April 30th, 2020
Join us in our annual PitchFest event where we celebrate entrepreneurs and startups in NYC! Come and watch this year’s semi-finalists pitching their ideas in front of an industry panel and 'live' audience. $15,000 will be awarded to the top three winners as seed funding to help launch and grow their startups. As an attendee, you will have the opportunity to engage via polls, Q&A and Live Chat.
PitchFest is a yearly competition founded in 2018 which brings together New York City’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to compete for seed investments.
The competition is designed to give entrepreneurs a platform to pitch to investors and stakeholders while successfully commercialize their products.
This multi-round competition kicks off in September 2019, starting with one virtual round and culminating in a final live pitch competition on April 30th 2020.
Open to all Innovators across NYC
Queens College Students & Alumni
University Faculty & Researchers
We Strongly Encourage:
Women, Persons of Color, LGBTQ +
Tech Enabled Ideas focused in:
Energy, Healthcare, Social Improvement and More
$15,000 in Cash Prizes.
The top three winning
Ideas will walk away with
following cash amounts:
First Place $7,500
Second Place $5,000
Third Place 2,500
Connections to Industry Leading Business Advisors
Product Development Assistant
1 year Discounted Membership
(restricted to space availability)
Access to interns
Business Development Workshops
Kick Off and Application Open
December 1, 2019 11:59 PM
December 16th, 2019
Semi-Finalist Teams Announced
January 13th, 2020
April 30th, 2020
Grand Prize Winner
“Pitchfest is a rare breed of pitch competition for local founders who are members of the Queens College community. Not only was it fun, but it was also educational, competitive and inspiring. The cash prize helped me develop and launch our mobile product within 4 months of the competition. So I’m immensely grateful for the platform and resources that Pitchfest provide Dollaride.”
Frequently Asked Questions
All tech-enabled ideas are eligible for this contest including ideas based in Energy, Healthcare, Social Improvement, SDG ideas and More
Yes, some time commitment is necessary.
All submissions must be entered by 11:59 pm December 1, 2019
No. Ideas come from all walks of life. As long as you can imagine a tech aspect to your idea you can enter.