South Side Pitch is a celebration of innovation happening south of Chicago’s skyline. In 2017, more than 180 south side business owners applied to pitch their ideas at South Side Pitch.  South Side Pitch is hosted by the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School.

Event Details:

South Side Pitch 2018
Thursday, October 11, 6:00-8:30
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
1452 East 53rd Street, 2nd Floor

*Registration to attend South Side Pitch opens in late summer, 2018*

Members of the media: if you are interested in hearing more about South Side Pitch, please contact Stacy Massey at

How do I apply to be a contestant?

Click here to apply for South Side Pitch 2018! Applications are open July 9 – August 22

On Monday, September 3, we will announce the South Side Pitch semi-finalists. If you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will be asked to submit a 20-30 second video about your business idea by September 12. On September 21, we’ll announce our 5 finalists who will prepare a pitch and compete at our October 11 event. All finalists are *required* to participate in pitch coaching sessions on Saturday, September 29 and Saturday, October 6. Should you choose to apply, please mark your calendar for these days.

Finalists will have the opportunity to perform a 3-minute pitch before our panel of judges and a live audience including investors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. The winners will receive a cash prize.

Questions? Email or call 773-834-3129