2017 National Elevator Pitch Competition Now Open

By September 18, 2017 Blog, News

Elevator Pitch Submissions Period: 9/18/2017 – 10/6/2017
Elevator Pitch Judging Period: 10/7/2017 – 10/22/2017
Results Announced: Week of 10/30/2017

The 2017 National Elevator Pitch Competition is now open! This is a video submission competition that challenges VE students to make a convincing and engaging “Elevator Pitch” to an Angel Investor in 60 seconds or less. All students are encouraged to participate in this event, regardless of their position in the company.

Consult the Elevator Pitch (Video) Rubric available at Portal / Competitions & Rubrics / Rubrics to review submission criteria, judging criteria, Career Readiness Framework alignment, and the scoring key, review previous elevator pitch videos, review strong pitches made in the real-world, and practice, practice, practice. When you’re ready to submit, use the Competitions Manager.

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Prepare for Your Pitch By Reviewing Past Submissions

You can view previous Top 10% submissions on YouTube and/or Vimeo and we’ve selected the following pitches to help demonstrate what a successful pitch looks like according to the different submission elements.


This student from Nuapps (Francis Lewis HS, NY) provides a good example of a pitch that has been well-rehearsed yet sounds natural and engaging. Notice how he skillfully changes expression, gestures, and pauses as he delivers his pitch.


Use real data to support the reasons an investor should invest in you the way this student from Brooklyn Sweet N’ Savory Catering (Fort Hamilton HS, NY) does in her 2015 submission.

Emphasize how you are unique from other firms as demonstrated by this student from VE Radio (Mt. Miguel HS, California)

Next Steps

You can end with an invitation for further discussion, so the audience knows what they should do next. In her 2015 submission, this student from ReImagin3D (Francis Lewis HS, NY) invites the audience to lunch to talk more about what they can do next.


Don’t just say a speech; be animated and show enthusiasm. Watch how these students from WorldTaste (James Logan HS, CA) do this by smiling and using hand gestures throughout their video.

This student from Repurpose (Greer HS, SC) walks around his firm’s work space as he presents, providing a creative example of engaging the audience’s interest by making use of setting.

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