U.PITCH

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

Due to COVID-19, U.Pitch 2020 will be going virtual! Check back in early August for details regarding the new format, and click the “Get Notified” button below to be the first to know when applications are open.




NATIONWIDE COMPETITION

FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

NOVEMBER 12, 2020

LOCATED AT 1871 IN CHICAGO

$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

APPLY FOR U.PITCH 2020

Sign up here to be notified as soon as applications open for U.Pitch 2020. U.Pitch 2020 will take place in Chicago on November 12, 2020.

Looking to refine your elevator pitch? Download the Future Founders Elevator Pitch Guide for free today.

  • 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

ATTEND U.PITCH 2020

Want to watch the nation’s top collegiate entrepreneurs pitch their game-changing business ideas? Then join Future Founders on Thursday, November 12 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at 1871 Chicago for the 7th Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase. Check back for updates on tickets and contestants.

ATTEND U.PITCH 2020

Want to watch the nation’s top collegiate entrepreneurs pitch their game-changing business ideas? Then join Future Founders on Thursday, November 12 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at 1871 Chicago for the 7th Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase. Check back for updates on tickets and contestants.

  • 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.

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).

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).

Do you cover travel expenses?

No, contestants must cover the costs of any travel or lodging expenses to and from U.Pitch.


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