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5th Annual BIG IDEA Elevator Pitch Competition

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

Sponsored by AJ Properties and 1st Mariner Bank


Do you have a new or innovative idea to improve a product or service? Do you have a wild idea for a new business? Here's your opportunity to pitch it to experts! Register in either the general category or the technology category. The top three ideas in each category will receive $500.

Thursday, April 17 | CADE 219 | 9 a.m.
The top three finalists in each category will be announced at the end of the competition.

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.


4TH Annual BIG IDEA Elevator Pitch Competition

The 4th Annual AACC's BIG IDEA Elevator Pitch Competition was held on Thursday April 18, at 8 am in CADE 219, where the top 12 finalists presented their ideas for two minutes followed by questions from the judges for three more minutes.

...and the top three presentations were:

GrasShop | Paul Sinclair

Safety Stick | Susan Rivera, Stella Hamilton, Marie Spiess and Anthony Fabi

The Ultimate Grabber | Jerome Loyd

And last but not least, The Student’s Choice Award was given to:

The Quick Fix Filler | Brandon Lantz, Maha Abufares and Sarina Outen

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