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Ed Tech Start-up Pitch Fest at ISTE 2016



ISTE is proud to announce the 4th Annual Ed Tech Start-Up Pitch Fest at ISTE 2016 in Denver, CO.


ISTE is partnering with Edmix to organize and manage the Pitch Fest. Edmix is a London-based organization that connects stakeholders in education and learning technology to help educators build links into the digital industry, develop student understanding, raise student digital aspirations and develop attainment through technology.



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Pitch Fest Schedule and format


Preliminary rounds: TIP Pavilion, Exhibit Hall, Booth #3869

Monday, June 27, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Monday, June 27, 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.


In each round, six participating companies will have five minutes to present, then two to three minutes to answer questions from the judges. Of the six companies presenting in each round, two will be selected to go on to the Pitch Fest final!


Final round: TIP Pavilion, Exhibit Hall, Booth #3869

Tuesday, June 28, 10:45 a.m. to 12: 15p.m.


Each of the four companies in the final round will have five minutes to present and two to three minutes to answer questions from the judges.


Judges at the preliminary rounds and final round


A different panel of judges will be seated for each round, including the final round. Judges are selected from a broad range of backgrounds in education, education technology, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Judges' feedback will be limited to questions asked of the participants and any comments made after each presentation.


Audience participation


Each round will include audience voting. The audience vote will count for 30 percent and the judges' votes will count for 70 percent of the final score that determines which of the original six companies from each round will advance to the finals and then which ones will be declared the final winners.


Competition categories


Two winners will be selected from the finalists: Most Likely to Succeed and Most Innovative. A prize package will be awarded to each of the winners.


Who can apply for Pitch Fest?


All ideas and start-up businesses are welcome to submit an application for participation in the Pitch Fest, whether your idea is at the concept stage, it's in pilot or your company is already in the early stages of start-up. We welcome all innovations, from anywhere in the United States or around the world, and every submission has the same chance.


How will the Pitch Fest participants be selected?


All submissions will be reviewed by a panel including representatives from ISTE, Edmix and other organizations selected by ISTE that are involved in education and the ed tech marketplace. The panel will select 12 companies to be invited to participate in the Pitch Fest preliminary rounds.


Important dates


Application submission deadline: Friday, May 13, 2016

You have until Friday, April 29, to create and upload a short application detailing your business idea. Try to get your submission in as early as possible - don't join the last-minute rush of entries. Submissions after the deadline will not be considered.


Notification of selection: No later than Friday, May 27, 2016

If your idea is selected, congratulations! You will assigned to a preliminary round. Edmix will contact you to let you know in which of the two preliminary sessions you will be presenting.


Please note: All travel and related expenses for participation in the Pitch Fest are the responsibility of the participating companies. Companies selected for the pitch fest will receive up to three complimentary exhibits-only passes for Monday and Tuesday.


Submit your application


Download a blank application.

Use this fillable form to prepare your application - CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


Once you've created your submission, please send it as a Word document to


(You'll receive an email confirmation upon receipt).


Your intellectual property


There may be concerns about intellectual property rights involved in competitions of this type. ISTE is not in a position to protect or advise you on your intellectual property rights. ISTE cannot and does not take any responsibility for protecting your rights.


Please note that ISTE does not require non-disclosure or confidentiality requirements from anyone involved in the Pitch Fest process. You, the applicant, are solely responsible for protecting your intellectual property rights in your application or participation.


27th June 2016