Congratulations to our 2016 South Side Pitch Winners!

1st Place – Excuse Me Officer

2nd Place – Oooh Wee! Sweet Tea

3rd Place – Justice of the Pies


South Side Pitch is a celebration of innovation happening south of Chicago’s skyline. This year, nearly 170 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
Thursday, October 6, 6:00-8:30
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
1452 East 53rd Street, 2nd Floor

Application Timeline:

August 19: Applications for South Side Pitch were due
September 2: Semi-finalists will be contacted on or before this date
September 9: Videos due from semi-finalists
September 23: Finalists announced
October 6: South Side Pitch

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?

Unfortunately, applications for South Side Pitch 2016 are now closed. All applications were due on August 19. If you didn’t have a chance to apply this year, we encourage you to apply next year!

On September 2, 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 9. On September 23, we’ll announce our 5 finalists who will prepare a pitch and compete at our October 6 event.

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

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