• Elevator Pitch 2020


    Imagine walking into an elevator and finding yourself face-to-face with a Venture Capitalist, CEO or hiring manager of your dream job. Do you have what it takes to pitch your business or professional skills before they reach their stop? Give it a shot in LaunchNET's annual Elevator Pitch competition.


    $1,000 in cash prizes with awards going to best business pitch, best personal pitch, and audience choice!

  • Event Schedule

    Important Elevator Pitch Dates

    Oct. 10 - videos due

    Oct. 13-18 - voting/judging of pitches on www.ksuelevatorpitch.com


    by Oct. 21- finalists notified


    Oct. 26, 5:00pm - "live" pitch via Zoom (register to attend finals)

  • FAQs

    How does this work?

    Applicants have the opportunity to submit their 90 second business/idea or personal/career elevator pitch. This year, there will be two rounds: a virtual vote and a "live" Zoom final pitch. We are asking those interested to submit their 90 second elevator pitches via YouTube or Vimeo links. We will then have a voting round with 10 finalists selected for the final pitch on October 26! Additionally, we will have an audience choice award.

    Who can pitch ?

    The competition and pitching portion of the event is open to Kent State University students only. This includes students from all majors, class levels, and campuses.

    Who can attend?

    Anyone is welcome to attend the final event and also to view/vote on the pitches.

    What should I wear?

    There is no specific dress code for the event. For those pitching we recommend wearing whatever helps you communicate your company or personal brand. This can be professional dress, jeans and a t-shirt from your business, or whatever you see fit. The focus is on your elevator pitch and communicating your brand!

    Is this really in an elevator?

    Typically yes, but this year we are holding the event virtually. Finalists will be given an awesome elevator background for Zoom.

    Who are the judges and how are they rating pitches?

    The panel of judges is made up of local entrepreneurs and KSU staff. They will be looking at professionalism/polish, salesmanship, content, and time management. Because these are only 90 second pitches, the biggest question/determining factor will be deciding which entrepreneurs/presenters they would most like to follow-up with.

    What are the prizes?

    There is a prize pool of $1,000. The $1,000 will be split between a best business and best personal pitch, audience choice, and any runner-ups (if applicable).

  • Additional Questions

    Please feel free to reach out to the LaunchNET team with any other additional questions you may have