3-Minute Pitch Competition

Sunday, October 28, 2018
Osgoode Ballroom East

The CSChE 2018 organizing committee is proud to announce the 3-Minute Pitch Competition session, which will consist of an Elevator Pitch as well as a Business Pitch component.

The competition follows the spirit of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT)® competition that originated at The University of Queensland. This session is an opportunity for graduate students to showcase the innovation and impact of their research, as well as their innovative chemical engineering business ideas, to a wider audience of the chemical engineering community. It is open to all graduate students.

Participants have 3 minutes or less to present their Elevator Pitch or Business Pitch to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex technical information in an engaging, accessible, and compelling way. The top students selected on Sunday, October 28 from each category of the competition will move on to compete in the 3-Minute Pitch Competition Finals on Tuesday, October 30.


The participant should be an MSc or PhD student (that is, officially enrolled as a graduate student as of July 1, 2018). Shortlisted participants must register for the conference by the early registration deadline of September 25, 2018 in order to secure their participation in the 3-Minute Pitch Competition.

Competition Procedure

The abstract submission process closed on August 24, 2018. Abstracts should be written in layman terms. An Elevator Pitch abstract should address the problem that the research project aims to solve, the participant’s contributions, and the significance of these contributions. Similarly, a Business Pitch abstract should address the business idea, the problem that it aims to solve, and its potential impact. Shortlisted candidates will be notified to participate in the 3-Minute Pitch Competition after the abstract submission deadline.

Competition Schedule

See the 3MP Competition schedule! (PDF) 

Upload your presentation file to the computer in Osgoode Ballroom East between 12:00-13:00. Use the talk ID (see 1st column of schedule) to name your presentation file. Please assemble in Osgoode Ballroom East on Sunday, October 28 promptly by 15:00. 

Rules for the Competition

  • Participants will present to the judging panel in an open forum.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum.
  • Competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be cut off and judged on their presentations up to the 3-minute mark.
  • The timer starts when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • Only one static Powerpoint slide is permitted per presentation. The slide should be in widescreen (16:9) format.
  • The competition will be in English.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.


See the winners of the CSChE 2018 3MP Competition!

Research Pitch
1st place: $300
2nd place: $200
3rd place: $100

Business Pitch
1st place: $300


Judging Criteria - Research Pitch

Participants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Aim and description of the research: Clear explanation of hypothesis, objectives, and the specific research questions being tackled; methods used to answer the research questions; results (if available). 
  2. Novelty and impact: Originality of research, its relevance, and potential impact.
  3. Presentation: Communication skills, effective use of visuals, accessibility of presentation, and audience engagement.

The participants from the initial round who are selected as finalists will be provided tailored feedback on their presentations, thus enabling them to make a more effective pitch for the final round.  Finalists will deliver their pitches in front of a larger audience and a judging panel at the 3-Minute Pitch Competition Finals on Tuesday, October 30.

Judging Panel

The judging panel for the Research Pitch component will be composed of the session chair and four other individuals from academia and industry for the first round. The final round will be judged by 3 panelists.


Judging Criteria - Business Pitch

Participants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Product: Technology, impact, and credibility of the product/ service, unmet or unsatisfied market need as well as a unique proposition or distinct advantage
  2. Market overview: Size and potential growth of market, percentage of market to be captured,  methods of analysis used for calculations
  3. Competition analysis: Identification of competitors and their market shares, understanding of competitors' customer base, sales/marketing channels
  4. Presentation: Communication skills, effective use of visuals, accessibility of presentation and audience engagement

Judging Panel

The judging panel for the Business Pitch component will be composed of the session chair and two other individuals from academia and industry. The Business Pitch 3MP Competition is comprised of only one round.