Elevator Pitch Competition

elevator pitch

Get Ready to Pitch!

Champlain College's BYOBiz Program, Career Collaborative, the Center for Service & Sustainability, 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
  • 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.

The "finals competition" will take place on stage at Champlain's Alumni Auditorium on March 7, 2017 with a preliminary round the week before on February 28. The event is open to all students. 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; and Pat Boera, Career Collaborative.

Why enter this year's Elevator Pitch?

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

Cash Incentives

What's the incentive — besides learning an important life skill? Quite simply it's cash — $2,700 in all — with three $500 first prizes. Second and third-place prizes of $300 and $100 will also be awarded in each of the three pitch categories. Additional prizes of gift certificates to local restaurants are also up for grabs.

Your Elevator 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 Collaborative (Garden House), the Center for Service (Skiff Annex) or from the Operations Managers of each academic division. For further information about the Elevator Pitch Competition, contact

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.

Heritage Toyota: Presenting Sponsor

"As a prior judge of the Elevator Pitch competition, I am very much looking forward to participating again this year. We have a great relationship with Champlain College. Time and time again, they have supplied us with talented and knowledgeable graduates which we employ in our marketing, accounting, human resources, sales and other departments. I always enjoy the presentations brought forth by such sharp minds, and the hard work which has gone into each student's pitch. Naturally, we are very proud to be the 2017 presenting sponsor of Champlain College's Elevator Pitch Competition."

– Coddy Marx
Human Resources Director, Heritage Automotive Group