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Elevator Pitch Contest

UWF students and recent graduates are encouraged to participate. Work in teams to pitch your business plans. First, submit a video entry to compete at the finals!


What is an Elevator Pitch?  

An elevator pitch is a short presentation that promotes an idea. At this elevator pitch contest, you will explain and promote your business idea. Your elevator pitch will be delivered in a video and in a face-to-face presentation in front of a panel of judges. Judges will analyze several aspects of your idea, including the business model, the target audience, the brand image, and the forecasted profit. 

The contest has three elements:

I. The first is four Wednesday mini-seminars to help students prepare for the contest.

II. Semi-Finals all participants in the EPC must register and submit a 2-minute video. Experts will judge the videos selecting eight to be finalists.

III. Finalists will present their new ventures to a panel of community entrepreneurs and investors, answer questions and receive live advice and mentoring feedback. Presentations will be 20 minutes. The experience will be like Shark Tank, but with really nice people. Presentations will be March 30, 2019.


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Win A Cash Prize!

1st Place = $2,500
2nd Place = 2 $1,000 prizes
3rd Place = 3 $500 prizes
Honorable mention $250

Plus special cash awards for Best Market Research. What else do participants get? Coffee and donuts and t-shirts!


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How Do You Participate?

This contest is open to all UWF students and recent graduates.

Step 1: Develop a 1 to 2-minute video that explains your business idea. Your video elevator pitch is due March 4, 2019 to the form.

Note: The John C. Pace Library's Skylab has computers with Adobe Creative Suite, the premiere software for your video editing. In addition, there is always someone at the Skylab who can help you with the software. 

Step 2: Finalists will be notified by March 9, 2019.

Step 3: Finalists will present a 20-minute oral elevator pitch on March 30, 2019 in the College of Business (76A/101). Winners will be announced. 


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Mini Seminars

The College of Business will host weekly seminars. These seminars are designed to prepare you for the contest. Pizza will be provided at these sessions.

1st week: 
"What is an Elevator Pitch Contest?" | February 13 | Building 74 | Room 105 | 12:30PM - 1:00PM 

2nd week: "Structuring Your Presentation" | February 20 | Building 74 | Room 105 | 12:30PM - 1:00PM 

3rd week: "Making your 2-Minute Video" | February 27 |Building 74 | Room 105 12:30PM - 1:00PM

4th week:  "Giving a Great Presentation" | March 6 | Building 74 | Room 10512:30PM - 1:00PM   


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Rules & Suggestions:

  • UWF students, graduate or undergraduate and recent graduates (within one year), can compete. All projects must be student-led, but may leverage faculty research.
  • The College of Business requires the contestant’s new venture to be a legal business, and not a charity—a non-profit social entrepreneurship without self-sustainable revenue—or an investment firm.  The contest is for new ventures, startups not already operating commercialized businesses.
  • The presentation must include: the problem/opportunity, market description, student’s unique solution, a two-year income statement, and next steps.
  • If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Dr. Robert Perkins, rperkins@uwf.edu.