8th Annual Pitch Battle & Summer Launch Party

Jul 30, 11:00 PM – Jul 31, 2:00 AM

mHUB, 965 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, 60642

Join us for the biggest party of the summer and the most unique pitch competition ever held! All startups who have launched, planning to launch, probably should launch, dream of launching, contemplating to launch, have friends who launched, wondering if they should launch, or wish they actually had a startup to launch are invited to THE 8th Annual Summer Launch Party & Pitch Battle.

In-person event
PartyPitch Battle

About this event

It's baaaaack! Startup Grind Chicago is proud to bring you the 8th annual Summer Launch Party, featuring THE most unique pitch competition you've ever seen.

This year we're partnering with Startup World Cup as an official World Cup Regional and raising the stakes of our pitch battle.

It's a night of great community vibes, great times, and the world's greatest pitch competition.

Here's how the pitch competition works:

  • We're selecting up to 8 startups to pitch on stage.
  • Everyone who attends gets a handful of fake money at the door.
  • Each startup gets 3 minutes to pitch with NO slides, followed by 2 minutes of Q&A from our judges panel.
  • After all the startups have pitched, the founders have 10 minutes to go into the crowd and try to secure YOUR 'investment'! You decide how you'd like to dole out your fake money. Whoever has 'raised' the most money after the 10-minute scramble is declared the winner!
  • The winning startup wins entry into the Startup World Cup Final* on October 4th in Silicon Valley for a shot at a $1 million investment! Plus, global media coverage and other great prizes too.


Who: Founders, Co-founders, Team Members & Startup Enthusiasts

What: 8th Annual SG Chicago Summer Launch Party

Where: Location TBD

When: Tuesday, July 30th, 6-9:00 pm CDT

How: Apply to pitch here (Please read application for eligibility details)

Learn more about Startup World Cup at https://startupworldcup.iostartupworldcup.io


  • Hylton Irons

    Listen Ventures




July 30 – 31, 2024
11:00 PM – 2:00 AM UTC


Doors Open & Community Networking
Welcome from Startup Grind & Startup World Cup
Pitch Battle
The Scramble
Count the Money!
Winner Declared & After-Party


  • Rajiv Nathan

    Startup Hypeman



  • Rajiv Nathan


  • Sid Khaitan

    Chapter Coordinator

Global sponsor

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Dell Technologies


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Startup World Cup

System Seltzers logo

System Seltzers

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Startup Hypeman

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