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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 is open to all majors and recent graduates.

It has three elements:

I. 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. Finals: The top entrants 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 10 minutes. The experience will be like Shark Tank, but with really nice people. Presentations will be April 11, 2020, at the Studer Community Institute.



Win A Cash Prize!

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

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


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 8, 2020, 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 11, 2020.

Step 3: Finalists will present a 20-minute oral elevator pitch on April 11, 2020, at the Studer Community Institute. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded.

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Mini Seminars

The College of Business will host weekly seminars in February. These seminars are designed to prepare you for the contest.

1st week: "The Elevator Pitch - Overview and Insider Insights" | February 13 | Building 76A | Room 102 | 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM | Lecture Outline

2nd week: "Making Your Elevator Pitch Great" | February 20 | Building 76A | Room 102 | 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

3rd week: "Creating Your Sizzling Video and Sparkling Presentation" | February 27 | Building 76A | Room 102 | 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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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.


The Elevator Pitch Workshop #1 - Overview and Insider Insights


The Elevator Pitch Workshop #2 - Making Your Elevator Pitch Great


The Elevator Pitch Workshop #3 - Creating your Sizzling Video and Sparkling Presentation