Business Pitch Contest

Attend the College of DuPage Your Big IDea Pitch Contest!

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Jack H. Turner Conference Center
Student Resource Center (SRC) Room 2000

The College of DuPage Pitch Contest is returning for a third round. Nine finalist will PITCH their Big IDea to a panel of expert judges!

Not only are there prizes at stake, finalists will receive insightful advice, exposure to resources and plenty of opportunities to network and meet other entrepreneurs, plus have a great time!


  • 1st Prize $3,000 + 6-Month Membership to Innovation DuPage
  • 2nd Prize $2,000
  • 3rd Prize $1,000

Nine Pitch Contest finalists represent

  • College of DuPage 
  • Glenbard East High School
  • Illinois Math and Science Academy
  • Naperville Central High School
  • Wheaton Warrenville South High School

Something NEW this year

There were so many great applicants for the Pitch Contest, we decided to invite student entrepreneurs that were not chosen as finalists to share, sell and tell you more about their business. Similar to the mini Maker Market. Ten student businesses will be on display at the pitch contest, some even selling their goods and services.

These student run businesses will be competing for $500. The audience decides the winner!  

Here is a preview of the schools represented and their companies:

  • Barrington High School - Safe Pack; Peer2Peer
  • College of DuPage - American J; Good Lookin' Lawns; Weed Dispensary;; Inside-Out Beauty; Drip'NPour Bath Mat
  • Glenbard East High School - Jobber
  • Wheaton North High School - The Charge Card



The final round of the Pitch Contest will be open to the students, staff and the community therefore confidentiality is not guaranteed. If you wish to keep elements of your business or idea confidential, you should not include this information in your pitch.

The Pitch Contest will also be recorded and shared on the College of DuPage website and local cable channel.  There is no way for  College of DuPage to prohibit the sharing of pitch contest content with others.


For more information, e-mail

Produced by College of DuPage Business and Applied Technology Division.

In partnership with College of DuPage Foundation, Innovation DuPage, e2 Emerging Entrepreneurs, College of DuPage Continuing Education and the Small Business Development Center.


Winner of the 2019 Pitch Contest: Fision Lens