2023 INCubatoredu National Pitch Competition — Call for Submissions

It's National Pitch Time!

We're thrilled to offer this opportunity to INCubatoredu students tosummit-judges-square celebrate their hard work and achievements!  National Pitch is a highlight of the year as we bring together the top teams from across the nation to compete for real funding. Students benefit from the real-world startup pitch experience and relationships built with fellow INC students!

Here's a glimpse of the energy! 


About the Event

Q1: What is National Pitch?

The INCubatoredu National Pitch brings together five student teams from across the nation, Spain, and Australia to pitch their businesses to a board of startup business investors and compete for funding at the national level. 

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Q2: Where and when is National Pitch?

National Pitch will occur at Convene in Chicago, Illinois, during the 2023 Uncharted Learning National Summit on Tuesday, July 11, 2023. Participants should arrive mid day to prepare for the pitch event that will take place in the early evening.


Q3: What does the team need to submit?

Submission requirements have changed a bit from years past. The changes will allow judges to glean better information demonstrating the business’s stability and growth potential. Teams will submit basic business information and supporting documents.  A document to help prepare your submission can be found here.


Q4: When and how does a team submit

Nominations open Friday, March 31, 2023, at 8:00 AM CST and are due by Friday, May 26, 2023, at 5:00 PM CST. Each INCubatoredu member school can nominate one student team to represent their program. Either the teacher or student nominee should complete THIS FORM.


Q5:  Can a teacher submit more than one team?

We ask that you submit only one team to compete in the National Pitch competition; however, if you want to share what multiple teams are doing, we encourage you to share their stories with Michelle!


Q6: Do my students have to travel to Chicago to pitch?

Yes. We ask student teams to pitch live in Chicago on July 11. We understand that all team members may not be able to attend; however, we ask that a majority of members attend.  Questions about logistics?  Reach out to me.

Q4: Is the event open to the public?

Finalist teams may invite mentors and families to attend the event. Teams will submit attendee names closer to the event date. The event will also be live-streamed. 


Q8: When will we know the results?

A committee of judges will review all submissions to identify:

  • 25 quarter-finalists by June 2, 2023
  • Ten semi-finalists by June 9, 2023
  • Five finalists and two alternates  by June 16, 2023


michelleGOOD LUCK and reach out to me with any questions!