College-by-College Pitch Off

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

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

The College-by-College Pitch Off is back!  The event takes 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 7th.

College of Human Sciences – February 5th | 6:30-8PM, Location TBA

College of VetMed – February 7th | Time & Location TBA

College of Engineering – February 12 | Time & Location TBA

College of Design – February 14 | 4-6PM, College of Design, Gallery Room

Ivy College of Business  – February 19 | 4:00 – 6:30 p.m., Gerdin Business Building, Room 3164

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – February 21 | Time &  Location TBA

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences – February 26 | Time & Location TBA

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, January 30th from 5:15-6:30pm at the Memorial Union, Room TBA. 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!

Registration will open December 30th, 2018!