Piranha Pool Pitch Competition

The DVC Piranha Pool Pitch Competition provides real-world entrepreneurial experiences that allow students to expand possibilities they see for their own futures. 

The Piranha Pool Pitch Competition is held every fall semester. DVC students come up with business ideas, develop business plans, and pitch their ideas to judges for the chance to win cash prizes.

The Piranha Pool Pitch Competition is open to ALL students from ALL majors!  Students may enroll in entrepreneurship classes or participate through self-study, guest speakers, and business-related workshops.  
The skills students learn through participation better prepare them to compete in any business or industry with confidence!

Jump into the Piranha Pool!

This competition is ideal for DVC students who want to do the following:

  • Explore the idea of starting a new business venture 
  • Enjoy hands-on learning experiences
  • Network with entrepreneurs/business mentors
  • Gain and enhance presentation skills
  • Engage your competitive spirit, have fun, and win cash prizes!

Dive in, watch, and learn more!

Take the plunge!

  • Stay tuned for next season's announcements!
  • Zhangyang

    "Through Piranha Pool, I really learned each step of creating a professional business plan, and I am sure that this will benefit me in my career!"

    - Zhangyang Zhou

  • Two men at cafe

    "The Piranha Pool competition was challenging, rewarding and a truly remarkable learning experience. The staff and mentors involved all went above and beyond. They gave you all the support anyone could ask for without stifling students' creativity. Anyone who is serious about entrepreneurship and a student at DVC should consider participating in the Pool! The prize money is nice too."

    - Greg Kasin and Rajan Vasudevan Team Farm2Smoothie

  • Picture of Steven

    "Piranha Pool was one heck of an experience. I got to meet new friends, consult with real working professionals, and widen my knowledge and understanding about crafting a business plan. This competition also provided a variation to my coursework which is refreshing. Take the first step, before you know it, you might just be addicted!"

    - Steven Dominic SaharTeam 3P Mask

Register for related college courses – earn 3 units

  • BUSMG-191 Small Business Management
  • BUSMG-192 Entrepreneurship and Venture Management

Business mentors – we need you!

Our Ask…

  • Meet your team virtually, for one hour per week during the duration of the event, over a 10-week period.
  • Develop a schedule with students, making sure they are aligned on the upcoming tasks.
  • Review the Business Plan Workbook guide, keeping your team in pace with the speaker lectures.
  • Motivate, Guide and Support your student team!!

  • Herbert

    Being a mentor is a win-win.  Mentors provide knowledge to the next generation of future entrepreneurs while students learn from real life community and business people.

    - Herbert Lee Business Mentor and DVC Business Administration Department Advisory Board Member

  • MSchmuck

    "I was honored to be a business mentor for a student team in the Piranha Pool 2020 program. The experience for me was fantastic and working with the team was so rewarding. I only wish there was such a program back when I was starting my first business. I was able to share my experiences as an entrepreneur to help the team realize their business objectives."

    - Matthew Schmuck Business Mentor and DVC Business Administration Department Advisory Board Member

Have questions?

Reach out to Lo  Ann Winkler at lwinkler@dvc.edu.