2018-2019 Entrepreneur Quest

Pitch Competition Details

First Round Pitch – a minimum of 10 teams will be selected from the Missouri S&T campus

Date: November 30, 2018

Location: Havener Center-Missouri Ozark Room

Time: 1 pm

Slide Deck for Pitch 1.MST FINAL

Second Round Pitch – 3 teams will be selected (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) from the Missouri S&T campus

Date: March 20, 2019

Location: Havener Center-St. Pat’s

Time: 11 am

 Slide Deck for Pitch 2 and 3.MST FINAL

Third Round Pitch – 3 teams will be selected from the UM System

Date: April 5, 2019

Location: TBD Columbia, MO

Time: TBD

 Slide Deck for Pitch 2 and 3.MST FINAL

8-week EQ Education Program Details

Teams selected from the first round pitch competition will participate in an 8-week educational program designed, developed and taught by Dr. Ronald Kelley (PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison). Dr. Kelley is a successful serial entrepreneur who started his career at Motorola and later switched to tech start up activities. His first company was hydrogen fuel cell technology which resulted in a buy out. We are honored to have someone of his caliber leading this part of the EQ program at Missouri S&T.

The 8-week education program runs from January 7-February 25, 2019. The program includes weekly student presentations, customer discovery and invited guest speakers. Each team is paired with a mentor who has start up and technical experience to guide participants on their journey to entrepreneurship.

Application and Info Session Details

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018 at Midnight

Preview the application questions before you apply by clicking here.

Teams selected for the first pitch contest will be notified on or before November 13th, 2018.

Perks & Benefits

  • Award Money
    • 1st Place: $15,000
    • 2nd Place: $10,000
    • 3rd Place: $5,000
  • 8-week education program for TOP 10 semifinalists from Missouri S&T
  • Dedicated workspace
  • Mentorship from executives, industry leaders, investors, and subject matter experts
  • Pitch competition
  • Champion Round run by UM System at Entrepreneurial Educator Summit in Columbia, MO in the spring
  • Each participant has the opportunity to compete in 2 Demo Days & win up to $30,000


  • Put in your best efforts and submit a strong application
  • Keep deadlines and show up
  • Attend and Participate in curriculum sessions if chosen for the program
  • Excel at Demo Day
  • Entrepreneurial Educator Summit attendance is mandatory for winners

Information Sessions

All Information Sessions will take place in the IDE building Rm G2 and attendance is optional but strongly advised. These Information Sessions will help you craft a better application:

Past Information Session(s):

  • September 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – General Information Session

Future Information Session(s):

  • October 1, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Business Model Canvas
  • October 8, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Essentials of a Business Plan
  • October 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – How to Pitch your Venture and the Application Process

For more information, please contact:
Misty House
NSF/S&T I-Corps Site Program Coordinator
107 IDE

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