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3 2 1 quick pitch


The 3-2-1 Quick Pitch Competition is an annual event where you can showcase your entrepreneurial, communication and presentation skills through a short “quick pitch” proposal for a new business venture. Competitors will have 3 minutes 2 pitch 1 idea. A panel of entrepreneurial-minded experts from across Nebraska judge proposals and provide you with valuable feedback. You'll also have the opportunity to develop ideas as well as network with other students, successful entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Cash prizes totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the top pitches from each competition room. Winners will also get a guaranteed spot to compete in the university's New Venture Competition for a $15,000 grand prize and opportunity for further investment from the Husker Venture Fund.

UNL undergraduate and graduate students as well as local high school students are invited to participate. Competition rooms will be divided by level of education.


Thursday, November 9, 2023
Registration coming soon


Details coming soon.

Quick Pitch Judges

Judges' Role Overview

• Each student will have three minutes to pitch, then judges will have two minutes for questions and answers.
• This is a learning experience for our students. Thank you for helping us to provide it.
• Winners will be decided by judges’ deliberations. There will be 3 winners chosen in each room. Winners need not be ranked.
• This is a timed event - please keep this in mind during deliberations and feedback to help us stay on track.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can compete?

All undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are welcome to apply to compete. Local high school students can also apply to compete. From applications, up to 70 students will compete in the competition in rooms divided by level of education.

What are the requirements of the pitch?

In the 3 minutes of your pitch, there are important things to include:

  • A ‘hook’ such as a story or a statistic that shows interest in the problem
  • Problem and solution statement
  • Who will buy your product or service
  • How you will make money
  • Overall good presentation & enthusiasm

Participants can pitch an idea, current business or any type of business.

How will I know I am competing?

The Center for Entrepreneurship will email you after the application deadline with day-of competition details.

Is there any additional help for high school competitors?

High school competitors can take advantage of a one-on-one coaching with the Center for Entrepreneurship to practice your pitch. Email Mallory Krenk at to schedule.

Who can I talk to for feedback before giving my pitch at the event?

Anyone who plans to participate can request to meet with an advisor at the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Other requests or questions can be sent to Mallory Krenk at, or stop by the Center for Entrepreneurship in Hawks Hall 315.

Sponsored By

Resort Lifestyles Community
Lincoln Chamber of Commerce


Center for Entrepreneurship
HLH 315