Have you ever had the perfect idea for a product or service, but you only need a little starting money? Have you ever wanted to test your pitch skills? Have you ever wanted to practice self-confidence in front of a crowd?? The The Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation has the perfect opportunity. Annual Elevator Pitch Competition for all aspiring entrepreneurs.
Think shark tanks, but Grove City College style. You take your idea, record a two-minute pitch and it is viewed by a review panel consisting of alumni and other friends at the center. If your pitch rate is high enough, you will advance to the final round! The final round is held at the Stitch Speech Hall in front of the crowd and the winners are selected there.
This year Lift pitch competition It started with 130 participants and narrowed down to 16 finalists under the Department of Commercial and Social Enterprise. The 2021 sponsors were Beans on Broad and Grove City Foundation. The The Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation has really worked to make this program a success today!
This year’s elevator pitch competition was judged by a respected group. Commercial and social enterprise judges were Colin Albright, John Hen ’89, and Dan Mosgrove ’16. Doreen Powell was the judge of the Social Impact Award.
The room was lively and buzzing with the excitement of the first private lift pitch competition in two years. But thanks to the Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation and the sincere efforts of those who helped judge the first-round pitch, the program is back to better than ever.
The finalists come to the front stage and pitch them one by one. After discussions and some difficult decisions, the judges returned to the main chamber.
The winners of the Commercial Enterprise category, from 1st to 5th place, were Madeline Fry, Micah Fazekas, Caroline Dawson, Shelton Brower and Mark Wilhelm. Madeline’s pitch was for her company called Greener Packaging, a biodegradable packaging that is currently being shipped daily to replace all waste packaging.
The winners in the Social Enterprise category, from first to third place, were Peter Judge, Molly McCommons and Logan Richardson. Peter’s pitch was for his company Mosquitocide, a mosquito trap designed to attract mosquitoes only and not any other type of bug.
The Grove City Foundation Social Impact Award went to Logan Richardson and his idea, Code Purpose, a platform for companies to list their various coding and software needs so they can connect with developers seeking experience. Fan Favorite Prize Gos Minotto and Peach for Vibe, a pair of glasses that can change everything for a person with ADHD in a completely natural way.
Elevator pitch competition is one of the many ways The Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation is trying to equip Grove City College students for success.