All full-time students currently enrolled in a two- or four- year college, graduate school or doctoral program are eligible to pitch their idea. While teams can have members who have graduated from school, there must be at least one current student founder, and only full-time enrolled students are eligible to pitch their ideas at the regional and finals competitions.
Yes! While there is a natural preference for more mature startups, a startup can grow tremendously between the time of application and the regional competitions, so toss your hat in the ring!
Applications open online on October 15, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. EST and close on December 6, 2019 at 11:59 P.M. EST.
Each application will be reviewed by a team of leading VCs, founders, or entrepreneurs from across the country. No students are involved in the review of applications.
Based on geographic proximity, you will be assigned to a regional competition. If you cannot attend the regional on the given date, you must notify your regional coordinator ASAP so we can open up that spot to the next highest-ranking team in that regional pool.
Depending on your distance from the regional competition, you will be reimbursed appropriately. Up to 2 team members who are full-time enrolled students will be fully reimbursed.
At the regional competition, you will have 5 minutes to pitch followed by 4 minutes Q+A from the judge panel.At the final competition in Princeton, you will have 5 minutes to pitch followed by 6 minutes Q+A from the judge panel.
Pitch order is typically a random selection process, however, if teams have or express major time constraints due to travel or other commitments, the organizing partners of the pitch events may decide to take those into consideration.
As long as you send us your pitches by the prescribed deadline specified by your regional coordinator, we should be able to load them onto the laptop that we provide ahead of time. However, we always suggest that you bring your presentation on a thumb drive just in case.
As we have had issues getting non-Google Slides presentations to work in the past, we HIGHLY suggest that you use Google Slides for your presentation.