Teen Escalator Pitch
The Saint Louis University Center for Entrepreneurship’s Teen Escalator Pitch is now open for submissions!
All high school students are invited to enter with a simple post to Instagram using the guidelines below by Monday, November 7th, 11:59pm (CST).
After the submission window closes, a panel of judges will select the top 24 ideas. The top 24 will have the opportunity to join us at the Teen Escalator Pitch final competition on Saturday, December 3rd, where they will present their best 30-second pitch one-on-one to judges while riding up and down a series of escalators.
Here’s how to apply:
Follow us on Instagram @SLU_ent
Work on your best 30-second elevator pitch for your existing business or your business idea
Post a video of your pitch on Instagram, and tag @SLU_ent using #SLUEscalatorPitch. Please note: if your Instagram is private, you MUST send it in a direct message or we will not be able to see it!
Direct message @SLU_ent with your name, school, and grade in school as well as if your pitch is for your own existing business OR a business idea.
Deadline to enter is Monday, November 7th at 11:59pm (CST).
Watch for the announcement of the finalists on Friday, November 11th.
Please note, if you have previously won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in SLU’s Teen Escalator Pitch Competition with one pitch, we ask that you submit a different idea. For more information visit the FAQs or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out last year’s recap video here.
Escalator Pitch FAQ
Q: Who’s eligible to enter?
A: Any high school student (9th grade-12th grade) from around the nation
Q: How do I apply?
A: Follow us on Instagram. Post a video of your best 30-second elevator pitch for your original business idea Monday, October 31st at 11:59pm (CST). Tag @SLU_ent in the post and use #SLUEscalatorPitch. Direct message @SLU_ent with your name, school, and grade in school, as well as if your pitch is for your existing business OR a business idea. Please note that if your Instagram is private, you MUST send your video in a direct message or we will not be able to see it.
Q: Can I submit more than one (1) entry?
A: Yes, you may submit as many entries as you’d like. Be sure to tag @SLU_ent and use #SLUEscalatorPitch in order to officially enter each idea.
Q: Can more than one person enter together?
A: Yes, but only one may pitch. If selected as a finalist, the same individual must pitch at the final competition.
Q: If I won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place with my pitch last year, can I pitch the same business again?
A: No. If you have previously been awarded 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place with one pitch, you must pitch a new business or idea.
Q: When is the deadline to submit my presentation?
A: Monday, November 7th at 11:59pm CST.
Notifications of Finalists
Q: When will I know if I’m a finalist?
A: You will be notified by Friday, November 11th, which will give you (4) weeks to plan accordingly.
Q: Who are the first round judges?
A: The first round of judges consist of the Saint Louis University Entrepreneurship Team.
Final Event Day Details
Q: When and where does the final competition take place?
A: Saturday, December 3rd, from 9:00 am-11:00 am
Q: What are the prizes?
A: First place: Cash Prize of $125
Second place: Cash Prize
Third place: Cash Prize
Q: If I’m selected as a finalist, who will be judging my ideas?
A: Although the judges change every year, you will be pitching ideas to SLU professors in entrepreneurship, SLU Blue Diamond members, and other notable entrepreneurs in the community.