Fall Startup Pitch Competition

Fall Startup Pitch Competition

October 10-11, 2022 // Finale October 13, 2022

Location: Student Innovation Center Room 3231

The Fall Startup Pitch Competition is hosted every fall by the Iowa State Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and has been REVAMPED for 2022! We’re adding MORE awards and TWO days of pitches! 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 a chance to win cash prizes! In addition to a cash prize, the top six winners in each pitch-off will advance to the Fall Startup Pitch Competition Finale on October 13.

Prizes for the preliminary events (10/10 – 10/11) include:

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

  • 1st Place — $1000, in addition to advancing to the Fall Startup Pitch Finale
  • 2nd Place — $500, in addition to advancing to the Fall Startup Pitch Finale
  • 3rd Place — $250, in addition to advancing to the Fall Startup Pitch Finale

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

  • 1st Place — $1000, in addition to advancing to the Fall Startup Pitch Finale
  • 2nd Place — $500, in addition to advancing to the Fall Startup Pitch Finale
  • 3rd Place — $250, in addition to advancing to the Fall Startup Pitch Finale

Prizes for the Finale event include: 

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

  • 1st Place — $3,000
  • 2nd Place — $1,000

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

  • 1st Place — $3,000
  • 2nd Place — $1,000

Registration for the 2022 event will open soon. Each event (October 10 & October 11) is open to the first 30 students to apply. If your college’s pitch competition date is full, you will be added to a waitlist.

All of the Fall Startup Pitches will take place at the Student Innovation Center, Room 3231.

If you would like more information regarding the Fall Startup Pitch Competition, please email Megan Sweere, at mjsweere@iastate.edu.