Pitch Guidelines

Pitch Guidelines:

The purpose of the elevator pitch is to quickly get the potential investors’ attention, let them know what you have and what you are offering! Leave them wanting to know more!

Distribution of samples is prohibited!

Prototype by special request only!

No audio-visual equipment use permitted. No Power Point, transparencies, slides or audio assistance are allowed. You would not have this available in an elevator, so it is not available for the competition.

Qualifying Round:  The timekeeper will give you the signal to begin.  The clock will start when you begin talking with a hard stop at two minutes.  (You will be given a 30-second warning that your time is almost up.)  Following your pitch, the judges have two minutes to ask questions or make comments.  You will then leave the room and the next competitor will enter the room and wait for the signal to begin.

Final Round:  The timekeeper will give you the signal to begin.  The clock will start when you begin talking with a hard stop at two minutes.  (You will be given a 30-second warning that your time is almost up.)  The judges are not permitted to ask questions.  You will then leave the room and the next competitor will enter the room and wait for the signal to begin.

These guidelines can’t anticipate every circumstance, and The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation reserves the right to modify these rules in any manner for the good of the competition.  Any competitor who violates the rules, regulations, or the spirit of the competition may be disqualified.  A violation may result in the forfeiture of awards and prize money.  Any questions regarding eligibility should be emailed to Mrs. Stillwaggon at [email protected] or by phone at 724-458-2003.