Behind every great pitch – is a woman.

On Nov. 16, JHTV will host Pitch It On!, a virtual pitch competition featuring Johns Hopkins women inventors seeking funding to support their innovation’s development. Three female-led innovations will be selected from a pool of applicants to present their pitches online to a panel of entrepreneurs for live feedback. The event culminates with the audience voting for the most compelling pitch which will be awarded $10,000.


Female faculty and professional researchers (including postdocs) with an active Johns Hopkins appointment as well as female Ph.D. students from any department or school.

Application and Review Process

All applications will be reviewed by an internal committee. Evaluation of proposals will be on the basis of innovation and scientific merit, prospective market impact, technical feasibility, and commercialization potential. The three finalists will be notified mid-October and will prepare a five slide, five-minute pitch presentation to be delivered online on in November 16, 2023 at noon. A slide template will be provided, and JHTV staff are available to rehearse.

The Pitch Event

Three female innovators will each present their work via a five-slide, five-minute “pitch.” Pitches will (1) establish a compelling opportunity or unmet need, (2) propose a solution, and (3) describe the basics of a business model to bring that invention to the market. After each pitch, a panel of entrepreneurs and business mentors will offer feedback to each presenter. At the conclusion of the event, the audience will vote on the most compelling pitch. The winner of $10,000 will be announced before the conclusion of the event.


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Have you reported your work to JHTV?*
What problem are you trying to solve? How significant is the unmet need? (200 words maximum)
What is your solution, and what product will result? How significant is your solution? Who is the intended customer and what value will the solution bring to them? (200 words maximum)
Please tell us about the technology’s stage of development. How much funding this project has received and describe how you would use $10K to advance this project; i.e. experiments, consultants? Describe how you see this being licensed and name any commercial partners you would target. (200 words maximum)
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