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How It Works

  • Individuals with business ideas, startup companies, or even established companies exploring new products may apply.
  • A selection committee reviews the applications, interviews a set of semi-finalists, then selects the final set of teams to pitch.
  • The teams get coaching to help them prepare their pitches.
  • At the event, each team gets 5 minutes & 5 slides to pitch to the judges and the audience of potential investors and community members
  • The judges select the winners and prizes are awarded.
  • Before and after the pitches, the community enjoys local cuisine, beverages, and networking.


Northwest Ohio’s largest entrepreneurial business pitch competition, “Pitch & Pour” is happy to announce our 6th annual competition will be held on Thursday Nov 16th. Pitch & Pour is a competition where startup companies compete for over $10,000 in cash and business services, and will have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to the Toledo's entrepreneurial community. We’re looking for high tech/high growth, technology enabled, and web-based enterprises that demonstrate innovation and business concepts with the potential to develop into successful companies. Last year’s attendees included many of the region's entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, angel investors, and area businesses who listened to six budding companies give their best 5 minute pitch to the audience and a team of seasoned judges, made up of regional entrepreneurs and business leaders. If you're a start-up company, this is an opportunity to move the needle. If you're an investor, this could be where you find your next venture. If you're neither, just come on down and enjoy the festivities!

The LaunchPad Incubation Program (LPI) at the University of Toledo provides intensive entrepreneurial assistance, state-of-the-art facilities, access to capital and other valuable resources to early-stage, technology-based startup companies. The program is focused on taking business ventures from concept to commercialization and providing a framework for companies to become thriving, self-sustaining members of the community. LPI works to bolster innovation within UT and Northwest Ohio by providing access to capital, business development resources, and expertise focused on enhancing community collaboration and communication for entrepreneurial development.


Past Events and Winners


1st place -Zid Zid

Zid Zid is a web-based platform designed for children (ages 3-6) to discover the world through play and languages, together with their parents. Recent research shows the optimum time to learn languages is before the age of 6. Zid Zid removes the barriers that prevent parents from exposing their young children to world languages. We leverage technology to provide the best in early childhood education to any child, anytime, anywhere.
Lead: Moulay Essakalli

2nd place -Peep Game Comix

Black Nerds (Blerds) are one of the fastest growing markets in the comic book industry and yet we are still the most under served. That's why I created
Our digital comic book platform carries close to 200 Black owned comic books fro an amazing community of creators.
We have over 500 registered users who support our creators by purchasing digital downloads that can be read via iPhone, iPad, Kindle and other digital devices.
Our goal is to create an app version of our website that we'll introduce to Libraries across the country. We'll also introduce it to the booming mobile tech market on the African continent in countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa where access to book stores and libraries are hard to access.
Lead: Imani Lateef

3rd place -Sport Testing

Our goal is to utilize the most accurate laser testing system in the world that is already well established in the Canadian hockey industry and the NHL for the benefit of all athletes through multiple sports. This technology will bring the most accurate testing standards in the world that currently does not exist in the United States. We have positioned this model well after proving the validity of the Sport Testing model for the last 15 years as well as gaining traction working with 9 teams in the NHL including the Montreal Canadians, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Philadelphia Flyers. With the data that we have accumulated so far, we are in the stage of providing predictive models for hockey and are certain that the same can be done for football as well as many other sports beginning with basketball, baseball and lacrosse. There are aspects to this model that we believe can transcend the recruiting industry and drastically enhance the difficult jobs of coaches across the country, but also help athletes gain the type of exposure that they do not have now.
Lead: Glenn "Shemmy" Schembechler

Winners from Pitch & Pour 4, October 2015

1st - Pfitz reaction bar
2nd - Thermomorph
3rd - Geolore

Winners from Pitch & Pour 3, October 2014

1st - Happinin
2nd - Daily Fantasy Cricket

Winners from Pitch & Pour 2, January 2014


1st - Therapals
2nd - Earigator
3rd - Launch Thought


1st - Grypshon
2nd - Hephaestus
3rd - Point Start



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