About Get Seeded
Get Seeded is a new initiative at UConn that was developed to give students the opportunity help move their ideas forward by providing them with seed funding and mentorship. Since the program launched in 2018, 5 pitch events were hosted, 38 teams pitched, and the program funded 23 ventures a total of $15,000. Students and teams will submit a short application to be considered to pitch. We also hope that students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation will attend the public pitches to help inspire them to create ideas of their own. This program is sponsored by the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the Werth Institute, School of Engineering, School of Nursing, School of Business, Management Department, Innovation Quest (IQ), UConn Libraries, First Year Programs, Learning Communities, Academic Achievement Center, Learning Community Innovation Zone and Graduate Business Programs.
Do you want to participate?
If you have a business idea? Follow the steps below. If you don't have a business idea yet, that's okay! You can still attend any of our Get Seeded Pitch Nights to help vote on the winning teams!
Step 1: Apply to Get Seeded
Submit a short application to Get Seeded. Teams will be notified if they have been selected to pitch along with more information about the pitch process. If you are not selected to pitch, the panel of peer judges will provide teams with feedback on how to make their application better for the next round. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and teams can apply for any of the pitch dates at any time (prior to the application closing on the deadline). Applications are now open for the 2019-2020 Get Seeded Pitch nights!
2019-2020 Get Seeded Application deadlines:
|Date of Pitch Night||Application Deadline*|
|Oct. 8th||Oct. 2nd 11:59 p.m.|
|Nov. 5th||Oct. 30th 11:59 p.m.|
|Nov. 18th||Nov. 12th 11:59 p.m.|
|Feb. 4th||Jan. 29th 11:59 p.m.|
|March 3rd||Feb. 26th 11:59 p.m.|
|March 10th||March 4th 11:59 p.m.|
*Applications received after the deadline will be rolled to the next pitch date.
Step 2: Attend the Get Seeded Pitch Event
Teams will be selected to pitch at one of the 2019-2020 Pitch dates
The pitch events are open to the public. Please invite your friends to attend! If your team is not selected to pitch we welcome you to attend to get an idea of the types of ideas that were selected. This will help with future applications that your team submits.
Each team will have 5 minutes to pitch their idea with 3 minutes of Q&A from the audience. Teams will be provided with a list of suggested areas they will want to cover in their pitch.
The audience along with a panel of peers will select the teams that will receive funding. The more friends you have in the audience, the better chance you have at winning!
Step 3: Receive funding for your idea
Teams will receive up to $1,000 per pitch session that they are invited to. We will work with your team to help you with the best course of action for using your funding. We have certain restrictions, although there are circumstances where there will be exceptions to the funding stipulations below.
Funding cannot be used for
- Any travel not affiliated with customer research or discovery
- The purchase, rent, and renovation of office/business space
- Equipment that is not the core of the business (e.g., cell phones, laptops, etc.)
- Cost of inventory not directly related to marketing or prototyping
Director, Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation