JagStart Elevator Pitch Competition

JagStart Elevator Pitch Competition

Information for the new competition entries will be on September 2017. Please check back for more details.

It only takes three minutes…

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. 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

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!

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

JagStart Timeline
January 9, 2017 - Competition Entry Launch
Register for an Entry Preparation Workshop
February 3, 2017 - Competition Entries Deadline
Submit your entry here
February 16, 2017 - Notifications Sent To Finalists
February 21, 2017 - Entry Confirmation Deadline
February 17-March 2, 2017 - Prepare For Pitch Presentations
Register for Pitching Your Ideas Workshop
March 2, 2017 - Practice Pitch Sessions
March 3, 2017 - JagStart Pitch Competition Event (Preliminary Schedule)
12:30-1:00pm - Contestant check-in, presentation times assigned, pizza and pop!
1:00pm - Registration and check-in for attendees
1:30pm - Welcome and Information for Audience
1:40-1:45pm - Begin Pitch Presentations
2:45-3:00pm - Networking Reception, Final review of judges balloting and selection of winners
3:15pm - Award Ceremony and Continue Networking Reception

JagStart student entrepreneur competition

JagStart Timeline 2016
  • November 7, 2016 - Competition Kick-Off
    Register for a JagStart Information Session
    Download the Guidelines and Application

2017 JagStart Workshop Schedule

Students interested in the competition are encouraged to attend one of the offered JagStart Entry Information Sessions. These will provide an opportunity for students to ask questions about the competition and learn more about possible resources available for assistance. The same information will be covered at all sessions, so you need only attend one.

JagStart Workshop Session Schedule 2016
  • Information Session Schedule
    IUPUI Campus - University Library Room 1126 (click here to register)
    Monday November 7, 2016
    Information Session 1: 11:00am-12:00pm
    Information Session 2: 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Thursday, November 10, 2016
    Information Session 3: 4:00pm-5:00pm
    Information Session 4: 5:30pm-6:30pm
    Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    Information Session 5: 11:00am-12:00pm
    Information Session 6: 12:30pm-1:30pm
    IUPUC Campus - Campus Center CC 170 (click here to register)
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    Information Session 1: 11:00am-12:00pm
    Information Session 2: 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Drop-in Student Q&A: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Registered entrants will be offered the opportunity to participate in optional no-cost workshops on how to prepare a written proposal, and how to deliver an effective “elevator pitch.”

JagStart Entry Preparation Workshops Schedule

This workshop will concentrate on how to address elements included in the written idea/concept proposal and how to identify the value proposition being offered by a new approach, product, service, or opportunity afforded by a new venture. The workshop will address the key elements for preparing a successful entry! The same information will be covered at all sessions, so you need only attend one.

Entry Prep Workshops
IUPUI Campus - University Library Room 1126 (click here to register)
Thursday January 12, 2017
Entry Workshop Session 1: 11:30am-1:30pm
Entry Workshop Session 2: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Monday, January 23, 2017
Entry Workshop Session 3: 8:30am-10:30am
Entry Workshop Session 4: 10:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday January 31, 2017
Entry Workshop Session 5: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Entry Workshop Session 6: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Open Hours Entry Assistance Session 3:00pm-6:00pm
IUPUC Campus - Campus Center CC 170 (click here to register)
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
IUPUC Entry Workshop Session 1: 11:00am-12:30pm
IUPUC Entry Workshop Session 2: 1:00pm-2:30pm

JagStart Pitching Your Ideas Workshops Schedule

This workshop will focus on skills and techniques for more dynamic and successful oral presentation of an elevator pitch! Practical workshop with emphasis on:

-Crafting statements of the fundamental concepts
-Effective delivery techniques
-Tips for adding impact without visual aids

Again, the same information is covered at all sessions.

IUPUI Campus - University Library Room 1126 (click here to register)
Monday, February 20, 2017
Pitch Skills Workshop Session 1: 10:00am-11:30am
Pitch Skills Workshop Session 2: 11:30am-1:00pm
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Pitch Skills Workshop Session 3: 1:30pm-3:00pm
Pitch Skills Workshop Session 4: 3:00pm-4:30pm