International Student Pitch Contest

Do you have a great idea that you want to pitch to potential funders and employers? If so, February 12, 2020, Global Cleveland is hosting a pitch contest where 12 impressive international students will pitch their innovative idea to a team of judges and audience members at the Great Lakes Science Center.

This opportunity is not limited to current students. If you were previously enrolled, a graduate or an international newcomer currently residing in Northeast Ohio, you can apply. Selected international students will pitch to attendees and guest judges (employers from different fields) in a showcase/demo table style presentation.

Pitch Categories:

  • Business Management and Process Improvement
  • IT/Connected Devices (IOT)
  • Community/Civic Innovations
  • Healthcare/Biomedical

Winner from each category will win a $700 Gift Card plus a chance to win an additional $300 gift card for the popular vote

Submit you ideas to by sending a single paragraph describing your pitch ideas and/or 3 slides with a summary. Submissions need to be received by EOD on January 24th, 2020. Finalists will be announced the last week of January.


  • 5:30 pm Doors open
  • 6:00-6:15 pm Introduction to the pitch showcase and rules
  • 6:15 -6:30 pm Category 1: Business Management and Process Improvement
  • 6:35 -6:55 pm Category 2: IT/Connected Devices (LOT)
  • 6:55 -7:15 pm Category 3: Community/Civic Innovations
  • 7:15-7:35 pm Category 4: Health Care/Biomedical
  • 7:35-7:45 pm Break, votes are counted
  • 7:45 -8:00 pm Winners announced, awards presented

Get more information about the contest.