Moonshot Pitch Competition FAQ's

Below you will find guidance on the new Moonshot Pitch Competition, and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the competition. If you have any additional questions – please reach out to Emily at

Who is eligible to participate in the competition?

Any undergraduate or graduate Purdue student from any college/department is eligible to participate.

When is the submission period?

Submissions are accepted beginning September 15 at 12:00am EST and the deadline to submit is September 22 at 11:59pm EST. The submission form will close on the 22nd at 11:59pm and no late submissions will be accepted.

What do I have to submit?

You will need to submit your team info, including team lead name and Purdue e-mail, team member names/e-mails, the name of your idea and a link to a 90 sec to 2 minute video of you describing your idea.

How do I submit?

Please submit your team information and video link via this submission form.

What format should my video be in?

You will need to paste a link to your video in the submission form. Your video should be hosted on a platform such as YouTube or Vimeo – please be sure to make the video public/unlisted and NOT private. If the video is set to private viewing only, our judges will not be able to access and your submission will not be accepted.

What should my video include?

Your video submission should describe the problem you are solving, for whom you are solving the problem (the target customer market), and how your idea solves that problem. You do not need to have every technical aspect of the product/technology figured out – nor do you need to have a business model fully developed.

Can I go back and edit my submission?

Yes – you are able to get back into the Google form to edit your submission after initially submitting. The submission deadline is September 22nd at 11:59pm – and edits to the submission form cannot be made after this time.

What happens after I submit?

A group of judges will view the submissions and score each. The top 20 submissions, as scored by the external judges, will be chosen as finalists. Finalists will be announced and notified on September 27th. These top 20 finalists will pitch their idea at a live, in-person event on September 30th in MRGN 121 from 6-8pm.

What will the final round consist of?

The top 20 finalists will have 60 seconds to pitch their idea to a separate panel of judges (these judges will not view the previous submission and will have no context of the idea). Each finalist will have the microphone for only 60 seconds, and will present one right after the other. Judges will deliberate for roughly 30 minutes and the top 10 winners will be announced that same evening.

What are the prizes?

The top 10 winners will share a prize pool of $7,000. The prize breakdown is as follows:

1st place - $1,600

2nd place – $1,200

3rd place – $1,000

4th place – $900

5th place – $800

6th – 10th place: $300