5 LAKES Pitch is an opportunity for emerging startups from the Great Lakes to pitch key executives and leaders attending Summerfest Tech and secure some of the $10,000 in equity-free seed funding and in-kind services from sponsors.

Every startup that applies to pitch at Summerfest Tech will receive complimentary tickets to Summerfest Tech and to Summerfest.

Call for Startups

We are looking for startups that have raised less than $250,000 in funding or generated less than $500,000 in revenue to pitch a panel of judges and the Summerfest Tech audience of C-level executives, entrepreneurs and investors. The startups should operate in one of these areas:

  • Future of Work technologies that are enabling individuals and companies to work more effectively and efficiently.

  • Health technology that improves patient care and quality of life.

  • Mobility solutions that enable us to move faster, smarter and better.

  • EnviroTech that ensures we are leveraging energy, water and agricultural resources in a sustainable fashion.

  • Advanced Manufacturing technologies that propel the Great Lakes’ economy forward.

Note: Startups in the Biotech, Food & Beverage, Consumer Products
are not eligible to participate in this edition of 5 LAKES Pitch.

Program Timeline

  • May 28 - Applications Open

  • June 16 - Application Deadline @ 11:59pm

  • June 18 - Startups advancing to preliminary round are notified

  • June 25 - 10 preliminary round startups pitch

  • June 26 - 4 finalists pitch @ Summerfest Tech

Prizes

5 LAKES Pitch winners will receive equity-free cash grants from Summerfest Tech. The prizes which will be awarded on June 26th are as follows:

  • 1st Place: $7,500 + in-kind services

  • 2nd Place: $1,500

  • 3rd & 4th Place: $500 (each)