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
|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 Timeline 2016
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|