seed money to help implement their idea in San Marcos.

Janet Hale, finance and economics senior lecturer and the McCoy College Bobcat Net Impact adviser, said it is an honor to be selected by Microsoft despite not having a Microsoft Azure Datacenter, which the other selected universities have. McCoy College Bobcat Net Impact has been chosen as the winning undergraduate chapter of the year three times in the last seven years, including in 2017.

Hale said having the event on campus is an opportunity for Texas State to show the world what the university can accomplish.

2018 Competition was a Success!

Feed team

First Place Team

FEED Eliminating Food Insecurity

clean community

Runner Up Team

Clean Community Project

Resurrection Bread

Fan Favorite

Resurrection Bread


Pictutures from the event