WiSys Quick Pitch @ UW-La Crosse

The Fall 2021 WiSys Quick Pitch competition is open to all students in all academic disciplines!

Students can showcase their creative and innovative spirit by presenting their research findings and/or original ideas through a short "quick pitch" to a panel of judges. There will be cash prizes for the winning pitches.


Important Fall 2021 dates:

Thu, Oct 21 - Presenter registration deadline

Thu, Oct 28 - Required presenter training; 5 pm - 7 pm.

Thu, Nov 11 - WiSys Quick Pitch @UW-La Crosse in 3314 Union; 4 pm - 6 pm

Who can participate? expanding section

All UWL students, undergraduate and graduate, from all academic disciplines are able to enter the competition. Note: students must be available for the mandatory training session which will be held about two weeks prior to the competition.

All UWL faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend the competition on November 11, 2021 in 3314 Union.

What is the competition? expanding section

Students will have three minutes to present their research findings and/or original ideas through a short "quick pitch" to a panel of judges.

Presenters should consider and explain the impact of their research or innovative ideas and explain how their ideas could benefit the local economy (e.g., development of a new product, technology, or service) and/or society (e.g. changes in public policy and/or benefits to the environment.

What are the prizes? expanding section

Cash prizes will be offered to the winning presentation from each campus.

Winners can go on to present at the statewide competition at WSTS in summer 2021, where there will be a cash prize as well.

What will students learn by participating? expanding section

In general, students will learn communication and presentation skills. Specifically, students will learn key skills, including how to present their ideas:

  • in understandable language in less than 3 minutes
  • in ways that convey the relevance of their work to society
  • using non-confidential terms
  • without disclosing patentable or proprietary ideas.


When and where is the competition? expanding section

For the 2021-2022 academic year, UWL's 4th annual competition will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021 in 3314 Union, hosted by URC and WiSys. The event will begin at 4:00 pm.

Do I need to register if I just want to attend? expanding section

No registration is required for anyone wanting to attend WiSys Quick Pitch @ UW-La Crosse. Registration is only required for UWL students wanting to compete. 

NOTE: This may change as WiSys will be hosting this event online. Please check back closer to the event date for details.

Who can I contact for more information? expanding section

Tony Hanson, WiSys Regional and Licensing Associate, can provide additional information about Quick Pitch. You can reach him via email at thanson@wisys.org.