South Side Pitch showcases some of the South Side’s most innovative ideas before a live audience. In 2019, more than 100 businesses applied to South Side Pitch. This year, on October 10th, our contestants will once again pitch their businesses to a panel of expert judges, who will provide feedback to help both the contestants and the audience learn about the elements of a winning pitch.

We’ll compile scores based on judge evaluations and audience votes, and the winner(s) will receive a prize package. We provide an open bar and fast spread from local South Side businesses for all the attendees to enjoy! This will be a great opportunity to network and build connections! At around 8:30 PM we will announce the winner!

South Side Pitch is hosted by the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement.

Event Details:

South Side Pitch 2019
Thursday, October 10, 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
1452 East 53rd Street, 2nd Floor
Register to attend South Side 2019

Last Year’s Judges: Alyssa Berman Cutler, Director of Community Economic Development Initiatives, University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement || Charisse Conanan Johnson, Partner, Next Street || Beth Kregor, Director, IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship || Jimmy Odom, Director of Inclusive Entrepreneurship, ChicagoNEXT

Last Year’s Finalists:

Kozy – A retention and savings platform for landlords and renters alike
Liv Labs – Exercise incontinence solution for women of all ages
Ricafrica – Online marketplace for authentic African goods
The Bougie Melon – 100% Fresh-made, fun sips & sweets for fruit-loving foodies
The Real Black Card – Advertising and couponing tool to market small businesses in underdeveloped communities

Members of the media: if you are interested in hearing more about South Side Pitch, please contact Erik Castelan at ecastelan@ij.org.

How do I apply to be a contestant?
Applications to apply for South Side Pitch 2019 are now closed. If you’d like to attend the vent, you can register here.

Questions? Email ijsouthsidepitch@gmail.com or call 773-834-3129