Champlain's Elevator Pitch Competition Marks 10th Year

EPitch finalists

Every year Champlain College's Build Your Own Business (BYOBiz) Program, Career Collaborative, 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 as they ride together in a fictional elevator. There are three categories of competition:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Job/Internship seekers
  • Non-profit/Social advocates.

Since 2007, the Elevator Pitch has provided students with the opportunity to learn and practice their communication, business, and entrepreneurial skills in a simulated environment.

The 2017 Finals will be held Tuesday, March 7 beginning at 8 p.m. in Champlain's Alumni Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. The audience will also have a say in choosing the People's Choice winner.

This year's Champlain College 18 finalist student competitors are:

Prince Awhaitey, Finance '19
Scarlett Clark, Filmmaking '17
Andrew Filippi, Accounting '17
Emily LaPlume, Marketing '17
Maximilian Mackson, Computer Information Technology '20
Aaron Millet, Game Programming '18

Job/Internship Seekers
Bekemeh Airewele, Marketing '19
Abigail Barr, Computer & Digital Forensics '19
Zhomart Dairov, Finance & Business Administration '18
ArsSybelle Sambou Bayonne, Accounting '17
Austin Vine, Game Production Management '20
Hannah Wagner, Accounting '17

Nonprofit/Social Advocates
Nancy Champagne, Digital Forensics '19
Elijah Dixson, Management of Creative Media: Game Production '18
Julian Lopez, International Business '17
Jeremy MacKenzie, Creative Media '17
Cameron Rendall, Accounting '17
Aaron Skutnik, Business-Undeclared '21

The Elevator Pitch team is delighted that this group includes representatives from the classes of 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020...and...2021, as well as students from three academic divisions (CCM, ITS, SSB).

The 10th annual Elevator Pitch will be hosted by the emcee Tim Kavanagh, with "celebrity" judges and suits. The event has a new lead sponsor this year - Heritage Automotive Group.

The participants and judges in the 2016 Elevator Pitch Competition at Champlain College. 

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and 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 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit