The PCV Ideathon is an annual student climate tech pitch competition hosted by Penn Climate Ventures at the University of Pennsylvania. The PCV Ideathon will open on 9/9 and run until 10/26. Competitors will pitch a business plan to address a climate issue. Competitors will receive access to mentorship opportunities with experienced investors and operators in the space. The contest will be open and accessible to Penn students of all backgrounds — those without experience in climate entrepreneurship will have the opportunity to work with mentors to develop ideas to tackle challenges in climate space.
Challenge prompts will be provided to competitors to guide their project development. The top pitches will be awarded cash prizes in the intent of further developing their platforms.
2 pitches may be offered a chance to directly compete in the finalist round of the spring PCV Prize along with additional funding and mentorship support from the PCV team.
All submissions are due October 26, 2021 at 4:00 AM ET. Once you feel ready, submit your team's deck and presentation here.
(We encourage teams to plan to submit early, in case of technical difficulties! The PCV team will not be available to help troubleshoot submissions after 8 PM on the 25th!)
Submissions need to be in response to a challenge prompt. Find this year’s challenge prompts here.
Submission requirements are as follows:
A completed submission form where you will be asked the following questions:
We encourage submissions to:
Each pitch submission will be judged by a minimum team of 3 judges.
All submissions will be reviewed and scored using the rubric. (We have a method for normalizing scores 🙂) Top teams based on rubric scores will enter final rounds of judge deliberations. Top 5 teams will be selected and awarded cash prizes. Two out of the 5 teams will have the chance to pursue the Continued Engagement Fund, a $1000 fund to cover materials costs for future development. These two teams will have the chance to compete directly in the Final Round of the PCV Prize in the spring.
The closing ceremony which will take place on October 29th, 2021 at the ARCH building in room 208. Winning teams will be announced at the ceremony. Please email our organizing team for extenuating circumstances under which your team will not be able to attend!
Winning teams will be contacted directly to coordinate logistics for prize distribution.
Teams may be disqualified on the basis of: