College-by-College Pitch Off

7 Great Colleges | 21 Cash Prizes | $10,000

ISU College-by-College Pitch Off is happening this February!

This is the first-ever pitch off event taking place in all seven colleges at Iowa State University.  Students will have the chance to deliver a 90-second pitch about an idea or business they are working on to a panel of judges for cash prizes.  In addition to a cash prize, the 1st Place winner in each college pitch off will advance to the ISU Innovation Pitch Competition held March 6th.

College of Design – February 8th | 4:00-6:00PM | Gallery Room in College of Design

College of Ag & Life Sciences – February 12 | 4:00-6:00PM | Harl Commons, Curtiss Hall

College of Business – February 22 | 4:00-6:00PM | Memorial Union, M-Shop

College of VetMed – February 23rd | 1:30-3:00 PM | Room 2403/2404 in VetMed

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – February 23 | 4:00-6:00PM | Hach Atrium, Hach Hall

College of Human Sciences – February 27| 6:30-8:00PM | Gilman 1352

College of Engineering – February 28 | 4:00-6:00PM | Howe Atrium, Howe Hall

ALL college competitions are open to the first 25 students to apply!  If your college pitch competition is full, you will be added to a waitlist.  We encourage all to be part of the audience!

Bonus Workshop!  There will be a Pitch Workshop held Wednesday, February 7 from 5:15-6:30pm at the Memorial Union, Pine Room.  This is open to all students.  We strongly encourage anyone who is new at pitching to attend!


1st Place Winner (in each college pitch off) = $500 cash prize, in addition to advancing to the ISU Innovation Pitch Competition

Runner-up Winners (two in each college pitch off) = $250 cash prize


You are allowed 90 seconds to pitch your concept.  Someone will stand in the back of the room and flash cards telling you how many seconds are left:  60, 30, 15 and 5.  A bell will ring at 90 seconds, and you will be asked to stop presenting – even if you have not finished your pitch.  PowerPoints are NOT allowed.  However, if you have a prototype or drawing you wish to share, those items will be allowed.

There are no rules for what elements should be included in your pitch; however, we suggest these guidelines:

  • Please begin by stating your name, major, and the name of your product or business.
  • Your pitch should include the very basic information that will set you apart from the competition.
  • Your pitch should be clear, concise, and compelling.
  • Clearly define the problem and solution you or offering; make sure the opportunity is obvious.
  • Concisely describe your business concept or product and what competitive advantage you hold that will make you stand out from others.  Present this information first to grab the judges’ attention.
  • Other pieces of information you may want to include in your pitch include your target audience or customer, mention of your competition so that your listener can get an idea of the marketplace you operate in, and at least one major accomplishment or unique aspect that will set you apart and prove your concept is viable.
  • Search the Internet for examples of pitches….some individuals present the facts, some tell a story, and others include a bit of drama to capture the attention of the judges.  Pick the style that best suits you!


College-by-College Pitch Off

    You must be enrolled or pre-enrolled in the college in order to compete. If you are a double major, please select your first choice college to compete in.
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