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Business idea pitch contest for selected high schools (IMSA is a participant). Located near Indianapolis, IN. The top three ranking high school teams from Power Pitch are eligible. May 16, 2018. Over $40,000 in prizes. More info: https://news.culver.org/the-next-launch-expanding-to-24-teams/


Elevator pitch competition online. The competition is sponsored by the University of Iowa. To support and encourage the entrepreneurial mindset in youth, the Jacobson Institute sponsors a competition each fall and spring semester. Top prize is $1,500; second prize is $1,000, third prize is $500. Deadline for 2018 was April 26. More info: http://www.bizinnovator.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.competition

World Series of Entrepreneurship

Regional, virtual and national competition to pitch new business ideas. The competition itself is a multi-event, playoff-like program where “winners” advance to go up against other top students—with venture funding, scholarship dollars, and mentorship/internship opportunities up for grabs. Top regional prize is $5,000; top national prize is $10,000. Deadline for 2018 was April 15. More info: http://worldseriesofe.com

Diamond Challenge

Business Concept and Social Innovation tracks. Located at the University of Delaware and sites across the US, applications are due early in January. Live pitching in February and March, followed by an Entrepreneurship Summit in April. $100,000 in prizes. More info: http://diamondchallenge.org/competition/

Midwest High School Pitch Competition

Business Concept and Social Innovation tracks. Located at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Applications are due early by the end of February. Contest in early April. 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: $250, 3rd Place: $100. More info: http://www.uwwceo.com/midwestpitch/

INVENTURE$ Student Pitch Competition

Business Concept and Social Innovation tracks. Located in Calgary, Alberta. Must have launched a product or service no more than 24 months prior to June 6, 2018. Applications are due by April 28. Contest June 6-7. More info: https://gust.com/programs/inventure-student-pitch-competition

Gray Matter Experience #PitchBlk Pitch Competition

The inaugural pitch competition for African American students was held in November, 2016. Located in Chicago. No information about the next contest date. $17,000 in prizes were awarded. More info: http://www.graymatterexperience.com/news/tag/competition


College student Elevator Pitch competition sponsored by Future Founders. Located in Chicago. $10,000 prize pool. More info: https://futurefounders.com/startup/upitch/

Entrepreneurs Star

Billed as the largest pitch contest in the Midwest, this initiative is joined by over 30 institutions across 8 states as well as the startup hubs like 1871 and Polsky Center. Midwest regional competition was held in fall of 2017. $1,000,000 prize pool, with the finals held in Shenzhen, China. No new information, but worth looking for. More info: https://www.build312.co/contest

Other Pitches in the News

Not necessarily for teens, check out this listing of pitch competitions around the country. More info: http://www.pitchskills.com/best-startup-pitch-competitions-in-2018/