Celebrating 17 years of amazing elevator pitches!


About the Elevator Pitch Competition (EPC)

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The Grove City College Elevator Pitch Competition, established in 2007, affords all students the opportunity to pitch their new venture ideas to a panel of judges, offering cash prizes in two categories – Commercial Enterprise and Social Enterprise.  The competition is open to students from all majors. For team ventures, all members must be present, and one student will deliver the pitch. If registering as a team, only one student from the team should complete the official “GCC Elevator Pitch Application Form,” but each teammate and his/her contact information should be listed. It is free to enter the competition.

The “elevator” pitch is a frequently used term, which literally means “tell me about your new venture within the time it would take to ride up an elevator.” The goal of the Elevator Pitch Competition is to teach students to communicate effectively and allow their charisma and positive characteristics to shine through in just a short pitch. The Elevator Pitch Competition demonstrates the networking and presentation skills essential to any entrepreneur or business professional. Please note that ideas may be at any stage of development from creation of concepts or ideas to an established venture.


Who Should Participate?

  • The Grove City College Elevator Pitch Competition is currently open only to Grove City College students.
  • GCC students interested in enhancing their presentation skills
  • GCC students who want to explore the idea of starting a new venture
  • GCC students planning to possibly prepare/vet your idea for VentureLab and/or the Wolverine Venture Battle


Why Participate?

  • This is your chance to showcase your talents and passion for changing the world through entrepreneurship + innovation.
  • It’s an opportunity to present your commercial or social idea in a positive atmosphere.
  • Why not receive recognition for the merits of the presentation of your idea with the possibility of cash awards?

How did the 2023 Elevator Pitch Competition go down?

Timeline 2023

September 22:   Registration Closes

October 6:   Video Submission Deadline

October 27:  Finalists Announced

November 15:  Final Round


Commercial Enterprise Prizes:

1st Place-$500

2nd Place-$400

3rd Place-$300


Social Enterprise Prizes:

1st Place-$500

2nd Place-$400

3rd Place-$300


(audience votes)


Grove City Foundation Social Impact Prize–$250*

*awarded to one social enterprise team



Coffee Basics | Grace Serritella ’27 English

Have to Go | Kenzie Mawhinney ’26 Marketing

Cleat Caddy | Ross Morrow ’27 Design & Innovation

Scan Guard | Julia Kammetler ’25 Communication Arts

Inc and Influence Inc | Charles Vahlberg ’27 Design & Innovation

ShipPic | Ellie Gardner ’27 Entrepreneurship

Airharness | Alex Christman ’27 Political Science

StudentSync | Sam Hogue ’25 BARS

StickSaver | Alyssa Good ’25 Marketing

ReelCharge | Jacob Peters ’26 Management & Marketing


Allari | Greta Paulding ’27 Marketing

The Tapestry | Emma Ruby Whiteford ’24 English

Hygiene Hive | Reagan Mays ’27 Entrepreneurship

Little Life Stories | Alex Anderson ’26 Entrepreneurship

Grassroots Greenbacks | Garrett Gess ’27 Business Economics

Restore the Word | Jenna Knepper ’25 Design & Innovation



To register, students are required to complete the online form by clicking on the button below.  Once registered, students should starting working to create and record their elevator pitch as ALL REGISTRANTS WILL ADVANCE TO ROUND 2! Please read the EPC User’s Guide in it’s entirety, as failure to comply with the rules in the guide will result in disqualification.

Information Required:

  • Name of your venture
  • Is it social or commercial?
  • Individual/Team Member(s) Information
  • Short idea description (1-2 sentences)



Video Submission

In a video recording that is no longer than two minutes, deliver your pitch to the Elevator Pitch Review Panel.  The EPC Review Panel will choose the TOP SCORING TEAMS to compete in ROUND 3 (FINALS) based on the judging rubrics (above).

Feedback will be provided to the finalists in order to guide them as to how they should proceed to strengthen their pitch in the final round.

Information to consider and include in your pitch:

• What is the problem? Tell a story! Paint a picture!
• What is your solution?
• What is your organization’s name, and who are you?
• Why you?
• What is it like/similar to?
• How is it different from the competition?
• How are you going to make money? (Social = become sustainable)
• How can you expand in the future?


Upload your final video submission to YouTube. We will ask you to provide the link to your video for our reviewers.   

Deadline to upload video: Friday, October 6, 2023 @ 5 PM

The submission deadline has passed!


Final Presentations; Wednesday, November 15

Join us as the Finalists pitch their Commercial or Social Enterprise idea in a live final presentation.  Audience members can vote for the FAN FAVORITE!  EVERYONE is invited to attend.

Check out competitions from years past!

See who won, watch the pitches, and get the intel you need to win this year!

2023 Reviewers

Interested in being a part of the Elevator Pitch Competition?  We are looking for Reviewers to watch student pitch videos and help determine which students will advance to Round 3—Finals!  There is no need to come to campus.  The process is easy and entirely remote and can be done from the comfort of your own home or office.  This is your opportunity to get involved!  Won’t you join us? 

Reviewer registration is now closed.

Reviewers who registered can expect to receive their assignments by Oct. 11 via email. 

Deadline to complete and submit reviews:  October 25, 2023


Tim Mech

GCC Professor (Ret.)

Social Entrepreneur


Lynn Bashew ’84

Program Manager

Center for E+I

Craig Columbus


Columbus Macro, LLC


Dorene Powell

Counseling and Education Professional

Vice President, The Grove City Foundation

Board Member, The Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio