Pillar VC Pitch Competition

All prizes are grants (dilution-free). Winners will receive coaching and mentorship from experienced biotech founders.

Entries due by end of day October 1st



First prize will be awarded to the most compelling team working on breakthrough science with the potential for significant impact.



Two second place prizes will be awarded to promising teams as they emerge into the biotech ecosystem.



Two third place prizes will be awarded to two teams that are onto something exciting at the intersection of bio and tech.



Four audience choice awards will be chosen by you during the live event.

Notable dates:
Oct. 1st — Initial entries due by 11:59 pm ET
Oct. 15th — Finalists notified
Nov. 4th — Finalists present their pitches at Summit


What is a pitch competition?

The Pillar VC Pitch Competition invites biotech founders attacking the world’s largest problems at the frontier of biology and engineering to submit an idea for the chance to win mentorship and non-dilutive grants totaling $200K. 

Who should apply?

Whether you’re just beginning to think about turning your research into a company or are actively building a new biotech startup, we invite you to apply.

How do I apply?

You can apply online here. The deadline for applications is October 1st. Not ready to apply? Sign up for updates to be reminded of deadlines.

What's required to apply?

Share background about idea, your team, and a < 2 minute introduction video. You can apply online here. The deadline for applications is October 1st.

How many finalists are selected?

10 finalists will be selected and notified on October 15th. All finalists will receive a 30-minute coaching session and 1 hour of pitch deck feedback.

How are winners chosen?

A panel of experienced CEOs, VCs, and biotech leaders will select a first, second, and third prize. Then we’ll tap the power of the crowd to award an audience choice award.

When are winners announced?

Each finalist will present their idea live at the Summit on November 4th between 12 – 1:00 PM ET. Winners will be announced at the end of the event.


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