BYOBiz Elevator Pitch 2014 Coming in February

Elevator Pitch Participants

It's almost time for the highly anticipated 7thAnnual Elevator Pitch Competition. The competition will feature a record-number of participants hoping to win the top prize of $500 and bragging rights to having the best "pitch" in Champlain College's annual spring competition. The contest will be held Feb. 26, in Alumni Auditorium. 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 nonprofit/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 convincingly as possible. E-Pitch is collaboration among Champlain College's BYOBiz Program, Career Services, the Center for Service & Civic Engagement, the Office of Advancement, and LEAD. The deadline to enter is Friday, Feb. 7. Participants must complete an entry form here.

To help students prepare for the competition, there will be opportunities for one-on-one or group sessions with 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; several members of the Career Services team; as well as some faculty and alumni. There will also be three interactive improv-style workshops, facilitated by Eric Ronis, to help students get comfortable with public speaking.

Sophomore and junior students can also earn LEAD credit for participating in the Elevator Pitch. Why should students participate? In addition to developing a valuable life skill, winners in each category can walk away with cash prizes of $500 (first place), $300 (second place) and $100 (third place). Students will also have the opportunity to network with the judges who have respected positions in Burlington, such as,  trustees, community leaders, alumni, and employers, just to name a few.

For further information about the Champlain Elevator Pitch Competition, contact:


Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and 11 master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. 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


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