IQ E-Pitch Competition

Tom Dalziel posing with four students participating in IQ E-Pitch

What: Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch Competition
Video Submission Deadline: March 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

IQ Elevator Pitch Competition logo with UC Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization tagline

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.

How the IQ E-Pitch Competition Works

This competition is open to all UC students, who can submit a business idea in one of four tracks:

  1. Freshman
  2. Undergraduate
  3. Graduate
  4. Social enterprise

Students start by filling out an initial application form. From there, they will receive information and instructions about submitting their video for review by external judges.

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 25, 2020.

IQ E-Pitch Awards Ceremony

What: IQ E-Pitch Awards Ceremony
When: March 25, 2020, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: West Pavilion at Nippert Stadium, 2700 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45219

The IQ E-Pitch Awards Ceremony is open to the public.