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Quick Pitch


3 minutes 2 pitch 1 idea.

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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 Center for Entrepreneurship's New Venture Competition for a $15,000 grand prize and opportunity for further investment from the Husker Venture Fund.

All University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate and graduate students are invited to register and participate.


Thursday, November 7, 2024
Registration opens October 1, 2024.


Thursday, November 7, 2024 at Howard L. Hawks Hall

4 p.m. Check-In at the College of Business, Henrickson Family Atrium; North End
5 - 5:15 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks - Henrickson Family Atrium
5:20 p.m. Find your “room,” maps and signage will be available
5:30 p.m. Pitches Begin
6:30 - 6:40 p.m. Judge Deliberation
6:45 - 7:15 p.m. Feedback to groups in individual rooms
7:15 p.m. Networking reception, buffet – Henrickson Family Atrium
7:45 p.m. Awards Ceremony - Henrickson Family Atrium

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can compete? All undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are welcome to register.
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.
When will I receive more details? The Center for Entrepreneurship will email you after the registration deadline with day-of competition details.
Can I get feedback on or practice my pitch/idea before the competition? Happy to help! Please reach out to to schedule a feedback or practice session.


Center for Entrepreneurship
HLH 315