Call to innovative Vermonters!

Do you have a product in early stage development that could benefit from a solid engineering push? Are you in need of a prototype that your customers can touch, feel and experience? Join UVM’s Instrumentation and Modeling Facility (IMF) and GENERATOR for an evening of invention and ingenuity. Dubbed Pitch It, Fab It! this fast and interactive evening of pitches is aimed at exciting the IMF to collaborate with you on your idea.

Event Date: Wednesday, October 17 | 5:30 – 7:30pm

Event Location: Generator is located at 40 Sears Lane, Burlington, VT 05401

Deadline: October 12th, 2018

Check out a VIDEO about the competition!

For 45 years IMF has designed and fabricated custom instruments and innovative prototypes for UVM researchers, emerging technology companies, and Vermont inventors. Here’s your chance to access the tools and minds on tap at IMF.  Learn more about IMF HERE.

Work with UVM Instrumentation and Model Facility (IMF) to Design and Fabricate a Killer Product. With a single pitch, a team can walk away with up to $5,000 in-kind services, materials and expert mentoring for:

  • Precision machine and mechanical design consultation
  • High-resolution 3D printing using hard and flexible materials
  • And the parts and materials needed to build your prototype

Past winners have included laboratory devices, kitchen products, specialty bartending apparatus, educational holography, farm equipment, robots for kids and more.


Prepare a pitch deck of SIX (6) slides that includes:

  1. Who you are, what’s your passion?
  2. Problem – What’s the challenge you’re tackling?
  3. Context – What makes this challenge significant?
  4. Solution – What’s your big idea?
  5. What does your model look like?
  6. How will you use the IMF?


Populate a product description and share the link for your pitch deck. Applications will be denied without the pitch. (Don’t worry, everything under your “details” tab is only seen by the judges and a live audience. If you have any questions, just click that little blue question mark on the right). You will receive an email from the competition hosts when you are accepted to the PITCH OFF. Pitch your product in 5 MINS or less to a panel of IMF-invited judges on Wednesday, October 17 at 5:30PM. Award decisions will be made that night, on the spot, by a panel of IMF and Generator judges.



Pitches will be judged for their:

  • Clarity
  • Innovation
  • Feasibility


All awardees have the opportunity to begin work immediately and are expected to maximize their use of the IMF facility to get their product prototype developed efficiently.

Sponsors: UVM Instrumentation and Modeling Facility, UVM Office of the Vice-president for Research

Thank You for Your Support