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What is 1000 Pitches?

1000 Pitches is a month-long, campus-wide pitch competition at the University of Michigan.


1000 Pitches grants any student the opportunity to voice and share their ideas, promoting entrepreneurship in its most intuitive and raw form: the elevator pitch.

What counts as a pitch?

Any innovative idea will be considered a pitch.


We recommend that pitches:

Are at least 30 seconds long.

Describe an idea, improvement,
or solution to a problem.

Describe how you would go about
putting your pitch into action.

Describe why your idea is
different/ better than similar ideas.

$1,000

Grand Prize

$500

Second Place

$250

Third Place

How to Submit

Pitches can be submitted by accessing our submission platform from a Smartphone or Laptop. Simply follow the prompts on the platform, submit a short pitch video, and you’re all set!

SUBMIT A PITCH

Pitch any innovative idea.

Or, choose to pitch within a category:

Machine Learning

Mobility

Internet of Things

Healthcare

M-Provements

Fintech

Sustainability

Consumer Products

Frequently Asked Questions

What is 1000 Pitches?

1000 Pitches believes that everyone has an idea worth expressing. We challenge U-M students to take the leap from noticing a problem to ideating solutions. Our competition collects pitches from mid-January through the end of February, which is when we storm campus with pitch booths and organize social media campaigns to engage with the best ideas at U-M. We collect, review, and provide feedback on thousands of pitches every year. We offer a grand prize of $1000 for the best pitch and a handful of other cash and non-cash prizes to other winning pitches.

How does 1000 Pitches work?

1000 Pitches collects pitches for from mid-January through the end of February at our pitch booths and through social media. There are multiple ways to submit a pitch:

  • Directly on our website.
  • By direct messaging any of our social media channels (Instagram: 1000pitches_umich, Facebook: 1000 Pitches)
  • In person at our pitch booths (see timeline)

We collect, review, and provide feedback on thousands of pitches every year. We offer a grand prize of $1000 for the best pitch and a handful of other cash and non-cash prizes to other winning pitches.

Why should I pitch?

Immediate incentives for submitting a pitch may include free food, t-shirts, and more.

Additionally, winners of select categories are entitled to prizes, including the $1000 cash prize for the best pitch, overall.

We are also happy to help you promote your idea or give tips on how you can improve your pitch and/or the idea itself.

How does 1KP interact with students?

We welcome pitches from students of all ages, majors, and schools. All of our efforts are directed toward making these interactions as meaningful and effortless as possible. Students can submit pitches in any of the following ways:

  • Directly on our website.
  • By direct messaging any of our social media channels (Instagram: 1000pitches_umich, Facebook: 1000 Pitches)
  • In person at our pitch booths (see timeline)
What is the timeline? How long is the competition?

1000 Pitches is held in the winter semester from mid-January to mid-February.

Kickoff Date & Start of Pitch Collection - January 14th; Central Campus Diag

End of Pitch Collection - Feb 22nd

Award Ceremony - March 22nd

What is a pitch booth?

Pitch booths are tables situated in hot-spots on campus where anyone can come pitch ideas. We will be holding pitch booths in dorms, Mason Hall, the Diag, and other locations listed here.

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