The pitch must be for a new and independent venture or novel technology from a university, non-profit research institution and labs, or a startup at the seed, start-up, or early-growth stage. Plans that include proposals for expansions of existing companies, spin-outs or research from existing corporations, and other consulting projects or analyses are not eligible. Licensing technologies from universities or research labs is encouraged, assuming they have not been commercialized previously. Submitting startups should not have more than $1,000,000 in revenues in the prior year. Accepted submissions must register for the Start-up Registration rate.