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Teen Escalator Pitch

 

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The Saint Louis University Center for Entrepreneurship’s Teen Escalator Pitch will open on October 24!


All high school students are invited to enter with a simple post to Instagram using the guidelines below by Tuesday, 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, 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:

  1. Follow us on Instagram @SLU_ent

  2. Work on your best 30-second elevator pitch for your existing business or your business idea

  3. Post a video of your pitch on Instagram, and tag @SLU_ent using #SLUEscalatorPitch2017. Please note: if your Instagram is private, you MUST send it in a direct message or we will not be able to see it!

  4. Fill out the sumbission form HERE

  5. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, November 7th at 11:59pm (CST).

  6. Watch for the announcement of the finalists on Friday, November 10th.  

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 laura.gardner@slu.edu.

Check out last year’s recap video here.

 


 

Escalator Pitch FAQ

 

Applying

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: 1.) Follow us on Instagram @SLU_ent. 2.) Work on your best 30-second elevator pitch for your existing business or your business idea. 3.) Post a video of your pitch on Instagram, and tag @SLU_ent using #SLUEscalatorPitch2017. Please note: if your Instagram is private, you MUST send it in a direct message or we will not be able to see it! 4.) Fill out the sumbission form. 5.) Deadline to enter is Tuesday, November 7th at 11:59pm (CST). 6.) Watch for the announcement of the finalists on Friday, November 10th.   

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 #SLUEscalatorPitch2017 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 6th 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 10th.

 

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: TBA

 

Q: What are the prizes?

A: First place: Cash Prize of $500

    Second place: Cash Prize of $250

    Third place: Cash Prize of $125

 

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.