BYOBiz organizes and sponsors events that are relevant to entrepreneurially minded students, including the Elevator Pitch and LaunchVT Collegiate competitions, and the Speaking From Experience lecture series.
Champlain College students with a business idea (having an operating business is not necessary) may enter the LaunchVT Champlain competition and present their business idea to a panel of judges. The winner(s) represent Champlain in the LaunchVT Collegiate competition.
LaunchVT Collegiate is a business pitch competition open to students at Vermont colleges and universities. Each school selects a student entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team to represent it in the LaunchVT Collegiate competition.
Learn more about LaunchVT.
Elevator Pitch Competition
BYOBiz collaborates with Champlain's Career Collaborative and the Office of Institutional Advancement 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:
- 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. For more than 10 years, the Elevator Pitch Competition has provided an opportunity for students to learn and polish networking skills.
Learn more about the Elevator Pitch.
"I'm developing a juice company, and the Elevator Pitch gave me the opportunity to present it. I explained my company in the best way I could in 90 seconds. I think the competitions [Elevator Pitch and LaunchVT] are a great opportunity to give students the ability to compete, and I really did well in every single one of them. That helped boost my self-esteem and gave me more confidence."
-Prince Awhaitey // Finance major
"Champlain does this event called the Elevator Pitch, and there are three different categories that you can enter. It was really cool because I got to pitch them my idea for a nonprofit. Practice like that helped with my speaking skills."
—Bekemeh Airewele // Marketing major
Speaking From Experience Lecture Series
BYOBiz invites local entrepreneurs to share business experiences with the Champlain community. Many of the speakers are Champlain alumni who return to share their insights about starting and maintaining successful businesses.
Recently, Adam Stark, '05, an Accounting major and co-founder of the organic skin care products company Ogee; and Mitch Durfee, '12, a Business major who launched the veteran-owned and -operated junk removal and moving company, Grunts Move Junk, while he was a BYOBiz student returned for the series.