THE CLIMB | Collegiate Pitch Night
Submission Deadline04/10/2017

THE CLIMB | Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition is a business development event for collegiate startups. Established by the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Colorado Denver, THE CLIMB is a multi-stage competition that helps entrepreneurs transform concepts into viable businesses through mentorship, education, financial support and real-world business exchanges. With more than 500 mentor hours shared and $1 million awarded to date, this competition is one of the largest in the rocky mountain region.

Spring 2017 Event Dates:

  • Online Submissions Open March 20th
  • Startup Workshop April 6th (RSVP:
  • Online Submissions Close April 10th
  • Pitch Night Teams Announced April 18th 
  • Collegiate Pitch Night April 27th (RSVP:

The Spring 2017 Pitch Night is open to collegiate teams in the Denver, Boulder, Golden areas. Teams must qualify based on the below:

  • Collegiate startup must be under 2 years old
  • Startups cannot have any other VC or angel funds accepted before application deadline
  • One team member must be a current students at a Denver, Boulder, Golden college or university
  • Teams selected for Pitch Night are required to have at least one team member present on April 27th

Submission/Entry Requriements

  • Complete online application
  • Include a 60-120 second pitch video
  • Include a 3 page executive summary

Frequent Asked Questoins:

  • Does my video have to be professional production quality? - NO. Videos can be animated, recorded from computer cameras, records from smartphones, etc. Do not worry about the production quality of your video as much as your pitch clarity and creativity.
  • Can I change my entry after submitting my application? - YES. Applications may be edited and changed as many times as needed up to the application close.
  • How many team members have to qualify? - ONLY ONE team member must qualify under the collegiate terms. The business must qualify under all other terms.
  • Is there an entry fee? - NO
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