There is no fee to apply.
Each Finalist will be given 2 minutes to pitch, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with a panel of judges who have investment experience in the Finalist’s industry.
No. The Innovation Festival Startup Pitch Competition is an in-person event only.
Innovation Festival Judges will focus on these five critical elements:
• Creativity – the originality and uniqueness of the idea
• Opportunity – the longevity, actualization, and profitability of the idea
• Goodness – how does the product or service impact/improve the world?
• Traction – sales, users, marketing exposure, etc.
• Team / People – how will the team (leadership, advisors, employees) help the startup succeed?
Yes! Competition Finalists will receive one (1) complimentary Conference & Beats Badge for Innovation Festival, good for access to all keynotes, panels, and other activities. Finalists will also have the option to register one (1) additional member of their team at a reduced rate.
In addition, each presenting company will receive free demo space at Innovation Festival, to demo their product/service and network with attendees.
All applicants who are not selected to pitch will have the option to purchase one (1) registration for the event at a reduced rate and will be provided access to the exclusive Entrepreneur Luncheon.
Innovation Festival’s team will screen applicants to ensure they meet all eligibility requirements, and a committee of experts in each pitch track will review all applications to decide which products and services are the most innovative.
We strongly encourage all applicants to submit a brief video pitching the company. This pitch video should be two (2) minutes or less and should feature the applicant speaking to the camera—we want to see how you pitch, not what your video editing software can do.
We also strongly encourage you to upload a current pitch deck (no longer than 10 slides), along with a marketing video demonstrating your product or service or a video of you pitching at a prior event. These materials carry a great deal of weight with our application committee.
Applicants invited to participate will receive an email notification from Innovation Festival’s team. Participating companies will be notified in late June of 2023. Please refrain from contacting Innovation Festival staff and our respective partner organizations regarding the status of your application. We receive a high volume of submissions and will update all applicants regarding their status as soon as possible.
Please contact Innovation Festival Startup Pitch Competition Manager Philip Cogley: