Upcoming Events

Innovation Pitch Competition

Date & Time Thursday, March 3 11:30am
Location 117 Ash Ave. (Delta Upsilon Fraternity) Home of the ISU Entrepreneurial & Innovation Learning Community
Contact Diana Wright, dkw@iastate.edu

The Innovation Pitch Competition is hosted every fall and spring semester by the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Learning Community 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 – $500 Cash Prize  Sponsored by Renewable Energy Group

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.

New Business Idea – $300 Cash Prize  Sponsored by Workvia

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

New Innovation – $300 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 – $300 Cash Prize  Sponsored by Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

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.