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About the Elevator Pitch Competition (EPC)

Sponsored by local coffee shop Beans on Broad

The Grove City College Elevator Pitch Competition 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 participate in the Business Plan Competition


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?

2018 Elevator Pitch Winners


Social Enterprise:

First place ($500) – Jordan Wirth ’19, an International Business major, for Cup of Joy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit café that employs adults with disabilities and supports similar organizations in the developing world.

Second place ($400) Emily Geiger ’20, an Entrepreneurship major, for Hesed, an anonymous app for sexual assault victims that helps provide faith-based resources and redemption.

Third place ($300) – Kaylee Grieb ’22, an Accounting major, for Free for Lunch?, an app that helps college students connect for meals while on campus

Commercial Enterprise:

First place ($500) – Lindsey Cummings ’22, an Entrepreneurship major, for Build A Bra, an online personalized bra design company.

Second place ($400) – Tate Ostrowski ’22, a Marketing major, for AR Construct, which allows construction workers to create a 3D map of projects to make work safer and more efficient.

Third place ($300) – Peyton Brogan ’22, an Entrepreneurship major, Package Safe, providing a solution to combat package theft.

Fourth place ($200) – Amanda Mayer ’22, an Entrepreneurship major, for AK on Wheels, a food truck that serves Alaskan Cuisine to the people of the Lower-48.

Fifth place ($100) – Julia Roper ’20, a Spanish major, for Liquid, a bottle equipped with vertical hot and cold compartments to carry liquids of two different temperatures at one time.

2019 prizes will be similar to last year.



2018 Commercial Enterprise:

1st Place–$500
2nd Place–$400
3rd Place–$300
4th Place–$200
5th Place–$100

2018 Social Enterprise:

1st Place–$500
2nd Place–$400
3rd Place–$300

Full details regarding the format and logistics of each round along with tips and resources can be found here:

Deadline to register is Oct. 4.