Chicago iNventors Organization – 2018 Inventor “R U READY TO DEAL” PITCH Contest

Calling all Chicagoland inventors!  The Chicago Inventor Organization’s “R U Ready to Deal” Pitch Contest” is open to the General Public and will allow twenty (20) randomly picked inventors to pitch their idea (2 minute limit) to Innovation & Buyer Expert Judges.  Contest Judge Carrie Jeske of Will it Launch, As Seen On TV will offer the winning “Contestant” a chance to launch their idea from concept to reality with this prize package.  The package includes a national TV market viability test, which includes a 120-second TV commercial for the winning product – a $50,000 value!!  If the market test is successful, Will It Launch will cover 100% of the expenses of manufacturing, marketing, and distribution to major retailers, and the winner will receive a royalty on sales under a license agreement.  Judges for the Contest will be composed of nationally recognized innovators.  The Pitch Experts decisions are to their discretion and their decisions will be final.

The deadline to register to enter is Friday, September 28, 2018 (Midnight). The competition will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, October 6, at the Illinois Institute of Technology Hermann Hall. Admission to the Conference and Pitch Contest is only $20.00.

The Chicago Inventors Organization Pitch Competition aims to bring together future or current inventor entrepreneurs and small business owners to provide educational, informational, and networking opportunities. The event provides students and entrepreneurs the opportunity to present ideas to professionals, small business owners and potential investors. It also gives students the chance to network with business professionals and gain presentation experience.

Candidates must have a quality representation (prototype) of their invention (NO VIDEOS or 3D ANIMATIONS) proving that your invention works. All entries must be the original idea and work product of the participant and should have a patent (or patent pending status), copyright and/or trademark.

Entries may not contain hazardous materials such as explosive, combustible, or incendiary materials, blades or dangerous projectiles. Electrical power will not be available. Batteries may be used in a normal fashion. CIO reserves the right to reject any prototype deemed hazardous, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate in its judgment, and to prohibit challenge participation of the owners of said prototype.