University of Dayton's Flyer Pitch Competition


Build upon your ideas, engage with experts and resources, and grow your business!

The Flyer Pitch Competition is an annual competition sponsored by UD’s L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Greater West Dayton Incubator in partnership with PNC Bank and The Entrepreneurs' Center. Now in its 17th year, Flyer Pitch awards more than $150,000 in cash prizes and more than $50,000 of in-kind prizes during the competition. Its legacy includes more than 80 new ventures that have been launched as a result of the competition with over $24 million in follow-on capital raised by those businesses. Over the course of the competition, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their own skills as well as strengthen their venture through training, mentorship, and feedback from expert judges. This is not only intended to help finalists prepare for the pitch but to ultimately provide entrepreneurs with the hands-on support to successfully launch their new venture.


The Flyer Pitch Competition is open to all Dayton faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the Greater Dayton region.

Grow your startup.

Build the future.

Save the Date!

The 2022-2023 Flyer Pitch Competition application submissions open on Tuesday, September 6th!

The application deadline is Sunday, October 16, 2022.

The first round of the competition is Saturday, October 22nd!

In 2022, $150K in cash and in-kind prizes were awarded!

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How It Works

Whether you're an experienced entrepreneur or just dreaming about a new idea, our competition has a track for everyone. Learn more about the competition.

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Track Selection

The Flyer Pitch Competition has expanded to three tracks and ESP Track, Main Street Track, and Nonprofit Track. Find out more about what track is best for your business.

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Prizes & Benefits

Participants have an opportunity to receive funding, mentorship, knowledge, and connections by competing in the Flyer Pitch Competition.

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