Center for Entrepreneurship and Commercialization

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Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch Competition

Video Submission Deadline: March 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

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 submit your idea for the next big thing to the University of Cincinnati Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch Competition for the chance to earn part of $20,000 in awards!

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. The IQ E-Pitch competition simulates this experience so students gain real-world experience of what it would like to bring an business idea to fruition.

CEC mission

Our mission is to provide a state-of-the-art entrepreneurship curriculum and research base not only for potential student entrepreneurs and scholars, but for people in the many organizations that interact with small, entrepreneurial, and family-owned businesses on a daily basis. The CEC seeks collaborative efforts between students and faculty from across the university to remove barriers and create gateways to entrepreneurism. The University of Cincinnati's Entrepreneurship program is ranked one of the best in the United States by Entrepreneur Magazine, the Princeton Review, and Success Magazine.

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For entrepreneurs and managers

The CEC provides an array of valuable services to entrepreneurs, managers, and businesses, including consulting, executive education, and professional development. We serve both the leaders of new ventures and the executives of mature businesses endeavoring to be more entrepreneurial. These services are provided by UC faculty and students as well as professional affiliates of the CEC.

For students

The CEC provides an array of valuable resources to UC students from all colleges, including awards and scholarships, funding opportunities, business competitions, and access to student organizations.

For faculty

Review our business planning knowledge base, check out entrepreneurship competitions and events, view CEC research, and meet CEC faculty and staff.