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2021 Pitch Competition Update

The Second Annual UTSW Pitch Competition will be held virtually on November 2nd, 2021 from the new Pegasus Park facility. 

About the 2021 UT Southwestern Pitch Competition

The second annual UT Southwestern (UTSW) Pitch Competition will take place on November 2nd at Pegasus Park. The call for submission closed on August 30th and we are pleased to report nearly 30 proposals were accepted for first round review. This is more than double the amount we received last year!


A committee of UTSW reviewers consisting of PhDs and MDs have narrowed the field of submissions through a multi-round process to achieve five finalists. The review committee evaluated each submission based on novelty, therapeutic potential, and path to proof-of-concept in a venture-backed startup.


This year’s judging panel includes entrepreneurs, biotech investors (Angels/VCs), and pharma scouts. Winners of the competition will be announced as part of a joint UT Southwestern/University of Texas at Dallas awards ceremony on November 9th. A total of $100,000 in funding prize money is available for UT Southwestern winners and will be divided among first and second places.

UT Southwestern Pitch Competition Finalists:

Ganesh Raj
Professor of Urology and Pharmacology Paul Peters Chair in Urology
Co-leader Experimental therapeutics

Jared Ostmeyer PhD, Assistant Professor
Department: Population & Data Sciences

Jacques Lux, Assistant Professor
Department: Radiology

Elisabeth D. Martinez, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacology

Xun Jia, Professor and Associate Vice Chair of Medical Physics Research
Department: Radiation Oncology

Tune in to watch live here at 3 p.m.!

3:00 PM – UT Southwestern Pitches (5 contestants – will be called one at a time to the room)
• 5 minutes pitch, 10 minutes Q&A

Followed by UT Dallas Research Track Pitch Presentations
4:15 PM – UTD Pitches (3 contestants)
• 5 minutes pitch, 5 minutes Q&A

5:15 PM – Event Ends

Questions?

Contact Business Development via businessdevelopment@utsouthwestern.edu with questions about the competition.