The WiSys Quick Pitch competition aims to encourage innovative and entrepreneurial thinking at UW Comprehensive Campuses by inspiring students to consider the impact of the research they are currently undertaking or other innovative ideas they may have and how such ideas could ultimately benefit the local economy (e.g. development of a new product, technology or service) and/or society (e.g. changes in public policy and/or benefits to the environment).
Benefits to Participating Students
Beyond the opportunity to compete for a cash prize and increase exposure for their research and/or innovative idea, students will also learn to communicate their findings in a way that is easy to understand, sharpening important communication and presentation skills. The Quick Pitch training and competition teaches students to make their projects accessible for all audiences and across disciplines, which can facilitate collaborations or prepare them for large research symposiums like Posters in the Rotunda.
Winners of WiSys Quick Pitch competitions on each campus will be invited to pitch in the WiSys Quick Pitch State Final during WSTS 2019, where they will have a statewide audience of more than 200 UW System faculty, staff, administrators, students and community members. An additional cash prize is available for the WiSys Quick Pitch State Champion.