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BIG IDEA Elevator Pitch Competition

The Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies seek to reward students for creativity, entrepreneurial thinking, and opportunity recognition.

Is two minutes of your time worth $500?

The 5TH Annual BIG IDEA Elevator Pitch Competition sponsored by AJ Properties and 1st Mariner Bank, was held on Thursday April 17, at 9 am in CADE 219, where the top 6 finalists in each category presented their ideas for two minutes followed by questions from the judges for three more minutes.

...and the top three presentations in each category were:

General Category:

Reliable Transport, LLC | Terence Peter

Hydroelectric Downspout | Andrew Davies

Grows with Fido | Victoria Cavanaugh

Technology Category:

Furever Linked | McKenna Clark

The Cyclone | Albert Bathgate

Budget Shoppers App | Kelly Lindsay

When you see these extraordinary students, be sure to congratulate them.

What is an Elevator Pitch?

Imagine you get on an elevator and you find yourself alone with a potential investor, client or business partner. You have until the elevator reaches the 6th floor to explain who you are and what your idea is. At that point the potential investor gets off the elevator, have you peaked his or her interest to want to find out more about your idea? Do you have permission to follow up? The right Elevator Pitch can do just that.

For more detailed information and participation eligibility please open the BIG IDEA 2014 promotional flyerPDF

To participate you must fill out the registration formPDF and submit 4 copies of your original Elevator Pitch BIG IDEA by Thursday, April 3, before 4 pm to Professor Steve Berry in Carrers Building Room 325.

Sample pitches and related content

Check the video to see footage of 2011 BIG IDEA Elevator Pitch Competition at AACC.
Duke University 2009 Elevator Pitch Competition video
University of Michigan 2008 Elevator Pitch Competition video
How to perfect the elevator pitch video
How to craft your 30 second elevator pitch video 
Bloomberg Businessweek The Perfect (Elevator) Pitch article


If you have questions please contact Professor Steve Berry at or stop by The Hatchery and Business Resource Center in CRSC 326.