2018 Annual Midwest High School Pitch Competition

The Midwest High School Pitch Competition is a startup pitch competition event for high school students based in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. The purpose of the event is to help foster an entrepreneurial mindset within high school students and provide them the practical skills of business model development and professional presentation skills. This is provided by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization and will be hosted at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. 


Stage One – Online Application

Due Date March 4th  at 5:00pm CST

Stage One involves a submission of an online application that provides an overview of your business model. 

You will be judged on the following criteria

1) Startup Idea
2) Target Market and Associated Problem
3) Your Startup Solution
4) Revenue Model and Viability

Complete your application here no later than March 4th at 5:00pm CST. 

Entrants will be notified if they have reached stage two by March 9th.


Venue: The actual Midwest High School Pitch Competition event will be held on Wednesday, April 4th from 4pm-5pm at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Hyland Hall in the Timmerman Auditorium (1st Floor). Please note that even non-finalists are invited to attend the event. 

*** Everyone that attends must RSVP. Seating is limited. RSVPs must be received by March 5th. LIMIT of 4 attendees per school.  RSVP here *** 

Pitch Competition Details.

  1. Pitch competitions will be made by up to the top 5 contestants. 
  2. You will receive 6 minutes to pitch in-front of judges (will include entrepreneurs, angel investors and other business professionals) and up to 5 minutes to address questions from the judges. 
  3. You will receive a booth/table along with a monitor (to connect to a laptop or tablet computer) where you will discuss your startup idea with an audience from the public and judges if they choose. Set-up will begin at 3pm. 
  4. Presentation slides will be sent in PowerPoint format no later than April 1st. Slides will be loaded onto a laptop computer that will be connected to a projector. 
  5. Up to 3 students can pitch.
  6. Business attire is required.


  • 1st Place: $300
  • 2nd Place: $200
  • 3rd Place: $100 


All high school students and advisors are invited to attend the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Warhawk Business Plan Competition immediately following the Midwest High School Pitch Competition. High school students will have the opportunity to meet student entrepreneurs at their booths and learn from experiencing University of Wisconsin - Whitewater student entrepreneurs. Free hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. This event will take place from 5:30pm-7pm.

* University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization faculty advisors may admit applicants to the Midwest High School Pitch Competition at their discretion after posted deadlines.

If student advisors/teachers have questions please contact Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization faculty advisor Dave Gee at geed@uww.edu.

Below are example pitches from UW-Whitewater Students in the Warhawk Business Plan Competition. Review for examples of pitches.

Intern Betas  - Pitch

Infrastructure Inspectors - Pitch