Thursday, June 11th, 2020
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Boston Marriott Copley Place

The BUILDFest Pitch Challenge celebrates the culmination of a year of hard work by our ninth-grade students, as well as the transformative power of entrepreneurship. The night begins with a Student Business Expo, during which student teams have the opportunity to showcase their businesses and to sell their unique products at a family-friendly reception. Following the Expo, three finalists compete in the Final Round of our Shark-Tank style competition, pitching their businesses in front of guests and a panel of special VIP judges to win cash prizes.

2019 BUILDFest Judges

Corey Thomas
CEO, Rapid 7
Kevin O’Leary
Mr. Wonderful, Shark Tank
Jane Steinmetz
Managing Principal, EY
Melissa MacDonnell
President, Liberty Mutual Foundation

Emcee: Vanessa Welch, Anchor at Boston 25 News

Ready to Pick Your Team?

Double Charge Wins the 2017 BPC

2018 BPC Highlights

At the 2018 BUILDFest Pitch Challenge, three ninth grade student businesses competed in a Shark-Tank Style pitch in front of guests and VIP judges, Jane Steinmetz, Bob Davis, Ivy Brown, and Katie Rae. Out of the three teams – Cultural Secrets Cookbook, Spice Kit, and Bottom Feeders – two students, Joshua and Katio, took home the first place cash prize for their product Bottom Feeders: an adhesive vinyl sheet that prevents unwanted objects from sticking to the bottom of sneakers. The event raised more than $650,000 for BUILD’s four-year youth entrepreneurship program with nearly 600 attendees and more than 50 company sponsors.

2018 Highlights

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Be Part of the Fun

You can help a BUILD student team receive the coaching, skills-based workshops, and increased confidence they need to win cash prizes and start-up funds required to launch their business. Join us as a sponsor to get a profile of your student business, email updates on your team’s progress, and opportunities to visit your team and help them prepare to compete. Sponsorships are open to individuals or whole companies.

Sponsorship Opportunities

business expo

Help Us BUILD Futures

How do you provide under-served young people with the resources they need to succeed? At BUILD, we do it by helping our students start their own small businesses. As they reap the rewards – from keeping the profits to gaining self-confidence – they know there is a connection between hard work and success. Entrepreneurship is the hook, but college is the goal – 96% of BUILD seniors graduate on time, compared to 73% of low income seniors nationwide and 81% of all students nationwide.




2019 Host Committee

JD Sherman, HubSpot (Co-Chair)

Corey Thomas, Rapid7 (Co-Chair)

Bob Bennett, InvoiceCloud

Andrew Bialecki, Klaviyo

Tony Bordon, Spinnaker Analytics

Jennifer Cain, Converse

Bill Dunigan, BlackRock

Matt Flanagan,  famaPR

Scott Friend,  Bain Capital Ventures

Mark Gallagher, Silicon Valley Bank

Robin Glasco, Bambu Health

Roy Hirshland, T3 Advisors

Jon Lang, EY

Ken Lazarus, Scout Exchange

Christina Luconi, Rapid7

TJ Mahony, Accomplice

Freddie Martignetti, Highland Capital Partners

Gerard Miller, Donnelley Financial Solutions

Ziad Moukheiber, Boston Harbor Angels

Jane Steinmetz, EY

Elias Torres, Drift

Vanessa Welch, Boston 25 News

Chris Wilson, Goodwin


2019 BUILDFest Pitch Challenge Sponsors