The South Side of Chicago is full of entrepreneurs who deserve recognition for building businesses in the community. Those businesses provide a living for the entrepreneurs themselves and change the lives of neighbors, employees, and customers. For the past 8 years, the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship has held South Side Pitch, a shark-tank style pitch competition, to put a spotlight on some of these incredible business owners. On October 20, finalists will once again pitch their businesses to a city-wide audience and a panel of judges for the chance to win cash prizes. The winners of South Side Pitch will be determined based on the judge evaluations and the audience votes.
South Side Pitch is hosted by the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School. Located on the South Side, we advocate for economic liberty so that entrepreneurs from Chicago can chart their own courses in life, build up neighborhoods, and create jobs. We provide free legal assistance, access to resources, and advocacy for underserved entrepreneurs in the Chicago area.