Elevator Pitch Competition

The 2014 final round took place on Wednesday, February 26th in Alumni Auditorium.

Elevator Pitch 2014

The finalists in the 7th 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: Michael Frekey, Marketing, 2015
2nd Place: Julian Lopez, International Business, 2017
3rd Place: Chance Foster, Finance 2017
Peoples’ Choice Award: Julian Lopez

Elevator Pitch 2014

Job/Internship Seekers:

1st Place: Jeffrey Diehl, Business Administration, 2017
2nd Place: Katarina Svenson, Ind. Organizational Psychology, 2014
3rd Place: William Cruse, Accounting, 2014
Peoples’ Choice Award: Jeffrey Diehl


1st Place: Chelsea Hutchings, Graphic Design & Digital Media 2014
2nd Place: Eric Wahlgren-Sauro, International Business, 2016
3rd Place: Dylan Seigman, Public Relations, Org. Innovation 2016
Peoples’ Choice Award: (tie) Eric Wahlgren-Sauro, Annie Del Moro, Environmental Policy, 2015
First place winners earned a cash prize of $500, second took $300 and third, $100. Peoples’ Choice Awards, based on a vote by the audience, received $75 gift certificates from a local restaurant. Congratulation to all participants and winners!

Elevator Pitch 2014


Elevator Pitch 2014

Why enter the elevator pitch competition?

  1. To learn essential communications and networking skills.
  2. To gain self-confidence.
  3. Maybe win some serious CASH!
    1. Three $500 first prizes
    2. $2700 total in cash prizes, plus valuable gift certificates
  4. Sophomores and juniors: earn LEAD credit.
  5. Have some FUN!

Get Ready To Pitch!

Champlain College's BYOBiz Program, Career Services, the Center for Service & Civic Engagement, and the Office of Advancement collaborate to present the 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.

Next year's "finals competition" will take place on stage at Champlain's Alumni Auditorium in February, 2015. 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.

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.

Cash Incentives

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 all seven previous events, has promised these same cash awards for 2015. 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:

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

LEAD Credit

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.

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