Tech Incubator at Queens College


PitchFest is a yearly competition which brings together New York City’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to compete for seed investments. 

The competition is designed to give entrepreneurs a platform to pitch to investors and stakeholders while successfully commercialize their products.

This multi-round competition kicks off in September, starting with one virtual round and culminating in a final live pitch competition on April 30th 2020.



Open to all Innovators across NYC
Queens College Students & Alumni
University Faculty & Researchers
We Strongly Encourage:
Women, Persons of Color, LGBTQ +
First-generation Immigrants
Tech Enabled Ideas focused in:
Energy, Healthcare, Social Improvement and More


Cash Prizes

$15,000 in Cash Prizes.
The top three winning
Ideas will walk away with
following cash amounts:

First Place $7,700
Second Place $5,000
Third Place 2,500


Additional Prizes

Connections to Industry Leading Business Advisors
Marketing Assistance
Product Development Assistant
1 year Discounted Membership
(restricted to space availability)
Access to interns
Potential Investors
Business Development Workshops


September 16th 2019

Kick Off/ Application Open

December 1, 2019 11:59 PM

Submission Deadline

December 16th, 2019

Semi-Finalist Teams Announced 


January 13th, 2020


April 30th, 2020

Demo Day

2018 Grand Prize Winner

“Pitchfest is a rare breed of pitch competition for local founders who are members of the Queens College community. Not only was it fun, but it was also educational, competitive and inspiring. The cash prize helped me develop and launch our mobile product within 4 months of the competition. So I’m immensely grateful for the platform and resources that Pitchfest provide Dollaride.”

2018 Winners

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am selected for the second round, do I have to commit a lot of time to PitchFest?

All tech-enabled ideas are eligible for this contest including ideas based in Energy, Healthcare, Social Improvement, SDG ideas and More​

All submissions must be entered by 11:59 pm December 1, 2019

No. Ideas come from all walks of life. As long as you can imagine a tech aspect to your idea you can enter.