Celebrating 16 years of amazing elevator pitches!
About the Elevator Pitch Competition (EPC)
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
- 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 will the 2022 Elevator Pitch Competition go down?
September 16: Registration Closes
September 30: Video Submission Deadline
October 21: Finalists Announced
November 9: Final Round
Commercial Enterprise Prizes:
Social Enterprise Prizes:
BONUS: FAN FAVORITE PRIZE–$100
Grove City Foundation Social Impact Prize–$250*
*awarded to one social enterprise team
Color by Note | Naomi Ng ’26 Design and Innovation
Cinq | Joe Gray ’23 Entrepreneurship
Flyer | Caleb Einolf ’26 Design and Innovation
Gunslingers | Ayden Gutierrez ’24 Communication Arts
MadeFree | Sarah Welker ’24 Design and Innovation
Stradivarius Tuning | Jacob Huber ’26 Electrical Engineering
Ease for Ears | Megan Dewing ’26 Political Science
Breathe Easy | Nicholas Heltzel ’26 Undeclared
SoloCollar | Shelton Brower ’24 Marketing
Book N Bullet Foundation | Luke Mantzell ’24 Finance + Entrepreneurship
Rarefinds | Mara Brak ’26 Design and Innovation
Art on Wheels | Mary Golias ’26 Design and Innovation
Adopt a Golfer | Benjamin Lockwood ’23 Finance
Safety Net | Ella Medairy ’25 Design and Innovation
Revelare | Rachel Petschke ’26 Design and 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.
- Name of your venture
- Is it social or commercial?
- Individual/Team Member(s) Information
- Short idea description (1-2 sentences)
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!
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?
The submission deadline has passed!
Final Presentations; Wednesday, November 9
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!
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. 5 via email.
Deadline to complete and submit reviews: October 19, 2022
SOCIAL + COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE JUDGES
Tim Daigle ’84
Senior Business Advisor
Carissa Habsburg ’11
Sisterson & Co LLP
Brian Gongaware ’92
Principal, Regional Managing Director, Director of Advisory Services
McKinley Carter Wealth Services, Inc.
Counseling and Education Professional
Vice President, The Grove City Foundation
Board Member, The Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio