Novus Club’s third annual Pitch Day will bring together over 200 high school entrepreneurs to pitch their startups to model investors and learn from industry practitioners.

Pitch Day 2021

Since 2018, Novus has partnered with companies around Chicago to provide high school students with opportunities to pitch their startups to industry practitioners, in competition for a seed investment prize. Heeding guidance from public health officials, Novus will host Pitch Day 2021 keynotes, workshops, and pitches remotely, using video conferencing software.

At Pitch Day 2021, Novus will be awarding up to $1,000 in micro-investments to top performers in the competition. All participants will receive documentation certifying their participation in Novus Pitch Day 2021. Visit novusclub.org/pitch to learn more about competing at Pitch Day.


Links can be found in the portal or on the schedule below:


Opening Remarks by Novus


Keynote Speaker – J Schwan (Kin + Carta)


Workshop Session – Joe Rago (Ulta Beauty) 


Pitch Presentation
(available in the portal, 5 min before your pitch is scheduled)


Workshop Session – Peter Hostrawser (Educator)


Closing Remarks & Awards Ceremony

Pitch Day 2020

In 2020, Novus Club brought over 100 talented high school entrepreneurs together virtually to pitch their startups to local industry practitioners for a micro seed investment prize. Students who attended Pitch Day experienced an amazing opportunity to learn, create, and grow.

Competition Guidelines

Written Entry
Participants are required to submit each section of the lean business plan and documentation of their minimum viable product. Each section of the written entry is limited to 250 words and no form of media (e.g. image, video) are allowed. The deadline for submission is
 April 03, 2021 at 11:59PM CST – submissions after this deadline will be automatically docked 10 points, for each day that they are late.

  • The written entry submission deadline is April 03, 2021 at 11:59PM CST
  • Written entries must be submitted through portal.novusclub.org
Written Entry (50%)Pitch (50%)Team
Max 2,500 Words10 Minutes1-5 Students

In addition to their written entry, participants are required to deliver a pitch, over video conferencing software, at Novus Pitch Day on April 23, 2021. The pitch must be no longer than 10 minutes and participants must be prepared for 5 minutes of Q&A following their pitch. Participants who have submitted their written entry will receive invitations to video conference rooms, for pitches, by April 16, 2021.

  • Pitches will take place using video conferencing software, on April 23, 2021
  • Participants will receive video conference invites by April 16, 2021
  • Participants will have 10 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes to answer question

Participants are permitted to compete within groups of 1-5 students. Within groups, students should designate one team member to submit their written entry online.


Ready to compete? Register on the Novus Club Portal
Questions? Email compete@novusclub.org or DM @novusclub

Frequently Asked Questions

Students who are currently enrolled in high school can register for an account on the Novus Club Portal and submit an application to compete at Pitch Day.

Students who are accepted into the competition will be given access to separate Zoom sessions for a keynote, workshops of their preference, and an individual pitch room.

Competition information, including guidelines, rubrics, and submission deadlines can be found here.