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ELEVATOR PITCH
The Springboard Elevator Pitch competition is open to all ACU undergraduate or masters-level students enrolled on a full-time basis. There are 4 categories that teams will be able to compete in, all teams who meet the eligibility requirements are able to compete in the Overall Category, but it is not required. Teams will have the ability to participate in one of three sub categories for the event including: Most Innovative Product Design, App or Web Based Idea, or Social Entrepreneurial Venture.
FAQs
Who can participate in the Springboard Elevator Pitch?
The Springboard Elevator Pitch competition is open to all ACU undergraduate or masters-level students enrolled on a full-time basis.
What is an elevator pitch?
An elevator pitch is a concise and well practiced description of a business venture that you would deliver if you found yourself in an elevator with a potential investor. The pitch should describe:
  • Your product or service
  • Your market and its size
  • How you plan to make money
  • Your leadership team
  • Your competition
How many people can make up a team?
Teams may include up to four students who meet the eligibility requirements, but only two students may give the final pitch
When and how will my team make its elevator pitch?
Register your team by visiting this link.
Can I enter in more than one category?
Yes – you are able to enter into the Overall category as well as one sub-category. You must choose between either the Innovative Product Design, App or Web Based Idea or Social Entrepreneurial Venture.
Do I have to select a sub-category to compete in?
No. You are able to compete in only the Overall category if you like.
Do I have to participate in the Overall category?
No. You can choose to participate in one of the three subcategories and not participate in the overall category.
How many teams will advance in the Overall category?
5 teams will advance, each of the 5 final teams will provide a two-minute elevator pitch to the audience and panel of judges.
When will the event take place?
Monday, November 12th from 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Where will the event take place?
The ACU Hunter Welcome Center
I’m not competing, but can I attend the event?
Yes. This event is open to the public.
How does the competition work?
Contestants will each have their own individual booth set up in the Hunter Welcome Center – students will be able to visit with guests and judges regarding the business idea and answer any questions that the attendees might have. The sub-category judges will then select a winner based on a predetermined criteria. The judges for the “Overall Category” will select the top 5 teams to present their ideas in front of the live audience to compete for the grand prize. All winners will be announced at the end of the final pitch presentations.