College-by-College Pitch Off

College-by-College Pitch Off

7 Great Colleges | 28 Cash Prizes | $22,500

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 top two in each category (a new idea or existing business) in each college pitch-off will advance to the College-by-College Pitch Off Finale.

Registration for the 2022 event will open soon. Each college event is open to the first 25 students to apply. If your college pitch competition is full, you will be added to a waitlist.

All of the College Pitch Offs will take place at the Student Innovation Center, Room 3231.


You are allowed 90 seconds to pitch your concept. Someone will stand in the back of the room and flashcards 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.


New Idea – concepts are in the idea stage – no revenue or products.

Existing Business Idea – concepts are beyond the idea stage – with revenue, demonstrable traction, working prototypes, customers, leads, or products.

College-by-College Pitch Off Finale – $12,000 in Cash Prizes

  • 1st Place Winner = $5,000 for each category (new idea and existing business)
  • 2nd Place Winner = $1,000 for each category (new idea and existing business)