JagStart Student Idea Pitch Competition

Friday, February 02, 2018

5:00 PM


It only takes three minutes…

Why an “elevator pitch”?

“Elevator pitches” offer constraints similar to what one may find when describing an idea for a novel product or venture in real-world scenario – like talking to a potential investor in an elevator. An elevator pitch is a short story, performed without props or presentations, describing the idea and the entrepreneur. JagStart rewards those who have the best ideas—and the best pitches—with cash prizes!

JagStart is an annual event that pits contestants against the clock to pitch their original ideas to a panel of judges. Students are invited to enter the competition to showcase their ideas for innovative new products, new business ventures, or compelling solutions to social challenges. 

JagStart is open to all students (i.e. undergraduate, graduate, and professional), who are currently enrolled and in good standing, full or part-time, for a degree in any of the Indiana University-Purdue University schools at either the Indianapolis or Columbus campus.

Prizes for Top Ideas!
1st Place$2, 500
2nd Place$1, 500
3rd Place$500

PLUS the “Audience Choice” Award 
$1,000 selected on basis of Audience Ballot 

The event offers students:

  • A chance to learn valuable skills! Attend Workshops to hone your idea and your pitch.
  • Coaching and feedback—link into our network of entrepreneurs and business professional from the local community for advice on taking your idea to the next level.
  • Experience promoting your idea to a live audience

The deadline for entry is Friday, February 2, 2018, at 5pm. 

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