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Providing Cash and Prizes to Help Founders Scale

Since the inaugural Young Entrepreneur Convention in 2016, more than $150,000 in cash and prizes has be awarded to participants in our Pitch Competition. Among the largest single day elevator pitch competitions in the United States, it has become a cornerstone of the Young Entrepreneur Convention.

Our competition offers participants 90 seconds to pitch their business in front of a panel of expert preliminary judges, with two minutes for follow-up questions. Our finalists then pitch in front of our full audience, on stage, to a panel that over the years has included attorneys, Silicon Valley VCs, founders and more.

Here is a quick overview of the format and rules:

  • The opening round pitches will be given between 8 and 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2023 at the Student Innovation Center on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 

  • The opening round pitches will be in an open area allowing attendees of Young Entrepreneur Convention to watch pitches live.

  • Participants will be given 90 seconds to pitch to judging panel, followed by 2 minutes of Q&A from judges. 

  • No props, slides, or visuals allowed. 

  • Finalists will be filmed while pitching on the main stage, in front of the Young Entrepreneur Convention audience at approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2023.


Our top pitchers win: 

  • Cash Prizes

  • Promotional Assets

  • More


We will maintain a wait list the day of the event in case some of the registered pitchers fail to attend. To be placed on the wait list, please email with "WAIT LIST" in the subject line.

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