Business Incubator

JOIN US IN 2020 


Enjoy an evening of drinks, snacks, networking, and watching five fledgling companies compete to win over $17,000 in prizes. We’ll have industry leaders, entrepreneurs and all the brightest minds in Toledo's tech scene. The event will be held at The University of Toledo’s Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex on October 24th at 5:30 p.m.  


Event Schedule

  • 5:30 – 6:00 – Doors Open – Networking, Food, Drink
  • 6:15-6:30 – Introduction and  Start of Pitches
  • 6:30 – 7:30 – Judges Comments
  • 7:30 – 8:00 – Judging 
  • 8:00 – 8:30 – Awards


  • 1ST PRIZE: $10,000
  • 2ND PRIZE: $5,000
  • 3RD PRIZE: $2,500
History of pitch & pour

We find five high-tech/high-growth, technology-enabled enterprises that demonstrate innovative business concepts with the potential to develop into successful companies. Each year’s attendees include the region’s top entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and area businesses.

Contestants give their best 5-minute pitch to the audience and a team of seasoned judges made up of entrepreneurs and business leaders. Several of the past winners have scaled into extremely successful businesses such as Grypmat, GAFFL, and ZidZid.

 Competitors are judged on the following criteria:

  1.  Idea Viability
  2. Pitch Clarity - clearly stating the problem/pain being solved
  3. Presentation Aesthetic
  4. Leadership Team & Background
  5. Product Market Fit
 Event Sponsors and Corporate Partners      third frontier
Guardian Medical Promedica Innovations  PSB  SB  alumni  ccc  ri
PTI engineering  EBW  b  fts sg  b 

Business Incubator is located in the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex (NTCC), as well as the Laboratory Incubation center (LIC) on the Health Science Campus.
NTCC: 1510 N. Westwood Ave, Toledo, Ohio 43606

LIC: 975 Research Dr, Toledo, OH 43614

Last Updated: 2/18/22