A two minute pitch

IdeaStorms are entry level pitch competitions across the University of Iowa’s campus that encourage students to share their innovative ideas with others, all while familiarizing themselves with the pitching process. They encourage students to come and share their new, never heard before ideas without the requirements of a business plan or proposal and provide a collaborative environment where students can get feedback and resources on how to make their ideas into a reality. 

Does your idea solve a problem in a unique way? At IdeaStorm, all UI students are invited to share their business idea in two minutes or less with a panel of judges and an audience. The top five ideas at each competition will be awarded cash prizes to help take their idea to the next level. IdeaStorm awards $1,500 in cash prizes at each competition with top place winning $500 for their idea.

IdeaStorm Week

October 1 - 4, 2018

Apply by
September 24, 2018

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New This Year

For the upcoming school year, Iowa JPEC will be hosting four different IdeaStorms all based around different types of business ideas and industries. 

October 1st, Health Initiatives: Creating a better well-being through healthcare innovation

  • Health Initiatives focuses on new solutions to healthcare problems. The range is wide, and will focus on all aspects of healthcare, including mental health, dentistry, pharmacy, patient experiences, health outcomes, medical devices, public health and more.

October 2nd, Common Good: Inspiring change through social and sustainable ideas to benefit the common good.

  • Common Good focuses on eco friendliness, sustainability, social justice, crisis management, natural disaster solutions, and much more.

October 3rd, Creative Matters: Innovation through art, design, history, music and literature

  • Creative Matters focuses on sharing new ideas within the world of art. Ideas may focus on a variety of creative mediums including, but not limited to: fine arts, fashion, design, music, history, literature and more.

    October 4th, Consumer Solutions: Exploring Solutions to everyday problems through new products or services.

    • Products and Services focuses on innovative solutions to everyday problems. The range for this competition is wide, and covers food products, household goods, living essentials, travel, technology and much more.


    • Familiarize yourself with the process of a pitch competition
    • Network with students from across campus
    • Win up to $500 to help bring your idea to life
    • Get connected with the Founders Club and our student business programs


    • Must be a University of Iowa student
    • Have an idea for a new business
    • Have not yet started working on this business - you should be in the beginning idea stage

    "I participated in the IdeaStorm competition on a bit of a whim, after hearing a professor talk about it. I wasn’t even entirely sure what Iowa JPEC was. Immediately after winning the competition, I learned all about Iowa JPEC’s resources for students interested in entrepreneurship, including the Founders Club (which I joined later) and other competitions. I really encourage people of creative and strategic mindsets alike to explore Iowa JPEC – it could be a game changer, and they’ll meet you at whatever stage of the process you’re at." - Isabel Reed, Founder of Comigo

    Next Steps

    Bet on yourself. The next IdeaStorm will take place in Fall 2018. 

    October 1st, 6:30 pm: Health Initiatives

    October 2nd, 5:30pm: Common Good

    October 3rd, 5:30pm: Creative Matters

    October 4th, 5:30pm: Consumer Solutions

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