Final Four Business Pitch Competition

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Date(s) - July 31, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Merchandise Mart



On July 31st from 5:30–8:30pm, student teams from across the University of Illinois System will compete against students from DePaul University, Michigan State University, and Purdue University in a Final Four Business Pitch at 1871 to explore the best university startups in Chicago. Each university will select five student teams, and each team will have a display table to talk about their startup during the first hour of the event. Attendees will then vote for their favorite startup from each university. The top team receiving the most votes from each university will then compete in a live 5-minute pitch with Q&A and our judges will award $8000 to the Final Four Teams.


Student startup teams from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Illinois at Springfield are invited to apply. To be eligible to apply, at least one founder (whoever completes the application) must be a current student or recent 2018 graduate from UIUC, UIC, or UIS.


>>>The application is available here until Tuesday, July 3rd. Applicants will be notified of their status by no later than July 9th<<<


Event information:

  • FINAL FOUR BUSINESS PITCH COMPETITION with the University of Illinois System, DePaul University, Michigan State University, and Purdue University
  • Tuesday, July 31st from 5:30 – 8:30pm @ 1871 Auditorium (222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212)
  •  Register here: (Please RSVP as space will be limited)