The eighth annual UPitchNJ, an innovative statewide collegiate business model competition showcasing the top young talent from thirteen New Jersey universities, will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd from 2 - 4 pm in a live streamed, virtual format sponsored by Nokia Bell Labs. 

Princeton is represented this year by Nicholas Sanker '24, co-founder of VICI, an elite training organization that connects middle school and high school athletes with college athletes for training and advice.

Teams will be judged on originality and creativity of their idea, the perceived ability to execute the idea and turn it into a viable, profitable business and/or venture with significant social value as well as their oral presentation.

The keynote speaker is Megan Leinenbach '23, who won first prize at UPitchNJ 2022 for her venture, Prende Health. Megan will share her entrepreneurial journey as a student founder and will share some updates about her recent pivot with her startup.


  • Thierry Klein, President of Bell Labs Solutions Research (BLSR)
  • Stacy Kornhauser, BLSR Program Manager
  • Chris Jones, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
  • Jani Kangas, Director of BLSR Strategic Innovation Management
  • Nirupama Ravi, Head of BLSR Software Systems Research

How to Join

Bookmark the UPitch New Jersey Facebook page for quick access to the event just before 2 pm ET on May 3rd.

Please email program manager Stephanie Landers with any questions.

Who can attend?

Open to the public.