Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Innovator Competition - Pitch It to Win It

Opportunity for USA High School Students to
Participate in a Business Development Competition

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

University of Iowa, Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship

Deadline Date:



Request a Grant Writer

Opportunity for USA high school students to participate in a competition and receive funds to start or expand a business or to develop a product. The program is intended to encourage and support entrepreneurial thinking in high school students. Applicants compete to win financial support and feedback from successful entrepreneurs.

Students don't need a background or course work in business to compete. They just need motivation, passion and a good idea. Competitors also need the support and assistance of a teacher or adult. Winners are awarded a combined total of $3,000 in seed capital to take their idea, product, or business to the next level.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163663

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Cash Prizes:
1st Place - $1,500
2nd Place - $1,000
3rd Place - $500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The competition is for any high school student in grades 9-12 to take their idea, product, or business to the next level.

Pre-Application Information:

Competitions are held in the fall and spring.

Deadlines and dates for the next Innovator Competition:
-Application deadline: Apr. 25, 2019
-Finalists notified they are moving on to the next round: early May 2019
-Innovator Competition: Week of May 13-17, 2019

If you're selected as a finalist:
-Give a 3-minute Elevator Pitch via Zoom video conferencing to a panel of entrepreneur judges
-Pitch is followed by 4 minutes of Q&A with the judges
-No travel required. You'll pitch from school during the school day (which is why you need adult support).

-During an academic year, students who receive first, second or third place in the fall cannot compete again in the spring.
-If students receive an honorable mention award in the fall, they are eligible to compete again in the spring.
-The competition starts over each school year, meaning that all students are eligible to compete regardless of whether they previously received a prize.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Click here to apply online:

Kelsi Ludvicek
Program Assistant

Jacobson Institute
758 Van Allen Hall
30 North Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52242

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming