UW-Whitewater Midwest High School Pitch Competition

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020.

First Place: $2,000, Second Place: $1,000, Third Place: $500

and more!

Elkhorn Area High school Pitch

Elkhorn Area High school Pitch

The UW-Whitewater Midwest High School Pitch Competition is a startup pitch competition event for high school students based in Wisconsin and Illinois. The purpose of the event is to help foster creativity, innovation and a solution-orientation within high school students and provide them the practical skills of business model development and professional presentation skills. This exciting and educational event is managed by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization and will be hosted at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Finalists will win cash prizes including first place which will is one year of free tuition (in-state) to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater! This competition is generously sponsored by Geneva Supply.


Stage One – Online Application

Due Date: FRIDAY - JANUARY 17th, 2020

Stage One involves a submission of an online application that provides an overview of your business model. 

You will be judged on the following criteria:

1)  Startup Idea and Value Proposition
2) Significance of Problem Solved
3) Your Startup Solution Itself & Competitive Advantage
4) Revenue Model and Startup Viability

Complete your application here on Google Forms no later than January 17th, 2020 at 11:59pm CST. 

Entrants will be notified if they have reached stage two by January 24th, 2020 at 5:00pm CST.

Stage Two –  MIDWEST HIGH SCHOOL PITCH COMPETITION EVENT - Wednesday - February 26, 2020

Venue: The actual Midwest High School Pitch Competition event will be held on Wednesday, February 26th from 1pm-4pm at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Hyland Hall in the Timmerman Auditorium (1st Floor). Please note that even non-finalists are invited to attend the event. 

*** Everyone that attends must RSVP. Seating is limited. RSVPs must be received by TBD. RSVP here *** 

Pitch Competition Details.

  1. Pitch competitions will be made by up to the top 6 contestants. Contestants can be individuals or teams of up to 3 people.

  2. You will receive 6 minutes to pitch in-front of judges (will include entrepreneurs, angel investors and other business professionals) and up to 5 minutes to address questions from the judges.

  3. Presentation slides will be sent in PowerPoint format no later than February 21st, 2020 at 5pm. Email slides to Dave Gee: geed@uww.edu. The slides will be loaded onto a desktop computer by us that will be connected to a projector. Please also have a backup of the slides on a thumb drive.

  4. Presentation must include the following slides:

    • Title

    • Target Market

    • Problem

    • Solution

    • How it works

    • Revenue Model

    • Competitions

    • Advantages

    • Team

    • Milestones

    • Call to action

  5. Up to 3 students can pitch.

  6. Business attire is required.


  • 1st Place: $2,000

  • 2nd Place: $1,000

  • 3rd Place: $500

  • 4th Place: $100

  • 5th Place: Amazon Echo

  • 6th Place: $50 Best Buy Gift Card

Prizes are awarded on a per pitch basis. Example: If a team of two people were to win second place the team would receive would receive $500 NOT each individual. See below for details on the tuition payment.


If student advisors/teachers have questions please contact Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization faculty advisor Dave Gee at geed@uww.edu.

Below are example pitches from UW-Whitewater Students in the Warhawk Business Plan Competition. Review for examples of pitches.

Sample Pitches