Early stage tech, SaaS and device startups with under $1M USD in funding are eligible to enter. Companies must be incorporated. Startups in all industries are eligible to enter, excluding the following: arms, tobacco, cannabis, adult entertainment. Founders must be 18 years of age or older at time of application. Startups must be based in Northeast Ohio, and they are required to have a working prototype to enter. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.


The Contest entry period begins at 12:00am EST on Tuesday, August 10 and ends at 11:59pm EST on September 24, 2021 (the "Contest Period"). The three finalists will be notified by email no later than 11:59 pm EST on September 27, 2021. The Finalists will pitch live on September 29, 2021. Winner will be selected based on criteria that can be found here, by a panel of judges.


During the Contest Period, fill out the form for the Pitch Night here: (the “Contest Webpage”) with all requested information including strategy, pitch deck, and brief pitch video (an “Entry”). Limit One (1) Entry per person, per company, and per e-mail address during the Contest Period, regardless of whether a person has more than one address or more than one person uses the same address.


Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges, and the three finalists will be notified via email no later than 11:59 pm EST on September 27, 2021. Finalists will be required to present their pitch live at the Tech Throwdown on Sep 29, 2021.

The Contest winner (“Winner”) will be selected live at the pitch competition based on criteria that can be found here, by a panel of judges whose decisions on all matters relating to the Contest shall be final.  In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Insivia may, in its sole discretion, award the applicable prize to an alternate winner selected by the panel of judges.


No more than three finalists will be selected from all applicants. One (1) Winner will be determined on September 29, 2021, live at the pitch competition.  

Overall odds of winning depend on the number of entries received during the Contest Period. No prize substitution or cash equivalent of prize. No prize transfer. In addition to the Contest prizes, the Winner may receive discounts, coupons, or other offers (“Third Party Offers”) from Insivia partners, e.g., $150 off partner services. All Third Party Offers are between the recipient and the company/ies making the offer(s). Insivia will not be responsible for any Third Party Offers.


Insivia reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest (or portion thereof).  Insivia also reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify the Entry of any individual. All federal, state and local taxes on prize and any expenses not specified herein are the sole responsibility of Winner. Should a dispute arise regarding the identity of the claimant, Insivia reserves the sole right to determine the eligible party. BY ENTERING, EACH ENTRANT WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO BRING (AND COVENANTS NOT TO BRING) ANY CLAIM AGAINST Insivia OR ANY OTHERS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CONTEST. ENTRANTS FURTHER AGREE TO RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS Insivia FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY ARISING FROM THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST, OR Insivia’S USE OF ANY ENTRY INFORMATION. Any disputes that may arise hereunder shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the State of Ohio without regard to the conflicts of laws principles of any jurisdiction. Venue with respect to any such disputes shall be had in the state and federal courts of the State of Ohio.


As a condition of entry into the Contest, except where prohibited by law, each entrant and each Winner by accepting a prize grants to Insivia, all right, title and interest in to publicize, broadcast, display and/or otherwise use the Contest entrant’s name, city, state, and biographical material, as well as their company’s name, logo, company description, and photos and content from the pitch competition (collectively, “Licensed Rights”) in any media for advertising and publicity purposes, without additional review, compensation, or approval of the winner. If Winner does not respond to notification, or is not present when prize delivery is attempted, such prize will be forfeited. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding in all respects.