IQ E-Pitch Competition
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 the Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch (IQ-E Pitch) Competition is the perfect opportunity to submit your idea 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 a business idea to fruition. And pitching your ideas is a lifelong skill.
The IQ E-Pitch Competition will return in 2021 as a video elevator pitch competition at the University of Cincinnati, to ensure everyone’s health and safety amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Student teams will compete for $20,000+ in awards, with winners announced in a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday March 31, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EST. Past winners have gone on participate in local and national accelerator programs, receive mentorship, funding and launch successful businesses.
2021 Dates for IQ E-Pitch Competition
|Applications Open to Students||Monday, February 15, 2021, 8 a.m. EST|
|Submissions Open to Students||Monday, March 1, 2021, 8 a.m. EST|
|Video Submissions Close||Friday, March 19, 2021, 5 p.m. EST|
|Judging by #StartupCincy ecosystem members||March 22 – 26, 2021|
|Winners announced at Virtual Event||Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 5 p.m. EST|
How the IQ E-Pitch Competition Works
This competition is open to all UC students, who can submit a business idea in one of the following tracks:
- Social enterprise
- Urban Futures
Once all videos are submitted, 60-80 judges from the regional startup and business community (entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, retired executives and more) will review the videos. Winning teams will be announced at the IQ E-Pitch Awards Ceremony on March 31, 2021.
The 2020 IQ E-Pitch Competition attracted dozens of student teams from all UC colleges. Among the top finalists, six out of the 12 finalist teams across the four tracks — freshman, undergraduate, graduate and social enterprise — were composed of Lindner students. Read more and view past winners at the links below.