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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?

Congratulations to our 2019 EPC Winners!


1st – Audisense, Gabriella Yonkers ’20 (Communications + Visual Arts Major)
2nd – InCase Alex Minotte ’23 (Political Science Major)
3rd – Gecko Sheets, Karsten Lagerquist ’22 (Finance Major)
4th – Easy Tie, Matthew Williams ’23 (Business Analysis Major)
5th – Muse, Laura Mosley ’22 (Communication Studies + Management Major)


1st – FlyMarlee, Peyton Brogran ’22 (Entrepreneurship Major)
2nd – ClayMotion, Meredith Basham ’23 (Marketing Major)
3rd – NGO Source, Nathan Warrick ’22 (Entrepreneurship Major)

Grove City Foundation Social Impact Prize:

Quick Tips, Olivia Whiteman ’23 (Entrepreneurship Major)



Missed it? Watch every one of our fantastic student pitches right here!



Brittany Hampe ’09
Real Estate Investor

Drew McCandless ’84
Retired, President and GM, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Owner, Beans on Broad


Lisa Pritchard
Manager, Olde Town Grove City

Co-Owner, B’Gifted


Dorene Powell
Counseling and Education Professional Board Member, The Grove City Foundation

2019 Commercial Enterprise:

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

2019 Social Enterprise:

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

New in 2019!  Grove City Foundation Social Impact Prize ($250) awarded to a Social Enterprise by the Grove City Foundation.

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