By Giannina Gonzalez
The Elevator Pitch Competition sponsored by the Wukvich Center for Entrepreneurial Studies was held on March 15. The competition featured about fifty participants.
Participants had 90 seconds to present, or pitch, their idea to a panel of judges. By the end of the event 12 competitors were chosen as finalists. The finalists will advance into the next round on March 22.
The top three pitches will win a cash prize. At the competition it was announced that the first place prize will be bumped from $750 to $1000.
During the event participants were called up to the stage then began their pitches. Participants were warned when they had 30 and 10 seconds remaining, and after 90 seconds they were cut off.
Individuals and groups were allowed to come up with an idea. Groups elected a speaker who would pitch the idea.
Participants all had a unique range of ideas, some specific to Seton Hill or a particular audience and others specific to the world.
“I feel as though my business plan, SherpaChef, is unique in that it rewards people who value nature as an escape from the fast paced technical world with wholesome food and a great dining experience,” freshman and finalist Carolyn Bringe said.
The high turn out allowed the audience to experience the different appeal techniques used by participants.
Some participants appeared as though they had rehearsed over and over, their pitch engraved in their memory. Others used their charisma to win the audience and judges.
A few ideas pitched:
Ultra violet hand sanitized keychain
Getting a big name band to perform at Seton Hill
Specialized backpack for students
College athlete recruitment service
iPod water bottle for runners
Salon in Greensburg
iPad workout that makes the gym fun
Indoor baseball facility in western Pennsylvania
Wedding planner search engine
Energy use monitoring outlet plug
Top 12 finalists
Mystery Men: Jason Fairbaugh, Daniel Gunther, Dan Limbaucher, Tim Montressor
CashSync: Charles Bisel, Heather Bly, Anne Marie Crosby, Martin Sherman
KAMA: Andrew Butler, Melissa Miller, Kim Poling, Allison Sinsi