Elevator Pitch Competition

What can you tell a prospective employer about yourself – your education, your skills, your career goals – in the length of an elevator ride?

The Mike Ilitch School of Business Elevator Pitch Competition is your chance to find out ... and possibly win your share of $1,750 in prizes! The 2017 competition will be held Friday, March 3, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. 

2017 competition schedule

  • The contest is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in the Mike Ilitch School of Business.
  • Participants must attend one of three mandatory workshops to be eligible to compete in the finals. 
    • Thursday, Feb. 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Prentis 25
    • Monday, Feb. 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Prentis 25
    • NEW! Thursday, Feb. 23, noon to 1 p.m., Prentis 21
  • The final competition will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 3, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. A bus will be available to take students to the event, departing at 8:30 a.m.
  • First Prize: $1,000 | Second Prize: $500 | Third Prize: $250

This is a great opportunity to enhance your skills and present your personal elevator speech to an actual employer who will be sponsoring the competition.

Get started

To register for the 2017 Elevator Competition, you must sign up for one of the mandatory workshops. Online registration will open soon. When it does, just follow these steps:

  1. Go to WayneBizCareers.
  2. Select "Student/Alumni"
  3. Sign in with your WSU AccessID email and password
  4. Select "Events"
  5. Select "Employer Events"
  6. Select "RSVP"

What is an elevator pitch?

An elevator pitch or elevator speech is a short (30-90 second) personal statement that summarizes who you are, what you know and what you want to do. The ideal elevator pitch will leave the person you are speaking with impressed and wanting to learn more about you. A well-crafted and delivered elevator pitch is a useful tool that you can use in any number of situations from chance meetings to career fairs to job interview introductions.

Here are a few helpful links to help you develop your elevator pitch:

Main Components of an Elevator Speech
Muma College of Business, University of South Florida

The Perfect Elevator Pitch To Land A Job

How to Prepare a Self-Introduction (Elevator Pitch)
Olin Business School, Washington University

Last year's competition 

Winners of the 2016 Elevator Pitch Competition were Andrew Barr (first place), Kaila Hooks (second place) and Mellanie Spidell (third place). Take a look:

WDIV Local 4

WXYZ Channel 7


Please contact the Mike Ilitch School of Business Career Planning & Placement Office or Undergraduate Student Services Office with any questions about the competition.