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WiSys Quick Pitch @ Home – popular competition goes virtual

MADISON—WiSys’ popular research-focused pitch competition will continue online as WiSys Quick Pitch @ Home.

Students from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Platteville, UW-Parkside, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout and UW-Green Bay, who could not compete in local campus events because of the coronavirus crisis, are invited to participate virtually until May 1.

Each year, WiSys hosts the elevator-style pitch events at UW System campuses to inspire students to consider the impact of their research. Participants have three minutes to impress a panel of judges with their research and their ability to articulate its larger importance to society.

“Despite the impact the coronavirus crisis has on our ability to hold live events, we want students from all our schools to benefit from the WiSys Quick Pitch program,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. “With daily briefings all over the country to inform the public about Covid-19, the ability for researchers to effectively communicate their work is more needed than ever.”

Through WiSys Quick Pitch @ Home, students will go through virtual training, receive feedback and record a three-minute competition video that will be judged alongside their university peers.

Top presenters from each university will receive cash prizes and advance to the WiSys Quick Pitch State Final, which may also be done virtually later this summer. You can learn more about the competition at

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.