Celebrating 16 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 will the 2022 Elevator Pitch Competition go down?

Timeline 2022

September 16:   Registration Closes

September 30:   Video Submission Deadline

October 21:  Finalists Announced

November 9:  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



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.

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?

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!

2022 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. 5 via email. 

Deadline to complete and submit reviews:  October 19, 2022


Tim Daigle ’84

Senior Business Advisor

AXIA Consulting


Carissa Habsburg ’11

Tax Director

Sisterson & Co LLP

Brian Gongaware ’92

Principal, Regional Managing Director, Director of Advisory Services

McKinley Carter Wealth Services, Inc.


Dorene Powell

Counseling and Education Professional

Vice President, The Grove City Foundation

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