Future Founders 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.



Register for the 4th Annual U.Pitch Competition and Showcase

The 4th Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition and Showcase will take place on November 16, 2017 in Chicago. Applications to compete closed on October 18, 2017 at 5:00pm CST, but you may get your tickets to attend the competition below. Register now, this event will sell out!



Want to apply for the 5th Annual U.Pitch Competition and Showcase?

Applications for U.Pitch 2018 will open in August of 2018, but 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: U.Pitch 2016

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. The 2016 finalists and judges are listed below.

2016 Winners

  • 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.

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

2016 Finals Judges

  • 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