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Orange County's inaugural pitch competition for technology and life science startups.

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Announcing the launch of the annual pitch competition for technology and life science startups.

If your startup is looking for a financial boost to achieve your next measurable milestone, apply today.

Applicants will receive 2-months of no-cost consulting to hone their pitch, which will then be reviewed by a panel of judges.

Finalists will present live on August 25th and 26th, 2021, where a winner from each of the three tracks (technology, life science, specialty diagnostics) will be announced.

Applications close May 31, 2021, 11:59 PM PST.


May - Applications Open

  • May 3, 2021 - Applications Open
  • May 31, 2021 - Applications Close
  • 3 tracks: Technology, Life Science, and Specialty Diagnostics

June - Pitch Prep Consulting

  • Receive 1:1 consulting and insight on how to refine their elevator pitch and proposal from an SBDC Consultant.
  • Applicants can attend Creating an Investable Startup a 4-part series hosted by the SBDC @ UCI Beall Applied Innovation. The 4-part series is designed to take you through the fundamentals of creating a startup that meets investor’s criteria. We will cover the key elements of a pitch deck that will help you tell your story and attract funding, focusing on 3 major areas: business essentials, the market, and financial projections.

July - Judges Review Proposals

  • July 6, 2021 - Deadline to submit pitches to vetting judges.
  • 3 semi-finalists will be selected from each track and will receive a digital media audit by SBDC Digital Media Lab.

August - Virtual Demo Day

  • August 6, 2021 - Finalists will be announced
  • August 25, 2021 - Technology track winner will be announced at a live webinar.
  • August 26, 2021 -  Life Science and Specialty Diagnostics winners will be announced at a live webinar.


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