U.PITCH

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

Applications for U.Pitch 2020 are now open! This year’s event will be 100% virtual, and is open to all U.S.-based for profit businesses. Consult the Contestant Handbook for more details regarding dates and eligibility. When ready, click the Apply button below to submit your application.

Applications are due by 11:59PM CT on September 30.




NATIONWIDE COMPETITION

FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

OCTOBER 29, 2020

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

APPLY FOR U.PITCH 2020

Applications for U.Pitch 2020 are now open! This year’s event will be 100% virtual. Consult the Contestant Handbook for important details regarding dates and eligibility (as well as the FAQ section at the bottom of this page), and when ready, click here to submit your application.

Applications are due by 11:59PM CT on September 30.

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, October 29 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM for our global live stream of the 7th Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase. 

Sign up here to be notified when registration for the event opens.

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, October 29 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM for our global live stream of the 7th Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase. 

Sign up here to be notified when registration for the event opens.

  • 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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