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.

Apply to the 5th Annual U.Pitch Competition

The 5th Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase will take place on November 15, 2018 in Chicago. Applications to compete will close on October 17, 2018 at 5:00pm CST.

You may submit your email address here if you would like to receive an automatic notification when applications open.

Requirements and Eligibility

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 (140 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)

*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.

For complete competition details, check out the Participant Handbook.

Questions? Let us know!

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

The 3rd Annual U.Pitch Competition & Showcase took place in Chicago on Thursday, November 10 at 1871. Eighteen semifinalists (representing 13 colleges and universities across 10 states) competed for part of a $10,000 prize pool for their innovative business or idea.

Previous winners include Daniel Yu, Sokowatch (2014), Joshua Doering, Seed Slide (2015), Matthew Rooda, Swinetech (2016), & Martin Dimitrov, Snapclips (2017).