College-by-College Pitch Off

College-by-College Pitch Off

7 Great Colleges | Total Cash Prizes up to $30,000

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 cash prizes, up to four top winners in each college pitch-off will advance to the College-by-College Pitch Off Finale held on February 27, 2024.

New Idea – concepts are in the idea stage – no revenues, prototypes, or products.
Existing Business Idea – concepts are beyond the idea stage – with revenues, prototypes, or products.

Never pitched before? No problem! Join us for a Pitch Workshop on February 5 or February 8 to learn how to craft an award-winning 90-second pitch!

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. 

Register to Pitch!

2024 competition dates are as follows:

Ivy College of Business | Monday, Feb 19 | 3-5 pm | Student Innovation Center Room 3231

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Tuesday, Feb 20 | 3-5 pm | Student Innovation Center, Room 3231

College of Ag & Life Sciences  | Wednesday, Feb 21 | 4:30-5:15 pm | Student Innovation Center, Room 3231

College of Design  | Wednesday, Feb 21 | 5:15-6:00 pm | Student Innovation Center, Room 3231

College of Vet Med  | Wednesday, Feb 21 | 6:00 pm-6:30 pm | Student Innovation Center, Room 3231

College of Ag & Life Sciences  | Wednesday, Feb 21 | 4:30-6:30 pm | Student Innovation Center, Room 3231

College of Human Sciences| Thursday, Feb 22 | 3-5 pm | Student Innovation Center, Room 3231

College of Engineering | Friday, Feb 23 | 3-5 pm | Student Innovation Center Room 3231

Register to Pitch!

PRIZES

In addition to a cash prize, up to four top winners in each college pitch-off will advance to the College-by-College Pitch Off Finale held on February 27, 2024.
Awards are at the discretion of the judges based on total number of participants in each college competition. 

College-by-College Pitch Off Finale – Up to $18,000 in Cash Prizes

February 27, 2-5:00 p.m. at the Student Innovation Center, Launch Pad

  • 1st Place Winner(s) = $5,000 for each category (new idea and/or existing business)
  • 2nd Place Winner(s) = $2,500 for each category (new idea and/or existing business)
  • 3rd Place Winner(s) = $1,500 for each category (new idea and/or existing business)

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Students will compete in one of two categories, new idea or existing business, and are allowed 90 seconds to pitch your concept. A timer will be available to let you know how much time remains as you present. 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. Handouts or business cards for judges are acceptable (bring four).  Only one person may present the pitch. Other team members may be present and answer judges’ questions.