Midwest Digital Marketing Conference Pitch Competition

Compete for the Chance to win a $5,000 cash prize for your startup sponsored by Purina and UMSL|Accelerate!


Are you a startup in the field of digital marketing & communications, data insights or social media?
If so, then this is your chance to showcase your company to thousands of digital marketers! Apply now and join us in St. Louis on April 12th and 13th of 2017.

Five startups will be selected through an application and skype interview process. The five startups will then be invited to attend #MDMC17 with the following benefits:

  • Pitch in front of target market 
  • 2 conference passes valued at Over $300
  • Free parking for both days of conference valued at $40
  • 4 Food Truck vouchers for both days valued at $40
  • Free display booth with power valued at $850
  • Discounted hotel accommodations
  • Given access to select speakers including Facebook, Google, Pinterest, or others
  • $5,000 cash prize for winner sponsored by Purina and UMSL|Accelerate


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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible you must have answered yes to these three questions:

  1. Are you a startup that is under 2 years, or last major pivot was less than 2 years ago?
  2. Is your business model in the area of digital marketing & communications, data insights or social media?
  3. Are you located in the Midwest region comprised of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

 Still not sure? Email alex@penpath.com for more information. 


Application Process


To be considered please fill out the application questionnaire by midnight 3/12.
Unlike most applications, we kept the questionnaire short and sweet – feel free to browse the questions before applying. 


Top applications will proceed to the second round of judging which will be a 15-minute skype interview. Those making this round will be notified by 3/16


The top five applications based on the skype sessions will be notified by 3/22 and invited to #MDMC17where you will pitch in front of a targeted audience and a panel of experts from such companies including Purina, Facebook, Snapchat, Microsoft, Google and more. The winner will receive a check for $5,000 from Purina and UMSL|Accelerate.







The Pitch Details

The pitch competition will take place on the second day of the conference, April 13th. After the pitch competition, the startups will be introduced to strategic influencers for their space that may include influential speakers who are also attending. The winner will be selected based on the panel and the audience via digital voting.

Apply to the Startup Pitch Competition

To be considered please fill out the application questionnaire by 2/24.

Apply Now!