Registration is limited to first 30 ISU students to apply!
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 – $1,000 Cash Prize, sponsored by Renewable Energy Group (REG)
New Business Idea – $500 Cash Prize, sponsored by Workiva
New concept, model, or venture. Examples may include new retail, web-based, manufacturing, or service business concept.
New Innovation – $500 Cash Prize, sponsored by Ames Economic Development Commission
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 – $500 Cash Prize, sponsored by Swimfluence
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.
The first-ever ISU College-by-College Pitch Off is happening this February. Students from every college at Iowa State will have the chance to compete in their college pitch off…meaning you’ll have two chances to win cash prizes for your 90-second pitch! Spots are limited for both competitions, find out more info here.