Saint Louis University Students Participate in Inaugural SLU Pure Idea Competition


Semifinalists pitched ideas to area innovators at City Museum and

Finalists pitched ideas to Mayor Francis Slay at City Hall

November 3 - Saint Louis University students recently participated in the inaugural SLU Pure Idea competition hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship. The competition culminated with three finalists presenting their innovative ideas to Mayor Francis Slay at City Hall.

Beginning in early October, students were invited to follow along the hashtag #SLUPureIdea to discover a challenge presented by the Center for Entrepreneurship, and were asked to tweet their solutions.

The 24 finalists were invited to a special event at the City Museum on Oct. 25, and were given a fresh challenge and pitched their solutions to a panel of judges. The twist? Their brainstorming would take place on the City Museum’s rooftop Ferris wheel, giving them 30 minutes to generate a creative idea. The judges selected the top three winners who won $500 and were whisked away in a limousine to lunch where they received their next challenge.

The three finalists were:


The final challenge was presented by Mayor Slay, and he tasked the students with developing a solution on how to get more recent college graduates to stay in St. Louis. The full video of Mayor Slay is available, here. The finalists were given 24 hours to develop solutions and presented their ideas to the mayor at City Hall.

 “Through the competition we engaged with students from across campus to identify a challenge and pitch their solution,” said Tim Hayden. “It was rewarding to see the students pitch to the panel of judges and go on to present their great thinking to Mayor Slay. They had the opportunity to think quickly and critically while also networking with St. Louis area innovators.”

The Center for Entrepreneurship will kick off its next student event on Monday, Nov. 3 with the Real Elevator Pitch competition. Students can submit their best business pitch by loading it to YouTube and emailing the link to ecenter@slu.edu by Wednesday, Dec. 3. The top 24 will then pitch their ideas on Sunday, Dec. 14 to a panel of judges while riding the elevators in the tallest building in Missouri, One Metropolitan Square Building.

For more information about the Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship, visit: business.slu.edu/ent.

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