RECESS Music & Ideas Festival 2016 $250k CASH Prize Pitch Competition

RECESS Music & Ideas Festival

Do you have a brilliant startup idea? Want the chance to take it to the next level and live out your startup dreams? RECESS Music + Ideas Festival is here to help you take your business from dorm room to boardroom! Get your shot at winning a $250k CASH PRIZE!

RECESS Music & Ideas Festival is the world’s only experience that combines the most innovative new startup ideas and the hottest acts in music. This Spring, we are throwing a “March Madness”-style Pitch Competition, powered by Southwest Airlines, followed by an After Party with some of the biggest acts in music. We want to get YOU in on the action!

The tour will hit-up 18 of the country’s top colleges & universities- spanning 6 cities (3 campuses in each city) to host the first round of the Pitch competition- the Campus Qualifiers.

USC students can apply here for the opportunity to be selected to compete in the Campus Qualifiers and pitch their startup ideas to a panel of distinguished judges.

The winner from each of the 18 Campus Qualifiers will advance to the Pitch Regional Semifinals where they will pitch on stage at Club Bahia to a panel of elite judges before celebrating with a FREE CONCERT at the After Party, featuring performances by TBA.

Campus Qualifiers National Bracket

RECESS Bracket Post- Facebook

The winner of the Pitch Regionals will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the RECESS Field Trip in Los Angeles, CA (June 8-9th). There, they will join 10 of the winning student startups from the other regions to compete for the chance to pitch some of the biggest VC’s and Investors in the world and have a shot at winning a $250k CASH PRIZE, courtesy of partner, the Capital Championship!

Don’t miss out on the chance to turn your startup dream into a viable business and start living the #startuplife!

****APPLY BY MARCH 28TH at ***

Not A College Student?

No problem, we’ve got you! We’ve partnered with The Capital Championship to provide an opportunity for more established startups to give their pitches and a shot at winning a $250k prize!

Apply at

April 13th | Annenber (ASC) West Lobby

Networking: 5pm-6pm
Live Pitches: 6pm-7pm

(5) Top USC Teams will pitch to judges

(1) Winner will be announced and advance to the Pitch Regional Semifinals

*Students that attend the Campus Qualifier will receive a guaranteed entry ticket to the Pitch Regional Semifinals (until 11:00pm)*

April 28th | Club Bahia

Startups pitch on stage before a free concert

feat: TBA
Doors: 7pm
**RSVP doesn’t guarantee entry and is available on a first come basis**

*Open to Public

*College Students with Valid College ID will have priority access entry.

*Students that attend the Campus Qualifier will receive a guaranteed entry ticket to the Regional Semifinals until 11:00pm*


Applications end March 28th
Apply at

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