U.PITCH

A prestigious national elevator pitch competition where top collegiate founders showcase business ideas to accomplished entrepreneurs and investors.

Applications for U.Pitch will open in the fall of 2021. To be the first to know when the application cycle begins, click the “Get Notified” button below.




NATIONWIDE COMPETITION

FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

FALL 2021

VIRTUAL

$10,000 PRIZE POOL




VALIDATE YOUR STARTUP IDEA

At U.Pitch, all it takes is 90 seconds. 90 seconds to go from “just an idea” to an idea that’s been reviewed by top talent in the startup ecosystem, validated, and ultimately awarded a piece of $10,000. Ready to change your life in 90 seconds?




ENTREPRENEURS ARE DREAMERS DOERS GAME-CHANGERS INNOVATORS CREATORS DISRUPTORS PEOPLE LIKE US PEOPLE LIKE YOU

WATCH THE U.PITCH 2020 REPLAY

For the first time ever, U.Pitch went 100% virtual in 2020. Watch the entire hour-long replay from our global livestream event here.

  • Industry Agnostic
    We accept almost every type of business idea and industry

  • Networking Opportunity
    Make meaningful connections across the entrepreneurship ecosystem

  • Access to 1871
    Participants will have exclusive access to the 1871 tech incubator space

  • High-Profile Judges
    Get feedback from top entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders

  • Peer Community
    Build supportive relationships with young entrepreneurs across the U.S.

  • Showcase Your Business
    Showcase your business during the finals pitch round

  • Recognition for Your Business
    Participants generate valuable business recognition at this high-profile event

  • Post-Event Opportunities
    Opportunity to take advantage of additional programs to grow your business

APPLY TO U.PITCH 2021

Applications for U.Pitch will open in the fall of 2021. Check back for details, or join our Applicant Waitlist here.

APPLY TO U.PITCH 2021

Applications for U.Pitch will open in the fall of 2021. Check back for details, or join our Applicant Waitlist here.

  • Peer Community
    Build supportive relationships with young entrepreneurs across the U.S.

  • Showcase Your Business
    Showcase your business during the finals pitch round

  • Recognition for Your Business
    Participants generate valuable business recognition at this high-profile event

  • Post-Event Opportunities
    Opportunity to take advantage of additional programs to grow your business

Meet the Winners

Hear the Stories

"It’s awfully inspiring to see young people dream big. U.Pitch gives me hope for the future."

Amanda Lannert

CEO - Jellyvision

"U.Pitch provides us the opportunity to engage with startups on missions to shape the future."

Jason Breen

Senior Director, Enterprise Accelerators - Target

Do I need to be a college student to apply?

U.Pitch contestants must be currently enrolled as a college student or have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program within the past six months. Consult the Contestant Handbook for full details regarding eligibility.

What types of businesses do you accept?

Contestants must have started a company OR simply have an idea to start a company (must be a for-profit venture and headquartered in the United States). Businesses must not have raised more than $1M in capital and cannot be cannabis related. Be sure to consult the Contestant Handbook for full details regarding eligibility.

What type of information is required to apply?

Applicants must submit a brief (200 characters or less) description of their idea as well as a link to a 90-second pitch video of you explaining your idea (YouTube or Vimeo).

Is there a fee to apply or participate?

No, participation in U.Pitch is completely free.


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