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 scholarship money!
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.
Main Components of an Elevator Speech
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The Best Elevator Pitch
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How to Answer: Tell Me About Yourself.
Please contact the Mike Ilitch School of Business Career Planning & Placement Office or Frederick Hessler Student Success Center or email email@example.com with any questions about the competition.
On October 23, 2020, the Elevator Pitch Competition finals were held virtually via Zoom with executive judges from Ally, Deloitte, Detroit Pistons, Eli Lilly, Ford, Google, Owens Corning, Paramount Marketing Group, Plante Moran and Quicken Loans.
- First place, $1,000, Jenae Lodewyk
- Second place, $500, Rujula Lnu
- Third place, $250, Merisa Candic
On November 8, 2019, the Elevator Pitch Competition finals were held at the Guardian Building with executive judges from Ally, Deloitte, Detroit Pistons, Enterprise and Google.
- First place, $1,000, Jenae Lodewyk
- Second place, $500, Farouk Barakat
- Third place, $250, Jenna Stafford
- Top freshman, Julianna Spirou
On November 2, 2018, the Elevator Pitch Competition finals were held at the Guardian Building with executive judges from Ally, Enterprise, General Motors, Plante Moran and Quicken Loans.
- First place, $1,000, Jenna Stafford
- Second place, $500, Stella Van Acker
- Third place, $250, Anthony Giordano
On October 27, 2017, the Elevator Pitch Competition finals were held at the Guardian Building with executive judges from Deloitte, Fiat Chrysler, Quicken Loans and the Ilitch School's Alumni Council.
- First place, $1,000, Ashley McAdoo
- Second place, $500, Brandon Hejza
- Third place, $250, Kaila Hooks
On March 3, 2017, the Elevator Pitch Competition finals were held at the Renaissance Center with executive judges from Quicken Loans, Ally Financial, Fiat Chrysler and Comerica Bank.
- First place, $1,000, Marseda Kavalli of Royal Oak
- Second place, $500, Robin Nickell of Portage
- Third place, $250, Danny Callahan of Chesterfield
Winners of the 2016 Elevator Pitch Competition were Andrew Barr (first place), Kaila Hooks (second place) and Mellanie Spidell (third place). Take a look:
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- The contest is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in the Mike Ilitch School of Business.
- Participants must attend a mandatory virtual workshop and pass through a preliminary round of judging to be eligible to compete in the finals.
- The final competition will take place virtually with executives from Ally, Deloitte, the Detroit Pistons, Eli Lilly, Ford, Google, Plante Moran, Owens Corning and Quicken Loans.
- 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 actual Detroit executives.
Stage 1: Attend a mandatory workshop.
To compete in the fall 2020 Elevator Pitch Competition, you must first sign up for and attend a mandatory virtual workshop. The workshops will be held via Zoom and Canvas (students can register for a workshop with their WSU AccessID email and password via Handshake):
- Monday, Sept. 28, 1-2 p.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1-2 p.m.
- Wednesday, Sept. 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 2, 1-2 p.m.
- Online Canvas workshop available Sept. 28 – Oct. 9
To sign up for a workshop:
- Go to https://wayne.joinhandshake.com/login
- Sign in with your WSU AccessID email and password
- Select "Events"
- Select the "Elevator Pitch Workshop" that you wish to attend
- Select "Join Event"
Stage 2: Submit your pitch and pass preliminary judging
Students will be given instructions on creating and uploading their videos into Canvas by Friday, Oct. 9. Students will be notified by Sunday, Oct. 18, if they have made it to the final round, which will take place the morning of Friday, Oct. 23.
Stage 3: Vie for scholarships!
If you are chosen as a finalist, you'll be invited to compete for scholarships of $1,000, $500 or $250 on the morning of Friday, Oct. 23.