The fourth annual U.PITCH competition and showcase is returning on November 16, 2017

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 can pitch their way toward a prize pool of $10,000! They also get the opportunity to showcase their idea or startup in front of hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and other students from the entrepreneurial community.


Want to Apply for U.Pitch 2017?

The Fourth Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition and Showcase will take place on November 16, 2017 in Chicago! Interested in applying? Applications will open in late summer, but you can submit your information here and we will make sure you are one of the first to know when applications open!




Questions? Contact Ethan at ethan@futurefounders.com.


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 or former members of the Future Founders Fellowship (or companies represented by members) are not eligible to compete in U.Pitch. Other finalists from previous years’ competitions may compete, but only with a different business/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: U.Pitch 2016

The 3rd Annual U.Pitch Competition & Showcase took place in Chicago on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 1871. 17 semifinalists (representing 13 colleges and universities across 10 states) competed for part of a $10,000 prize pool for their innovative business or idea. Check out this year’s semifinalists, finalists and judges below.



  • 1st Place ($5,000): Matthew Rooda, University of Iowa (IA), SwineTech, Inc. SwineTech provides farmers with innovative technologies to reduce piglet deaths by using real time health and voice recognition to monitor their facilities.
  • 2nd Place ($2,500): Mike Black, Pennsylvania State University (PA), ParkingBee. ParkingBee is a mobile app that helps people find the best possible parking spaces by putting all parking (including public, private, and residential) on one map. The app has been called “AirBnB/Kayak for parking.”
  • 3rd Place (and People’s Choice Winner) ($1,250 + $500): Claire Coder, Ohio State University (OH), AuntFlow. Aunt Flow is a buy-one, give-one subscription box for 100% cotton tampons and pads. “People helping people. Period.”
  • 4th Place ($500): Pranay Singh, University of Chicago (IL), Averia Health Solutions. Averia Health Solutions has developed a low-cost concussion management system that uses smartphones to make accurate concussion screenings more accessible to the general population.
  • Venture Award ($250): Jordan VandeKamp & Craig Vander Galien, Trinity Christian College (IL), ApptProvider. ApptProvider is a web app that allows patients of one health provider to book referral appointments at another provider before leaving the clinic.



  • Keyante Aytch, 3Dime Designs, DePaul University (IL)
  • Michael Black, ParkingBee, Pennsylvania State University (PA)*
  • Linwood Butler, MT Music Transporter, University of Tampa (FL)
  • Claire Coder, AuntFlow, Ohio State University (OH)*
  • Vinesh Kannan, Omnipointment, Illinois Institute of Technology (IL)*
  • Arjun Kapoor, Scala Computing, Inc., University of Chicago (IL)
  • Tom Kruse, Win-Kel Peer-to-Peer Storage, Indiana University (IN)
  • Jason Lees, GoSpot, Northwood University (MI)*
  • Jekolia Matuszewicz, UhTa Ancient Brews, Colorado College (CO)
  • Eddy Mejia, ShoeBoxOne, University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • Dulbadrakh (Daniel) Natsagdorj, Urban Delivery, University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • Gabe Owens, WiNot, Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • Matthew Rooda, SwineTech, Inc., University of Iowa (IA)*
  • Pranay Singh, Averia Health, University of Chicago (IL)*
  • Parisa Soraya, Find Your Ditto, University of Michigan (MI)
  • Riley Tart, MidTrade, Auburn University (AL)
  • Jordan VandeKamp, ApptProvider, Trinity Christian College (IL)
  • Ben Weiss, Zcruit, Northwestern University (IL)


Previous winners include Daniel Yu, Sokowatch and Joshua Doering, Seed Slide.


Future Founders is thrilled to host the following six judges for the U.Pitch Finals.

  • George Burciaga, Managing Director of Global Municipal Development & Innovation, CIVIQ Smartscapes
  • Amanda Lannert, CEO, Jellyvision
  • Kaeya Majmundar, Founder/CEO, Kaeyos, Inc.
  • Emerson Spartz, CEO, Dose
  • Peter Wilkins, Managing Director, Hyde Park Angels
  • Ann Yeung, Senior Director – Software Engineering, Capital One


  • Andy Marsh, TagPrints
  • Ryan Butman, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Jeremiah Nelson, Motorola Solutions
  • Karl Darin, Accenture
  • Jason Li
  • Moira Hardek, Galvanize Labs
  • Marc Grens, Digital Mint
  • Steven Lee, Opternative
  • James Zebrowski, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization
  • Tina Wang, Motorola Solutions
  • Sean Taylor, Motorola Solutions
  • Susan Silver, Argentum Strategy Group