"Real" Elevator Pitch FAQ
Q: Who’s eligible to enter?
A: Any undergraduate or graduate student at any college or university.
Q: How do I apply?
A: Upload your 30-second-or-less pitch to YouTube or Instagram, send 1) the link, 2) your name, 3) your school, 4) your year in school, and 5) the track your idea or company fits in (For-Profit or Not-For-Profit) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “‘Real’ Elevator Pitch Competition.” Note: your video MUST be public. Private videos will not be accepted.
Q: Can I submit more than one (1) entry?
A: Yes, but each entry must be for a different company or idea. Only one entry may be selected for the final competition.
Q: Can my idea be both For-Profit and Not-For-Profit?
A: No. You must choose one or the other. If there is a discrepancy, choose the category your idea or company aligns with most.
Q: Does my submission have to be an existing business?
A: No. You may create a pitch for an existing business or an idea you have.
Q: How many people can pitch?
A: There’s no limit to the number of people that can be on a team, but only one member may pitch in your submission. If selected, the same member of the team who pitched in the submission must also pitch in person.
Q: When is the deadline to submit my pitch?
A: Monday, November 7 at 11:59pm CST
Q: Is there a certain format the pitch must be in?
A: No. Feel free to craft and make your pitch however you’d like. The only requirement is that you, the person submitting the idea, must be featured in the video pitch.
Q: Can I use special effects in my pitch video?
A: Sure! Remember that you won’t be able to use those special effects in real life, though.
Q: How do I know that my video/pitch will be confidential?
A: Once received, your pitch will not be posted anywhere or shared with anyone except for the review and judging teams without your consent. Once the submission period has ended you’re free to remove your video from YouTube or Instagram if you’d like.
Q: How strict are the time limits for presentations?
A: The time limit for each pitch - from start to finish - is thirty (30) seconds with a five (5) second buffer time. If the video submitted is longer than thirty five (35) seconds it will not be considered.
Q: Are there any examples I can reference?
A: Yes. Visit the following link to see an example of a past participant’s pitch.
Q: What happens to my video if I’m not selected?
A: Once the finalists have been announced, you may remove your video from YouTube or Instagram if you so choose.
Notifications of Finalists
Q: How many finalists are selected?
A: 24 finalists will be chosen. In addition, four alternates will also be chosen to take the place of a finalist in the situation a finalist must relinquish his or her spot for whatever reason.
Q: When will I know if I’m a finalist?
A: You will be notified by Monday, November 14, which will give you three weeks to make travel arrangements to St. Louis.
Q: Will I be notified if I’m not a finalist?
The Day of the Event
Q: Will I actually be in real elevators?
Q: How many people can pitch at the event?
A: Regardless of how many people you have on your team, only one will be permitted to pitch at the competition. The same representative of the team to pitch in the video submission must pitch at the event.
Q: Who will the judges be?
A: We won’t reveal who the judges are beforehand, but you’ll have plenty of time to mix and mingle with them before, during, and after the event if you’d like. The net worth of last year’s judges was a combined $2.1B.
Q: Can I bring a prop(s) with me to pitch?
A: Yes, but they must be able to fit in your hands or on your person. Keep in mind you’ll be in elevators with other people, so space is limited.