Register now for fall 2019 Elevator Pitch Competition workshops

Mike Ilitch School of Business undergraduate students have the chance to win a share of $1,750 in prize money at the fifth annual Elevator Pitch Competition on Friday, Nov. 8, at Detroit’s historic Guardian Building.

Students have about 90 seconds – the length of a round-trip elevator ride – to give an “elevator speech” about themselves describing their education, skills and career aspirations.

Executives from major Detroit companies will evaluate the students on their ability to sell themselves and present a positive, professional first impression. To be eligible to participate in the finals on Nov. 8, students must attend one of the mandatory workshops and make it through a semi-final round at the Ilitch School.

The workshop options are:

  • Monday, Oct. 21, 1-2 PM, 219 MIKE
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 1-2 PM, 219 MIKE
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, 4:30-5:30 PM, 139 MIKE
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30, 4:30-5:30 PM, 139 MIKE
  • Online Canvas workshop available Oct. 1-30

Students can register for a workshop on Handshake. Log in with your WSU AccessID email and password, select “Events,” select the “Elevator Pitch Workshop” that you wish you attend and select “Join Event.”

The semi-finals are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 3-6 PM at the Ilitch School. Top-scoring students will advance to the finals.

In the final competition on Nov. 8, the top five students as ranked after the elevator rounds will pitch judges in a boardroom setting. Three winners will receive scholarships of $1,000, $500 or $250.

The Elevator Pitch Competition is sponsored by Enterprise and the Mike Ilitch School of Business Alumni Council.

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