We encourage everyone to participate in this fun event! These are the three important dates for the competition. Questions? Contact us.
We encourage startups earning less than $250K annually and who have set their sights on making a difference in their area of focus to enter PitchUp. This competition is about pitching companies that create innovations, so the narrative of your pitch should be more like speaking to an investor, rather than a customer. For example, focus on your company and how it’s solving a big problem instead of trying to sell the innovation or widget itself.
We encourage founders from diverse backgrounds to apply.
Don’t be shy about entering the PitchUp competition if your startup isn’t earning revenue yet. Yes, we do ask about historical financials, but it is okay to say there is no revenue!
If you want to share your costs or investments to date, please do. We would like to see your financial projection for the next year or two, if possible. It can be as simple as Number of Units sold or Customers, multiplied by Sale Price (equalling revenue), then subtracting out Cost of Goods Sold, to estimate your company’s profitability. Contact us if you need additional help.
Step 1: Complete the entry form.
Step 2: Download the PitchUp competition material and download the slide template and demo template to begin creating your pitch materials.
Step 3: Upload your pitch deck and 90-second video to complete your submission.
The submission process is straightforward.
You must complete the Entry Form telling us about who is presenting, the company, and the category you are entering.
Then we strongly suggest that you FOLLOW the Pitch Deck Template (we tell you exactly what slide to provide and in what order) and attach an UP TO 90 SECOND Demo Video so the first round judging can learn and understand more of your product.
All of this material is DUE BEFORE the Submission Date.
There are seven competition categories: Impact, Health and Wellness, Productivity, Humanity, Education, Energy, and Financial. You’ll want to customize your pitch presentation and demo to emphasize the influence this category has had on your company and innovation.
After reviewing all submissions, we will rank and interview the top contenders to compete in each category.
The Final Pitch Competition will be hosted virtually. Winners will be selected after presenting at the live, online competition. The finalists will present a condensed, three-minute business pitch and host a two-minute demo, for a total of 5 minutes on stage. Our judges will then have the opportunity to ask the presenter up to three questions, and presenters have up to three minutes for their response. Response quality, personality, and precision will influence the final vote.
Each category winner will receive $1,000 USD.
To allow the popular vote winner a proper voting selection, eligible voters donate $20 into the Popular Vote purse, making the winning amount unlimited! That vote permits them to cast a vote for a finalist presenter. The presenter with the most votes win 50% of the pot!
The other 50% goes to one of the eligible voters who are randomly drawn from all participants. This is a fun way to get the viewers and the presenters engaged and involved, so everyone can have a bit of skin in the judging game!
We are often asked if people should produce a professional video or get artists to help out with their deck.
We think you should do the best you can with the resources you have. It is a competition but this is not a funding pitch. If you record a demo on your mobile phone and send that to us, that’s fine!
Please upload both the pitch deck and demo video at the same time.
If you make it to the finals, congratulations! You are about to experience a really fun time.
You will get 3-minutes to present to the judges and to the voters in the audience that you should win your category and the popular vote.
This is a free-form time where you are on camera, can share your screen or do an actual demo. We recommend that you script and time it to make sure you are under the three minutes or else we will cut you off (it’s embarrassing).
Then the judges will ask you questions for the following 2-minutes to see how you respond on the fly.
After the top three category winners present, the judges will vote and at the end of the final event a category winner will be announced.