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: