Business Incubator

Pitch & Pour has returned

Join us on Thursday, November 17th, for an evening of food, drinks, and networking, as we resume Toledo's favorite startup pitch competition.

The University of Toledo Business Incubator welcomes regional startups and inventors as they submit their technologies to a rigorous selection process examining concept novelty, development stage, and potential for success. From dozens of applications, only five of northwest Ohio's greatest tech startups have the opportunity to compete for more than $17,000 in funding and prizes.

Attendees watch contestants present their best 5-minute pitch to our judging panel of experienced investors and business leaders. Once the last contestant is finished, the judges evaluate competitors and select the winning projects.

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2019 Highlight Reel 


  • 5:00 - Registration, Food, Drinks, and Networking
  • 6:00 - Introduction
  • 6:15 - Contestant Pitches 
  • 7:30 - Notes and Feedback from Judges 
  • 8:00 -  Award Presentation
  • 8:30 - Closing Remarks

*Attendees 21 and older will be given a wristband. Please bring a valid form of ID to verify your age. The name on your ticket must match the name on your ID. 

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.

Judging Criteria

  •  Idea Viability
  • Pitch Clarity - clearly stating the problem/pain being solved
  • Presentation Aesthetic
  • Leadership Team & Background
  • Product Market Fit

2019 Winners

First Place - Pelham Precious Metals

Disruptive antimicrobial, anti-odor, anti-infective, and anti-HAI (healthcare-associated infection) coating for textiles. The coating adds protection to fabrics without interfering with the functionality of underlying coatings, such as fire retardants, wicking layers, water repellents, and fabric softeners.

Second Place - cHorizon by CCTRONIC

3-tier system that measures, controls and extracts nutrients from the farm's water run-off before it makes its way to Lake Erie. They help farmers monitor and manage soil and water resources to ensure the supply of clean water, improve soil health, build regenerative practices, and maximize profit within agricultural and hothouse industries.

Third Place - Bite-R by Artic Bites

Speech therapy device designed to help children produce the “r” sound. This tool has been shown to reduce the time spent in speech therapy - saving schools money and improving children’s lives. 

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Last Updated: 9/23/22