Learn how to sell your business in five minutes

What innovation would take your business to the next level?

InnoVentures, our annual business competition and fundraiser, gives you a chance to show what makes your business special—and what innovation would make it even better. Backed by expert pitch coaches and staff teaching you the best techniques in public speaking and presenting, you will craft a five-minute pitch as awesome as your business is. Plus, if you make it to finals, you will go home with cash and prizes.

This year will be the biggest InnoVentures to date with more prizes and networking opportunities for your business. The competition starts in January, so apply now to be part of the community of entrepreneurs taking their businesses to the next level.

InnoVentures is only open to Ventures entrepreneurs. Participants will pitch an innovation for their businesses while gaining exposure, networking, and competing for prizes. By the end of the night, we will award at least $2,500 to the 1st place winner, and smaller cash prizes to all of the finalists.

How it works

Participants will develop and present on an innovation, strategy, or product to increase efficiency and grow their businesses. This year, in addition to pitching the total investment your business needs to implement your innovation, you will explain how the 1st place cash prize—$2,500—would be used to move your business forward.

You will work with coaches before the event to develop and refine your pitch through pratice pitch clinics and preliminary competitions with the ultimate goal of advancing to the InnoVentures Finals on Thursday, March 26 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Washington Hall.


*Clients only attend one time slot

InnoVentures Milestones

Date & Time


Applications Open
NOW Online
Application Deadline
Monday, Jan. 6 Online
Applicants Notified
Thursday, Jan. 9 By E-Mail
Mandatory Client Orientation for Quarterfinalists* Monday, Jan. 13, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pmor
Thursday, Jan. 16, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
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InnoVentures Bootcamp Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 2100 Bldg
Pitch Clinics* Monday, Jan. 27, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, or
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm,  or
Thursday, Jan. 30, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Monday, Feb. 10, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm or
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Pitch Clinics Tuesday, Feb. 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pmor
Wednesday, Feb.19, 10:00 am – 12:00 pmor
Thursday, Feb. 20, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Tuesday, March 3, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 2100 Bldg
Finals Pitch Practice* Thursday, March 12, 10:00 am – 12:00 pmor 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 2100 Bldg
Finals Pitch Practice* Monday, March 16, 10:00 am – 12:00 pmor 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 2100 Bldg
Finals Pitch Practice* Thursday, March 19, 11:00 am – 1:00 pmor 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 2100 Bldg


Thursday, March 26
Washington Hall