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Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch


Do you have an idea for the next big thing?
Enter the IQ E-Pitch for a shot at $25,000 in prizes!

President Ono with Students
2016 People's Choice Winners
CEC Executive Director with Students

Have you ever thought about a new, innovative idea for a product, service or social enterprise? Do you believe it could be the basis for a successful new start-up?

Then join us for the University of Cincinnati Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch Competition!

  • Who: The event is open to ALL UC students; Free admission for all visitors and participants!
  • What: A $25,000 competition open to all UC students; including $5000 in cash prizes to be spent as you wish + $20,000 in Startup Grants to be spent launching your business.
  • When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 5-9 pm
  • Where: UC Campus Recreation Center
  • Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Inventors and entrepreneurs of all kinds commonly have to request support from investors to raise capital in order to commercialize their ideas and launch start-up ventures.

Busy investors don’t have much time to listen. Often you need to be able to request their support in 60-90 seconds, the length of one elevator ride. This “elevator pitch” competition simulates this business reality.

Apply Here

Crafting a Winning Elevator Pitch

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Award Categories:

Four $5000 Startup Grants = $20,000

Undergraduate Prizes
1st = $1,000
2nd = $750
3rd = $500

Graduate Prizes
1st = $1,000
2nd = $750
3rd = $500

Social Enterprise Prize =

IQ EPitch Team
IQ EPitch Team