Pitch Night

April 30th, 2020

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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.

2019-2020 Semi-finalists

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IASSEr logo
moodbits logo
GrowSquares logo
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Tech Incubator Queens College Logo


FrontX Labs logo
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David Rosen

Chief Executive Officer

Dash Pharmaceuticals LLC

Mark Rothenberg


New York Metro Area SCORE

Sascha Eder

Chief Operating Officer 

Newton X

Dana Attar 


Minerva Solutions

Dhairya D Pujara

Founder, CEO


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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 +
First-generation Immigrants
Tech Enabled Ideas focused in:
Energy, Healthcare, Social Improvement and More


Cash Prizes

$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


Additional Prizes

Connections to Industry Leading Business Advisors
Marketing Assistance
Product Development Assistant
1 year Discounted Membership
(restricted to space availability)
Access to interns
Potential Investors
Business Development Workshops


September 16th 2019

Kick Off and Application Open

December 1, 2019 11:59 PM

Submission Deadline

December 16th, 2019

Semi-Finalist Teams Announced 


January 13th, 2020


April 30th, 2020

Pitch Night

2018 Winners

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​

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.