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Elevator Pitch Competition

Mark your calendar: Fall 2013 Elevator Pitch Competition....November 7, 2013

What is an Elevator Pitch Competition?

An elevator pitch is named because sometimes your most important
pitch is not the formal business plan presentation you make to investors but short, opportunistic pitches when you share an elevator ride, a cab, or bump into someone at a reception.  Your pitch is an overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The name reflects the fact that an elevator pitch should be possible to deliver in the time span of an elevator ride. While a typical elevator pitch is at least 1 minute, a reception pitch will likely be a bit longer, and might be more interactive.  The term is typically used in the context of an entrepreneur pitching an idea to a venture capitalist or angel investor to receive funding. Venture capitalists often judge the quality of an idea and team on the basis of the quality of its elevator pitch, and will ask entrepreneurs for their elevator pitches to weed out bad ideas and weak teams. If interested they will exchange contact information and ask for more information or give the team an opportunity for a longer, more formal presentation.  In addition to entrepreneurs a variety of other individuals such as project managers, salespeople, policy-makers, and job seekers use an elevator pitch to get their point across quickly.

Students competing in the Business Plan Competition should pitch their business plan.  Students in Bus 414 that are not competing in the Business Plan Competition may pitch any idea.  The judges who will be judging are outside entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, alumni, and friends and supporters of VIEW.  Further, some judges will be from within the university community.  Total prize money for the elevator pitch of $2,000 is available.  See Spring 2013 Elevator Pitch Competition and Winners!