University of California 3rd Annual Pitch Competition

Apply to the 3rd Annual UC Entrepreneur Pitch Competition and win a chance to pitch in front of more than 800 VCs at the Global Corporate Venturing and Innovation Summit and $15,000 in prize money. Learn more from Dr. Christine Gulbranson, senior vice president, Chief Innovation Officer for the University of California System.

  Christine Gulbranson


About the Annual UC Entrepreneur Pitch Competition

The Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of California created the Annual UC Entrepreneur Pitch Competition to help startups founded by UC entrepreneurs raise funding and build a network of potential investors.

With 270K students, 200K faculty, and 2 million living UC alumni, there is a richness in innovation we seek to capture and highlight as part of the UC Innovation & Entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Competition Tracks

Early-stage Startups The early-stage track is open to startups that are in or have completed any pre Series-A round of funding.

Later-stage Startups The later-stage track is open to startups that are in or completed Series-A or later.

Awards & Prizes

Six startup finalists from each competition track will have the opportunity to:

  • Pitch at the 4th Annual Global Corporate Venturing and Innovation Summit in Monterey, California, to more than 700 corporations and investors from January 29-31, 2019.
  • Receive a 3-day pass to the conference, network with investors, and exhibit at a small booth.

One winner will be selected from each competition track and will receive a cash prize of $15,000 for his/her startup.

2017 Winner Dr. Sophia Yen, CEO and Co-founder of Pandia Health, on her experience participating in the competition.

Eligibility + FAQ

The 3 rd Annual UC Entrepreneur Pitch Competition is open to startups that have at least one co-founder who is a UC alumnus, student, faculty, or staff.

Learn more about entry requirements, timelines, judging criteria, and top tips.



  1. Submit application by 5:00pm PST on December 17, 2018
  2. Early January 2019 - 12 finalists announced & assigned a mentor
  3. January 25, 2019 - Final pitch decks due
  4. January 29-31, 2019 - Finalists attend final pitch events at the Global Corporate Venturing and Innovation Summit
  5. January 31, 2019 - Track winners announced at Global Corporate Venturing and Innovation Summit
  6. February - Press release to announce track winners


Finalists are paired with a VC mentor to help prepare for their final pitch.


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