Pitch and Play – AUTM Venture Challenge

AUTM Annual Meeting

Is Your Start-up's Business Plan Worth $10,000?

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Photo: Congratulations to HiberSense--a network of smart thermostats adjusting the climate in every room—winner of the  2019 $10,000 top prize! 

AUTM and the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) have partnered to produce Pitch and Play – AUTM Venture Challenge session at the AUTM 2020 Annual Meeting. The business plan competition allows academic-affiliated start-up companies to pitch their business opportunities to a panel of seasoned venture investors in pursuit of a $10,000 cash prize. The event gives entrepreneurs valuable experience and feedback to our start-up finalists. 

Finalists will receive:
  • Reimbursement of up to $1,000 for travel expenses, including hotel costs, for the AUTM 2020 Annual Meeting;
  • One complimentary registration for the AUTM 2020 Annual Meeting and complimentary use of AUTM’s partnering software, AUTM Connect, at the Annual Meeting;
  • The opportunity to present to a panel of venture investors and obtain critical and constructive feedback; and
  • The opportunity to discuss his or her business and get feedback from partners in the venture community.
  • The first place start-up company receives a $10,000 cash prize. 
  • The winner is announced at the AUTM 2020 Annual Meeting and via a press release.
Key Deadlines
  • Deadline for submission: Monday, September 30, 2019
  • 8 Semi-finalists announced: Monday, December 2, 2019
  • Semi-finalist business plans due: Friday, December 6, 2019
  • 4 Finalists announced: Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Pitch Competition: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Annual Meeting Sponsors

Elanco Animal Health
Osage University Partners
Burford Capital
Parker Highlander PLLC
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Marshall Gerstein
Michael Best & Friedrich
Bereskin & Parr LLP
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Eli Lilly and Company
BCC Research
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
Blank Rome LLP
Baker Donelson
Casimir Jones, SC
Royalty Pharma
Smith, Gambrell & Russell
Quarles & Brady LLP
Hodgson Russ LLP
TreMonti Consulting LLC