Ilitch School's Elevator Pitch Competition returns to Renaissance Center March 3

On Friday, March 3, a select group of Wayne State University business students will head to the Renaissance Center to vie for $1,750 in scholarship money as they compete in the second annual Mike Ilitch School of Business Elevator Pitch Competition. In the city's tallest and most iconic elevator, they'll practice their opening lines on Detroit executives during the course of a ride to the top.

The students have the 80 seconds ride up the Renaissance Center's 72 stories to give an “elevator speech” about themselves, describing their education, skills and career aspirations. Executives from Ally Financial, Quicken Loans, Comerica and Chrysler will evaluate the students on their ability to sell themselves and present a positive, professional first impression. 

The competition begins at 10 a.m.; students will participate in several rounds of elevator rides with executives from Ally Financial, Comerica Bank, Quicken Loans and Fiat Chrysler. The top five students after the elevator rounds will pitch all judges in a boardroom setting. Three winners will receive scholarships of $1,000, $500 or $250.

In order to participate, students must attend one of three mandatory workshops to be eligible to compete in the finals. The workshops are on Feb. 16 and Feb. 20 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Prentis 25, and Feb. 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in Prentis 21. Students can register for one of these workshops on WayneBizCareers.

The Elevator Pitch Competition is sponsored by the Mike Ilitch School of Business Alumni Association.

2016 Mike Ilitch School of Business Elevator Pitch Competition