Real Elevator Pitch Competition

screen-shot-2013-11-21-at-93147-amThe Center for Entrepreneurship has launched the 2013 Real Elevator Pitch Competition. The initial competition will take place through 30-second video submissions, where a group of judges and people’s choice will narrow the ideas down to 20. Those 20 finalists will be invited to One Metropolitan Square Building (the tallest building in Missouri) on Dec 15, 2013 where they will pitch to 30 judges on actual elevators.

Here’s how it works:

Individual students (no teams) will create a 30-second elevator pitch on their idea or business. Then they will upload their video to YouTube – it can be on any channel. 

To enter the competition, SLU students will send the YouTube link to ecenter@slu.edu with a request to be included in the Elevato Pitch competition. The videos and voting will be housed on Mr. Pitch’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/pitchmrpitch). Submissions are due by Sun, Nov 24, 2013

The 20 contestants will be selected to the Final Round in one of two ways:

  1. 15 pitches will be selected by a panel of judges, and
  2. 5 pitches will be selected through ‘Peoples’ Choice’ – the total number of YouTube ‘likes’

The final round live event will take place at One Metropolitan Square building on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 8-10 a.m. Registration is in the lobby at 8 a.m. and the competition will kick off at 8:30 a.m.

The One Metropolitan Square building is the tallest in Missouri, and there will be 10 elevators secured for the competition and 30 judges. The competition will start with 10 contestants getting on an elevator in the lobby with 3 judges on each elevator. The elevator will travel up 30-seconds (approximately 40 floors). When the elevator doors open, the time to pitch has run out, and the contestant must exit. Each contestant will exit that elevator and move to the next elevator, where they will conduct their pitch again to new judges as they travel down 30-seconds to the lobby. This process will be repeated until all judges have heard each contestant’s pitch. This means each contestant will pitch 10 times. Refreshments and snacks will be served in the lobby and an award ceremony will be held after the competition concludes.


View a highlight video of last year’s competition, here.

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