Fast Pitch

Congratulations to The Winners of Fast Pitch 2021

Undergraduate Challenge

  • 1st Place: RivR
  • 2nd Place: Langavi
  • 3rd Place (tie): Petids
  • 3rd Place (tie): Throworg
  • 3rd Place (tie): Acute

Graduate Challenge

  • 1st Place: Python Fix
  • 2nd Place (tie): Joyshare
  • 2nd Place (tie): Joanne

Audience Choice Award

  • Team Releese

Do you have a startup idea? Would you like feedback from CU alumni?

Enter Fast Pitch, Columbia Engineering’s campus-wide annual elevator pitch competition, and win money to support your idea. Teams have 60 seconds to sell their business ideas to a panel of judges to win up to $5,000.

This is a great opportunity to practice and perfect a 60-second pitch of your business to a panel of judges that includes successful Columbia alumni and members of the NYC venture community. $5000 is at stake! There will be a $2000 prize pool solely for undergraduates and a $3000 pool for the best overall pitches. All CU students and alumni 2 years out are welcome.

Your elevator pitch could be the most impactful way to convey your business to an outsider.  Mastering the skill of the pitch to hook your investors, partners, or customers within the first minute is crucial. Take part in the Fast Pitch competition to improve your marketing, sales, and promotional capabilities. 

Open to all undergraduate and graduate students across campus. Teams are judged on their idea’s market appeal, pitch clarity, and salesmanship.

Attendance and participation is free. As for the experience, it’s priceless.

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Fast Pitch 2021 Timeline

Nov 2: Video pitches due at midnight, no professional editing required, just a pitch! Submit your application with a link to your video on Younoodle. Teams will receive constructive feedback from judges by November 12th. Video requirements:

  • 60 seconds
  • 1 – 2 people pitching for the team
  • no slides (a custom zoom background is encouraged)
  • record in landscape on your phone or laptop – even a zoom recording will work
  • use good lighting and audio – these are crucial

Nov 12: Feedback on videos released to applicants.

Nov 19: Fast Pitch Competition. Applicants will be contacted the week of November 15th to pitch live at the event!

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