InnovateOhio Announces New Speaker Series ‘Pitch X: From Lab to Market’

In 1901, the first Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to a university faculty member who discovered that when cathode rays pass through glass, they produced a glow on a nearby chemically coated screen. He named his observation “X-rays” because the technology was yet unknown to science.

When X-rays were discovered, they changed the world forever for the better.

Fast forward to today, in Ohio, where university faculty are also discovering breakthroughs that are on the cutting edge of science and that will ultimately change the world forever.

InnovateOhio’s I.P. Promise initiative is pleased to announce PITCH X: From Lab to Market, a series of short, compelling talks on a virtual stage.

We want to share Ohio’s research discoveries with the world in a way that anyone can access. Speakers will receive extensive coaching and support in the process of creating a talk. The recorded talks will be shared widely on social media. This is your platform to share your research and technology that is ready for commercialization.

If you’re working on new intellectual property and are affiliated with one of the sixteen Ohio I.P. Promise universities, you’re eligible to share a short, compelling talk on our virtual stage.

Up to three speakers will be featured each round and those nominated will be automatically eligible for participation in future rounds.

Speaker nominations for the inaugural PITCH X are open now through April 19, 2021.

Participants will work with our team for several months to produce a final recording by the second half of the year.

The free quarterly PITCHx events will feature an average of 3 talks and be hosted virtually; each talk will subsequently be posted on the InnovateOhio website and YouTube. Speakers may come from any discipline area.

Criteria to be considered:

  • Currently affiliated with one of these 16 universities. Affiliated can mean faculty, staff, student, alumni, emeritus, contract, adjunct or other formal relationships.
  • Have submitted a 100-word summary and 90-second video by the prospective speaker of the idea to be shared (CLICK HERE FOR THE NOMINATION FORM).
  • While a colleague may nominate a speaker, the video submission must be from the person who will actually speak. Videos prepared for other purposes will not be considered.
  • The speaker should be capable of delivering a compelling talk about the idea in 8-10 minutes.
  • The speaker should be amenable to a robust 8-week timeline (from selection to event), including coaching, committee review and professional recording in a studio.
  • Applicants should properly ensure that the invention/research to be discussed has been appropriately protected by the USPTO, or any other relevant intellectual property regulator or have determined that such protection is not necessary or possible. Please consult with the Tech Transfer/Commercialization Office at your institution, or to the extent such office does not exist, the General Counsel’s office.
  • Note: Dual talks will only be considered under unique circumstances. Foreign language talks are welcome. All talks will be be recorded within the speakers’ geographic area and will be captioned.

For questions, email for inquiries.


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