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University of Nebraska–Lincoln
3-2-1 Quickpitch


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. This year’s event will be hosted virtually. Competitors will have 3 minutes 2 pitch 1 idea. A panel of entrepreneurial-minded experts from across Nebraska judge proposals and provide students with valuable feedback. Students also have the opportunity to develop their ideas, network with other students, successful entrepreneurs and community leaders. $6,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to the top three pitches. All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate.


Fall 2021
Registration Opens Fall 2021

Quick Pitch Judges

Please consider volunteering to judge this year’s 3-2-1 Quick Pitch competitions.

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

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.
In fairness to all participants, any videos that are over the 3-minute cut-off will be disqualified from the competition.

How can I make a pitch video?

There are multiple ways of making a video pitch. You can use zoom, your phone or other video creation resources. We recommend using a private zoom meeting to record yourself and/or your slides. Here's a YouTube video to learn how to record your virtual pitch with zoom.

Students can have their face on the video or they can use slides as they are presenting. The video can be as simple or as creative as you want.

Videos can be uploaded as an .mp4 or a YouTube video link. If you are using YouTube, make sure to have the video public for the judges to see.

Attach the link to your pitch video when you register.

How will I know if I am a finalist?

The Center for Entrepreneurship will be sending emails to all the participants announcing the top 10 finalists. You can also refer to our Facebook page.

Who can I talk to for feedback before submitting my pitch?

Anyone who plans to participate can request to meet with an advisor at the Center for Entrepreneurship.
Sign up for a 30-minute meeting

Any other requests can be sent to or give us a call at 402-472-3353.

Sponsored By

Resort Lifestyles Community
Lincoln Chamber of Commerce


Center for Entrepreneurship
HLH 315