Submit your startup for upcoming partner events and gain the opportunity to present live to VC investors, angel investors, and Fortune 500 corporations.
NCET2 partners with different organizations to allow startups the opportunity to apply and showcase in different events.


  • Open to universities and startups located in the U.S.
  • Universities may submit up to five startups for selection for the showcase
  • The startup must be affiliated with a university
  • All startups that submit may be invited to NCET2 online pitches to be reviewed and scored by Fortune 500 corporates and NCET2 Startup Development Officers


Upcoming Partner Events:


Pitch and Play - The AUTM Venture Challenge
at the AUTM Annual Meeting

March 8-11, 2020
San Diego, CA
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
Deadline: September 30, 2019

submit here or submit via (with the subject “AUTM Pitch and Play 2020”)

Watch the AUTM Pitch and Play Webinarbelow and download the information flyer

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AUTM and NCET2 have partnered to produce Pitch and Play – The AUTM Venture Challenge Session at the 2020 Annual Meeting on March 8-11 in San Diego, California. It includes a business plan competition where academic-affiliated start-up companies pitch their business opportunity to a panel of seasoned venture investors for a $10,000 cash prize. The event also provides valuable experience and feedback to our start-up finalists.

Criteria for eligibility

The start-up must be a legally existing company and have a license or option-to- license with a research institution (university, research hospital, research institute, government laboratory), and the obligated technology must comprise an integral part of the start-up’s business focus. Note: Only one finalist from any one metropolitan area will be selected in each category. If necessary, an honorable mention category will be designated from the same metro area that is excluded from the finalist list.

The start-up does not need to have received prior professional investment but must be actively seeking funding. Note: Start-ups that have already received (i) a Series A round, (ii) in excess of $2 million in private investments, or (iii) significant sales revenue in 2019 or before are too advanced and not eligible for this competition.

A manager/executive must present the venture pitch, not an inventor/scientist.

Each finalist will receive

  • Reimbursement of up to $1,000 for travel expenses, including hotel costs, for the AUTM 2020 Annual Meeting
  • One complimentary registration for the AUTM 2020 Annual Meeting
  • Complimentary use of AUTM’s partnering software, AUTM ConnectTM, at the Annual Meeting
  • The opportunity to present to an esteemed panel of venture investors and obtain critical and constructive feedback from the panel
  • The opportunity to discuss their business and get feedback from partners in the venture community

Application and selection process

  • Submit a non-confidential pitch deck at or (with the subject “AUTM Pitch and Play 2020”) on or before Monday, September 30, 2019
  • The non-confidential pitch deck should include:
    • Background and overview of technology - how it is being or will be leveraged into a commercial opportunity
    • Financing plan (pre-$ valuation, amount sought, use of funds, cap table if it exists)
    • Market (unmet need, size/opportunity for growth, entry or sales plan, barriers to adoption)
    • Risks (technology, regulatory, reimbursement, market)
    • Competition (current gold standard, competitors)
    • Intellectual property strategy, proprietary assets/barriers to others entering the market
    • Management team description, people (management, board, advisors, inventors)
    • Possible acquirers/exit strategy

Note: AUTM and NCET2 cannot be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your submission. AUTM and NCET2 will not ask anyone to agree to or sign non-disclosure/confidentiality statements on behalf of any applicant.

Evaluation Process

  • Start-ups that meet the criteria for eligibility will be reviewed with feedback via online Virtual Star-tup Pitches by NCET2.
  • AUTM and NCET2 will select up to eight semi-finalists
  • Semi-finalists will be announced on Monday, December 2, 2019 and required to submit final business plans by Friday, December 6, 2019.
  • The semi-finalists will be reviewed by the AUTM and NCET2 Review Committee, and four finalists will be invited to present their plans at the AUTM 2020 Annual Meetin The panel may solicit additional information relating to the finalists prior to the presentation.
  • Each finalist will have 10 minutes to present their plan to the panel, and will have up to 5 minutes to address any questions that the panel may h Each presentation will be closely timed, and cannot exceed 15 minutes total. The panel will thereafter determine a first place winner, which will be announced after the meeting.

For questions about the submission process, email Ria P. Ancheta-Adrias at

The first place start-up company receives a $10,000 cash prize.

The winner is announced during the AUTM Annual Meeting and via press release.


  •      Deadline for submission: Monday, September 30, 2019
  •      8 Semi-finalists announced: Monday, December 2, 2019
  •      Semi-finalist business plans due: Friday, December 6, 2019
  •      4 Finalists announced: Friday, December 13, 2019
  •      Pitch Competition: Tuesday, March 10, 2020




CLOSED: Entrepreneur Pitch Training and Competition
August 25-27, 2019
San Diego, CA
American Chemical Society
Deadline: July 19, 2019

Benefits for Startups:

  • Free ACS National Meeting registration and kiosk space in the ACS Entrepreneur Pavilion
  • Free 3-day I-Corps workshop on customer discovery and pitch training
  • Free training on business model development
  • Feedback from chemical business and funding experts

submit here

CLOSED: AUTM Eastern Meeting

Date:October 3-4, 2019
Raleigh, NC
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
Deadline: July 31, 2019

Benefits for Startups:

  • Feedback about essential pitch deck elements
  • Ability to deliver pitch to a group of institutional investors
  • Introduction to and networking with potential investors at a networking event following the showcases

submit here



Past Partner Events:

  • Chemical Ventures Conference, April 23-24, 2019, Wilmington, DE
    Startup Submission Deadline: March 1, 2019 - CLOSED

  • Global Corporate Venturing Summit, January 30-31, 2019, Monterey, CA
    Startup Submission Deadline: January 4, 2019 - CLOSED

  • 2019 AUTM Annual Meeting, February 10-13, 2019, Austin, TX
    Startup Submission Deadline: November 1, 2018 - CLOSED


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