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!
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.
Fall 2017 competition details
- The contest is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in the Mike Ilitch School of Business.
- Participants must attend a mandatory workshop and a semi-final round on campus to be eligible to compete in the finals.
- The final competition will take place in a Detroit elevator with executives from top companies.
- 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.
Stage 1: Attend a mandatory workshop.
To register for the fall 2017 Elevator Pitch Competition, you must first sign up for and attend a mandatory workshop. Online registration will open soon. When it does, register for one of the following workshops on Handshake:
- Monday, Oct. 2, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 15 Prentis
- Monday Oct. 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 21 Prentis
- Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1-2 p.m., 21 Prentis
Stage 2: Pitch to faculty in the semi-final round.
Put on your suit and deliver your pitch to Ilitch School faculty members. You'll be scored; top performing students will advance to the finals.
- Monday, Oct. 23, 3-6 p.m., McGregor Memorial Conference Center
Stage 3: Vie for the prize!
If you make it to the finals, you'll be invited to the finals at Detroit's historic Guardian Building. You'll ride the elevator with Detroit executives as you deliver your pitch in a real-life setting.
- Friday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Guardian Building
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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