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Innovator Competition - Pitch It to Win It!

Grants to USA High School Students With an
Interest in Starting or Expanding a Business

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Foundation / Corporation

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BizInnovator and University of Iowa Jacobson Institute

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Grants of up to $1,500 to USA high school students who are interested in starting or expanding a business. Funding is intended to support and encourage an entrepreneurial mindset in high school students. Please note that students do not need to have a business background to compete - they need motivation, passion, and a good idea.

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GrantWatch ID#: 163663

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Estimated Size of Grant:

1st Place - $1,500
2nd Place - $1,000
3rd Place - $500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified participants are in high school with an interest in starting or expanding a business.

Pre-Application Information:

Competitions are held in the fall and spring.

Note: During an academic year, students who receive 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the fall cannot compete in the spring. If a team receives the honorable mention award in the fall they are eligible to compete in the spring.

The competition starts over each school year, meaning that all students are eligible to compete regardless of whether they previously received a prize (using the same idea or a new name).

To apply, write a one-page Executive Summary (see:

Selected applicants will give a 3-minute Elevator Pitch followed by four minutes of Q & A via Zoom ( An elevator pitch is an overview of a business idea. Investors often judge the quality of a business idea on the basis of the quality of its elevator pitch, and will ask entrepreneurs for the elevator pitches to quickly identify the great ideas.

Important Dates:

- Deadline to submit online application and executive summary: November 16, 2017
- Top 12 notified and moving on to the next round: November 24, 2017
- Innovator Competition: Week of December 4-8, 2017

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Click here to apply online:


Jacobson Institute
758 Van Allen Hall
30 N. Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: 319-335-2204
Contact Form:

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