Become a Sustainability Entrepreneur!

Christie Julien

Sustainability Pitch Night and Celebratory Reception | Common House

In partnership with the UVA Bicentennial Sustainability Leadership Summit, the UVA Alumni Association, Cav Angels, UVA Office of Sustainability, UVA Committee on Sustainability and others are hosting a Sustainability Pitch Night on Monday, October 29 from 6 pm – 8 pm at Common House.

Join us for a mini pitch competition and networking! Come meet fellow Hoos, alumni, and community members and watch the action! Entrepreneurs will compete to receive extended mentoring and advice from Cav Angels, a UVA alumni-powered angel investment group helping UVA-related alumni ventures grow. Judges include Cav Angels members and the event will be emceed by Paul Beyer, Founder and Director of the Tom Tom Founders Festival. If you would like to apply to pitch a project, see more information here.

Admission is free and open the public, but advance registration is required. Hor d'oeuvres will be provided. Cash bar (credit cards only).


Pitch Rules:

2018 UVA Bicentennial Sustainability Summit: Celebratory Reception and Pitch Night Call for Pitch Applications   

Are you an entrepreneur (or future entrepreneur) with an innovative solution, business, or idea to  further the work of sustainability? In partnership with the UVA Bicentennial Sustainability Leadership  Summit, the UVA Alumni Association, Cav Angels, UVA Office of Sustainability, UVA Committee on  Sustainability and others are hosting a Sustainability Pitch Night on Monday, October 29 from 6 pm – 8  pm at Common House.  Join us for a mini pitch competition and networking! The winner will receive extended mentoring and  advice from Cav Angels, a UVA alumnipowered angel investment group helping UVA related alumni ventures grow. Judges include Cav Angels members and the event will be emceed  by Paul Beyer,  Founder and Director of the Tom Tom Founders Festival. 

Don’t have an idea to pitch? Come network  with fellow Hoos, alumni, and community members and watch the action!  We’re inviting 5 entrepreneurs to pitch their concept! The brief application for the Pitch Night is below;  please also read the below guidelines before applying.  For more information and to register as an  attendee, see the Summit registration page. Guidelines: 

● Products and/or concepts must relate to the world of sustainability: How is your concept solving  a sustainability problem, or helping organizations/companies to become more sustainable? 

● Pitches will consist of a 3minute pitch and a 3minute Q&A with the judging panel.  Please plan  to pitch for no longer than 3 minutes 

● Persons pitching must be affiliated with UVA as alumnus, faculty, staff, or student, with priority  given to alumni given Cav Angels’ focus. 

● You do not need a working prototype or full business plan to pitch. 

● The winner will receive an extended relationship (and possible mentorship) with the alumni  investors of Cav Angels. There is no cash prize for this pitch competition. 

●Submit information below and/or questions via email to:   Amanda Panarese  ( by October 5, 2018 with the Subject line:  Sustainability Pitch Night  Application.  

Applicants will be notified by October 15, 2018.   

○ Name(s): 

○ Email address(es):  

○ UVA affiliation: 

○ Name of your product/concept: 

 ○ What is the problem you are trying to solve? 

 ○ How does your product/concept solve this problem? 

We expect the event to fill quickly - register today! RSVP here for the reception and other Summit events.