Elevator Pitch Competition
Elevator Pitch Finals
February 26th, 2014
8:00 pm | Alumni Auditorium
Why enter this year's elevator pitch contest?
- To learn essential communications and networking skills.
- To gain self-confidence.
- Maybe win some serious CASH!
- Three $500 first prizes
- $2700 total in cash prizes, plus valuable gift certificates
- Sophomores and juniors: earn LEAD credit.
- Have some FUN!
Get Ready To Pitch!
Champlain College's BYOBiz Program, Career Services, the Oral Communication Lab, the Center for Service & Civic Engagement, and the Office of Advancement collaborate to present the 7th Annual Elevator Pitch Competition. The contest requires 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 and teaches students the importance of presenting a "big idea" as succinctly and convincingly as possible.
This year's "finals competition" will take place on stage at Champlain's Alumni Auditorium on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. The event is open to all students (all years/all majors. Participants should plan to attend one of the Information Sessions, with dates to be announced.
There will be opportunities for contestants to schedule one-on-one or group coaching 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; and Pat Boera, Career Services.
What's the incentive - besides learning an important life skill? Last year's winners in each category walked away with the top prizes of $500 (cash). KeyBank, lead sponsor of the 2008-2012 events, has promised these same cash awards for 2013. Second and third-place prizes of $300 and $100 will also be awarded.
E-Pitch applications may be completed online beginning in November or you may pick up a printed entry form from the BYOBiz Office (Wick Hall), Career Services (Durick Hall), the Center for Service (Skiff Annex) or from the Operations Managers of each academic division. For further information about the Elevator Pitch Competition, contact:
- Bob Bloch, BYOBiz Program, firstname.lastname@example.org, (802 865-6490)
- Pat Boera, Career Services, email@example.com, (651-5991)
Sophomores and Juniors: This year you can earn Career Management LEAD credit by participating in the Elevator Pitch Competition. To qualify, you must participate in an Elevator Pitch Information Session, at least one Coaching Session and compete in the Preliminary Round. And who knows? You may win one of the cash prizes as well.
The 2013 final round took place on Tuesday, February 26th in the Alumni Auditorium.
The finalists in the 6th Annual Elevator Pitch Competition all gave outstanding pitches, demonstrating their creativity, talent, and overall delightful personalities. Each finalist had 90 seconds to deliver his or her pitch to an executive (dubbed the "suit") as they rode in a fictional elevator. All of the eighteen competitors (six for each of the three categories) gave impressive performances, and the judges were given the difficult task of selecting the top three in each category. Here is the list of this year's winners:
Non Profit/Social Advocacy:
1st Place: Nicole Handel, Psychology 2015
2nd Place: Madison Wagner, Broadcasting and Streaming Media 2015
3rd Place: Bethanie Abbott, Business Administration 2016
1st Place: Jennifer Martin, Accounting 2013
2nd Place: Katherine Young, Marketing 2014
3rd Place: Christina Aceves, Game Design 2013
1st Place: Joshua Miller, Management of Creative Media 2016
2nd Place: Jack Carpenter, Broadcasting and Streaming Media 2015
3rd Place: Ben Shearer, Business 2014
First place winners earned a cash prize of $500, second took $300 and third, $100. Congratulation to all participants and winners!