Innovation Pitch

Innovation Pitch Competition

Thursday, September 21

5:00 – 8:30PM at the ISU Memorial Union, Maintenance Shop


Registration is open to first 30 spots!

The Innovation Pitch Competition is hosted every fall and spring semester by the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Learning Community (EILC) for enrolled Iowa State students.  Students have the chance to pitch their business concept or idea in a 90-second elevator pitch to a panel of judges.  Real cash prizes are awarded in the following categories:

Best Overall Pitch –  Selected to represent Iowa State and compete at the national Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) Conference in Tampa, Florida.

Best overall pitch will be awarded to an individual who delivered the best pitch. This category may or may not be awarded to an individual winning one of the three categories: new business idea, new innovation, or social venture.
Note: If you do not win the overall prize to attend the CEO Conference, you can still secure your spot by registering before Sept 21.  Learn more here!

New Business Idea –  $200 Cash Prize 

New concept, model, or venture. Examples may include new retail, web-based, manufacturing, or service business concept.

New Innovation –  $200 Cash Prize

A new product application, invention, or innovation that may or may not be developed as a stand-alone venture. Examples may include a new product, a commercializable technology, or a social media or web application.

Social Venture –  $200 Cash Prize

A venture with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. Examples may include environment, food supply, education, healthcare and can be either a for-profit or nonprofit.

Audience Choice – (Winner selected by audience)

Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite pitch. This award will be given completely separate and without consultation from the judges.

Registration is open to the first 30 spots!

Innovation Pitch registration

    Cash prizes will be awarded in each of the three pitch categories below. In addition, the judges will award an Overall Best Pitch, with the prize of an all-expenses paid trip to the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization conference October 26-28, 2017, in Tampa, Florida. The expectation is that the Overall Pitch winner will represent Iowa State at the national pitch competition. You may opt out of the national competition but still be eligible for the individual category awards.
    If awarded Best Overall Pitch, will you be able to commit to attending the CEO National Conference and advancing to the National CEO Pitch Competition? You will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Tampa, Florida from October 26-28, 2017 and will represent Iowa State in the national competition.