Official Rules

No Purchase Necessary. A Purchase Will Not Increase Your Chances of Winning.

  1. Eligibility:  This contest (the “Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least twenty-one (21) years old. Employees of Lyft, Inc. (“Sponsor” or “Judges”), as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.

  2. Entry Period:  The Contest begins at 12:01AM ET on September 26, 2018 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on October 21, 2018 (“Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.

  3. How to Enter:  You must be an (i) approved and active Lyft driver in the  designated Washington, D.C, Maryland, or Virginia area, (ii) given at least 100 rides since January 1, 2018, and (iii) must submit a Lyft Pitch application for  the first round of the Contest. To submit an application, please visit and select the ‘Apply Now’ button. The submission must be filled out in one sitting and cannot be returned to at a later time. Only submissions with all required fields completed will be reviewed. Eight (8) Lyft Pitch Finalists as defined below will be chosen from the first round to  make it to the Lyft Pitch Finals. There is a limit of one (1) Entry per person, and you may not use multiple applications to enter. Sponsor may disqualify any entrant that attempts to enter more than one (1) time.  Any late, lost, misdirected, incorrect, or incomplete Entries will be disqualified and Sponsor will not be responsible for such Entries. By entering, you indicate your full agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions regarding the Contest, which are final and binding.

  4. Winner Determination: The Judges will judge all eligible Entries to determine the most compelling Entry based on the following judging criteria: a) uniqueness of the business idea; b) revenue model and viability to generate income; and c) impact the business has on the community. On or about October 28, 2018 (“ Date”), 8 of the highest scoring Entries, as determined by the Judges, will be deemed Lyft Pitch finalists (the “Lyft Pitch Finalists”) and be invited to pitch their business onstage for cash and in kind prizes in Washington, D.C. on November 14, 2018. Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these Official Rules, the Winning Entry, as determined by the Judges, will be declared the official winner of the Contest (the “Winner”).  Sponsor will email or call each potential finalist with instructions on how to prepare for the pitch event on November 14, 2018.

  5. Potential Winner Requirements:  Except where prohibited, winners will be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release. If the Sponsor does not already have one on file, each potential winner may be required to sign and return to the Sponsor a completed Form W 9 (“W-9”) for tax reporting purposes, in order to claim his/her Prize. If a potential finalist fails to sign and return these documents within the required time period, an alternate potential finalist may be selected in his/her place from all remaining entries received. If the potential winner fails to respond within 24 hours or if the notification is returned as undeliverable or fails to reach the potential winner for any reason, the potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate finalist may be selected at Sponsor’s sole discretion, who will be subject to disqualification in the same manner.

  6. Prizes:  . If a Lyft Pitch Finalist is selected to advance to the Finals, Sponsor will cover costs related to a Lyft Pitch Finalist’s transportation, hotel, and food expenses   up to $1,000 (“Travel Expenses”). The first place winner will receive a $15,000 USD cash prize, second place winner will receive a $10,000 USD cash prize, and the audience favorite will receive a $5,000 USD cash prize (the “Prize”).  Total  approximate value of  all Prizes is $30,000 USD.  A winner is responsible for paying any applicable income taxes and any and all other fees, costs and expenses not listed above. Any Prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. A Prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded, and any difference between approximate and actual Prize value will not be awarded. A winner may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a Prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the Prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

  7. License Grant:  By entering the Contest, you grant Sponsor, its agents, licensees, and assigns, an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use your name, image, voice, and likeness; as well as your Entry (as-is or as-edited); in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation or approval from you.

  8. General Conditions:  In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) award the Prizes at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the operation of the Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any person who seeks to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest. Failure by Sponsor to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

  9. Release and Limitations of Liability:  By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Apple and Google and each of its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any Prize, including, but not limited to (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone or network lines; (c) technical errors that may prevent an individual from participating or receiving direct messages related to the Contest; (d) printing errors; (e) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (f) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of posts; or (g) injury or damage to persons or property. You further agree that in any cause of action, in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorneys’ fees or other legal costs. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, or indirect damages. All potential winners are subject to verification by Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding in all matters related to this Contest. An entrant is not a winner of any Prize, even if the Contest should so indicate, unless and until entrant’s eligibility and the potential winning Entry has been verified and entrant has been notified that verification is complete. Sponsor will not accept alternative evidence of winning in lieu of its validation process.

  10. Disputes:  You agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any Prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by arbitration pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of California, except as preempted by FAA, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than California.  In the event of any conflict between this provision and the dispute resolution and arbitration agreement in the Lyft Terms of Service, the Lyft Terms of Service shall govern.

  11. Sponsor:  The Contest is sponsored by Lyft, Inc., 185 Berry Street, Suite 5000, San Francisco, California 94107. The Contest is not sponsored by, endorsed by, administered by, or associated with Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Apple and Google.