Come See the Nation’s Best Collegiate Entrepreneurs 

U.Pitch will take place on Thursday November 14, 2019 at 1871 in Chicago, IL.

Tickets for the public to attend are on sale now, and are available here: U.Pitch 2019 Tickets. To see the full list of semifinalists competing at U.Pitch 2019, click here.

Want to pitch? Applications for U.Pitch 2019 are officially closed, however you may 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.

Requirements and Eligibility to Apply

U.Pitch applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a college student or have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program within the past six months
  • 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)
  • Have prepared a brief (200 characters or less) description of your idea
  • Be ready with a link to a 90-second pitch video of you explaining your idea (YouTube or Vimeo)
  • Cover the costs of any travel or lodging expenses to and from U.Pitch

For complete competition rules and details, check out the Participant Handbook.

Questions? Let us know!

*Note: Current members of the Future Founders Fellowship (or companies represented by current members) are not eligible to compete in U.Pitch. Former Fellows and finalists from previous years’ competitions may compete, but only with a different business or idea than used previously.


The Ideal Pitch

Watch these former U.Pitch applications to see what an ideal U.Pitch submission video looks like.

Recap: Get a Feel for U.Pitch

U.Pitch brings together the best students from a cross-section of universities in this ultimate national elevator pitch competition. In just 90 seconds, students compete for national recognition and a prize pool of $10,000. They also have the opportunity to showcase their idea or startup in front of hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and other students from the entrepreneurial community.

Last year, Future Founders, a non-profit organization that believes every youth can become an entrepreneur, hosted their 5th Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase on November 15 at 1871 in Chicago. During the event, 18 collegiate entrepreneurs from 14 states participated in a high-energy elevator pitch competition for national honors and a $10,000 prize pool.

Previous winners include Daniel Yu, Sokowatch (2014), Joshua Doering, Seed Slide (2015), Matthew Rooda, SwineTech (2016), Martin Dimitrov, SnapClips (2017), and Nick Hamburger, Quevos (2018).