Champlain to Host 6th Annual Elevator Pitch

It's almost time for the 6th Annual Elevator Pitch Competition. The contest allows participating students to give their 90-second "pitch" to an executive (dubbed the "suit") as they ride together in a fictional elevator. There are three categories of competition-entrepreneurs, job/internship seekers, and non-profit/social advocates. The event is patterned on a national competition which teaches budding entrepreneurs the importance of presenting a "big idea" to an executive as succinctly and convincingly as possible. In a true example of community-in-action, E-Pitch is collaboration among Champlain College's BYOBiz Program, Career Services, the Center for Service & Civic Engagement, the Office of Advancement, and LEAD.

This year's event will take place on stage at Champlain's Alumni Auditorium on Tuesday, February 26th, with alum Tim Kavanagh as emcee. The event is open to all students (all years/all majors). The deadline to enter the competition is Friday, February 1st. Participants must complete an entry form available at www.champlain.edu/byobiz/elevator-pitch-competition.

To help students prepare for the competition, there will be opportunities for one-on-one or group sessions with Eric Ronis and his dynamic team of student "coaches" at the Oral Communication Lab. Additional support and coaching is available from Bob Bloch, Director of the BYOBiz Program; Kyle Dodson, Director of the Center for Service & Civic Engagement; members of the Career Services team; as well as some faculty and alumni volunteers. There will also be several interactive improv-style workshops to help students get comfortable with public speaking. Students can earn LEAD Life-long Career Management Credit for participating in the Elevator Pitch.

In addition to developing a valuable life skill, winners in each category can walk away with cash prizes of $500 (1st place), $300 (2nd place) and $100 (3rd place) provided by the Elevator Pitch's generous sponsor KeyBank. Students will also have the opportunity to network with the panel of celebrity judges-trustees and community leaders.

For further information about the Elevator Pitch Competition, contact:

  • Bob Bloch, BYOBiz Program, rbloch@champlain.edu, 802-865-6490
  • Pat Boera, Career Services, boerap@champlain.edu, 802-651-5991

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.