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Pitch Your Idea To A Global Audience At The DSW Pitch Competition, Sponsored by Kickstart

Is your Startup going to be the next big thing? If you are ready to share your idea with not just Denver, but the WORLD, as we take our fifth annual Pitch Competition Virtual for the first time, then check out our handbook here, and get started on your application.


The fifth annual Denver Startup Week Pitch Competition will highlight and harness our city's entrepreneurial energy. This year’s challenge takes the typical pitch competition and spins it on its head, inviting our 20,500+ attendees at DSW to cast votes to determine the final six contenders.


With a prize package consisting of in in-kind services and products, this pitch competition will showcase the best ideas and the brightest startups at an event by and for the community! Submissions are entered by Denver startups looking for the opportunity to prove their idea’s worth, and each round of the competition will be judged by members of our community that have expertise in startup development, business, and growth.


Vote for your favorite Semi-Finalist here!


The Denver Startup Week Pitch Competition offers you an opportunity to sell your big idea on a big stage. Be prepared to put your company's best foot forward, and go head to head with many other hungry entrepreneurs. 


This year, all applicants must submit a 90-second video (maximum) about your company with your application. This video should convey your mission, inspiration, and team dynamic. This is your moment to shine, and to get the community excited about your

company and pitch. Check out this video if you need some inspiration.


A committee of judges will narrow the applicants down to 18 semi-finalists. Anyone who is officially registered on the Denver Startup Week website can then vote for their favorite pitch.


The final 6 winners of the Semi-final round will be selected to pitch in the Finals on September 17, Thursday afternoon of Denver Startup Week. 

Denver Startup Week is committed to keeping our community safe. With Denver Startup Week 2020 being 100% virtual, attendees will be able to watch the Semi-finals and Finals from the comfort of their homes. Startups that are selected to participate will pitch in-person to a small group of judges and a camera, allowing attendees to watch live. If you are selected and are unable to pitch in-person, please reach out to lacey@denverstartupweek.org and we will allow for you to pitch virtually. 


Any Denver-area based startup with less than $2 million in outside investment is eligible to compete. To apply for the pitch, please tell us more about your idea here.


Although only one company can win the final prize, the Denver Startup Week Pitch Competition offers exposure to a global and diverse audience, as well as a chance to vet the framing of your ideas and dial your sales pitch. 


This year's Pitch Competition is sponsored by KICKSTART FUND:

Kickstart Fund is a seed-stage venture capital firm in Utah with a mission to fuel the best companies in the Mountain West. Raising venture capital is about more than just swapping shares for money and a board seat; it’s about investing in the right partner to complement your team. With Kickstart, you get collaborators. Fellow entrepreneurs with first-hand experience. A team that understands what it’s like to see a version of the future no one else does and who knows what it will take to make it real. Kickstart’s community platform brings all the knowledge across our networks directly to our portfolio companies in the form of events, resources, and connections. 


This event will be LIVE streamed from Galvanize:

Galvanize is a technology ecosystem for learners, entrepreneurs, startups, and established companies that meets the needs of our rapidly changing digital world. Traditionally, industry and education only existed separately. At Galvanize, we've bridged this gap by bringing together industry partners, ambitious students, world-class education, and passionate founders, all under one roof. This is the Galvanize community.

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