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Real Elevator Pitch Competition Winner Announced

elevator1-wcyTim Hayden, director of the SLU Center for Entrepreneurship, addresses the finalists and judges of the Real Elevator Pitch Competition on Sunday, Dec. 15 at One Metropolitan Square.

Having a strong elevator pitch is a term often discussed at the John Cook School of Business, especially for SLU entrepreneurship students. On Sunday, the Center for Entrepreneurship took the elevator pitch to a whole new level with the Real Elevator Pitch competition.

Beginning in November, all SLU students were encouraged to submit a video pitch of their business idea for a chance to be selected as one of 24 finalists based on popular vote (read more here). The finalists were then invited to come to One Metropolitan Square, the tallest building in Missouri, on Sunday, Dec. 15 to pitch their ideas while riding on 13 elevators with 36 judges who included area business leaders and entrepreneurs such as, Maxine Clark (Build-A-Bear), Tom Hillman (FTL Capital), Bud Albers (Disney), Delon Dotson (Netscape & MP3.com), Lewis Levey (Enhanced Value Strategies), Brian Nottingham (ShipWorks), Khalia Collier (St. Louis Surge), Chris Sommers (Pi Pizza), Tricia Zimmer (Kaldi’s) and Matthew Porter (Contegix).

elevator2-kqgTim Hayden, director of the SLU Center for Entrepreneurship, introduces the SLU student finalists of the Real Elevator Pitch Competition.

The competition winner was SLU junior Emily Muhoberac, a business student, with her Anti-Theft Bike Lock + App concept. A video of her pitch is available here. The judges sited that they loved Muhoberac’s passion and intelligence. Currently, Muhoberac works at Apple as one of their Geniuses. In addition to having an opportunity to network with area influencers, Muhuberac won a $2,500 prize.

There was a tie for second place with Ben Albers, a SLU senior in business, who pitched the Case Coolie, and Madeline Sciortino, a SLU senior in business, who pitched the Personal Allergen Tester. Both Albers and Sciortino won a $2,000 prize.

elevator3-9m1SLU junior, Emily Muhoberac, with her $2,500 prize for her winning idea of an anti-theft bike lock app as part of the Real Elevator Pitch Competition.

View all of the 24 finalists’ videos here. Learn more about the Center for Entrepreneurship.

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