IQ E-Pitch Competition Official Rules, Guidelines and Submission Requirements

What is the IQ E-Pitch Competition?

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 60-120 seconds, the length of one elevator ride. This “elevator pitch” competition simulates this business reality, but in the form of video. Pitch your innovative idea for a chance at cash prizes and start-up grants!

Am I eligible to participate in IQ E-Pitch?

If you’re currently a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at UC, then you’re eligible. It’s just that simple! The event is open to the entire University, so students from ALL colleges are invited to compete every year.

What is involved?

Our goal is to keep it simple: to reward your creativity and connect you with successful and innovative people and programs that can help you take your ideas to commercialization or even launch your own company.

How will it work?

The IQ E-Pitch Competition for 2021 will be done through a video submission online. Once all videos are submitted on March 19, 2021, at 5 p.m. EST, 60-80 judges from the regional startup and business community (entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, retired executives and more) will review the videos.

Finalist teams will be notified the week of March 29. Winning teams will be announced at the IQ E-Pitch Awards Ceremony on March 31.

Please note that the audience that will view your video will be small but diverse and will include investors, successful Cincinnati business people, and former corporate executives. More details on pitching can be found here.

Code of Ethics

All concepts must be legal in the USA and Ohio. Vice industry concepts are prohibited, including concepts related to alcohol (e.g., production, distribution), drugs, pornography, tobacco, gambling, etc.

How do I sign up?

To sign up, complete an initial application form. From there, you will receive information and instructions about submitting their video for review by external judges.