2017 National Elevator Pitch Competition Now Open

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.

Go to Competitions Manager to Submit Elevator Pitch

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.

Competitions Manager

National Online Competitions Main Page

Competition Results

Watch Top 10% Pitches from 2016 National Elevator Pitch Competition

2013 Perfect Pitch Winners Announced

2013 Perfect Pitch winners

Between October and December 2013, VEI students submitted 60-second videos pitching their VEI firms. Judges from Long Island University evaluated the videos and commented that the top pitches included strong and creative business concepts, had clear descriptions of the firm’s products and/or services, and presenters demonstrated confidence in their delivery.

After careful review and consideration of the submissions, the top 5 2013 Perfect Pitch winners are:


1st Place
Demi Yurcisin
Adventure Outdoors Company
Academy of the Canyons, Santa Clarita CA

2nd Place
Julia Taormina
Summit Group LLC
Pequannock Township HS, Pompton Plains NJ

3rd Place (tie)
Tim Burklow
Summit Group LLC
Pequannock Township HS, Pompton Plains NJ

3rd Place (tie)
Mikey Reisner
Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, IL

5th Place
Emily Borovskis
Finish Your List
Pequannock Township HS, Pompton Plains NJ


The top winner will receive an iPad Mini, 2nd place will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card, and the 3rd – 5th place winners will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Each participant will also receive a gift from LIU for entering the competition. VEI would like to thank Kenneth Colwell, Ph.D., Dean of LIU’s School of Business, Public Administration, and Information Sciences and the following judges for lending their time and expertise to review the Perfect Pitch submissions.

List of Judges

  • Herb Sherman, Professor and Chair of Managerial Sciences, LIU Brooklyn
  • Mohammed Ghriga, Professor and Chair of Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, LIU Brooklyn
  • Ling Zhu, Assistant Professor of Management, LIU Post
  • Nada Kobeissi, Associate Professor of Management, LIU Post
  • David Jalajas, Professor of Management, LIU Post

Can You Make The Perfect Pitch?

Long Island University and Virtual Enterprises International announce The Perfect Pitch, a video submission competition that challenges VEI students to make a convincing and engaging “Elevator Pitch” in 60 seconds or less.

If you are already registered for the competition, which means you would’ve received an email confirmation, the deadline to submit is December 3.

Why an Elevator Pitch? What is It?

I’m the CEO of a large investment firm known in every corner of the world. I’ve been on the cover of Forbes, Time, Business Insider, Inc. and have feature stories nearly every week in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. My firm is responsible for funding hundreds of businesses in every imaginable sector.

You have a great idea you know will transform the world, but you lack the resources to turn that idea into reality. You work on the 50th floor of an office building in New York City and on one seemingly average morning, you’re thinking through how to get investors for your genius idea when I happen to step onto the same elevator. You recognize me immediately. You know I hold the key to providing you the necessary resources to build your dreams. Your palms are sweaty, your throat is dry, but this may be the only time you ever see me in real life, so you need to pitch your idea in an interesting enough way to raise my eyebrows and concise enough to finish before our elevator ride.

You don’t have much time. The clock is ticking away.

So…what do you say?

If you’re prepared, you’re going to make what’s known in the business world as an “Elevator Pitch,” which is a brief presentation about one’s business, product, or service. It’s called an Elevator Pitch because it should be shorter than an average elevator ride (roughly 60 seconds). It must be attention-grabbing, persuasive, interesting, and succinct. A compelling elevator pitch should answer the following questions:

  • What exactly is your company’s product or service?
  • Who is your primary customer group and what important problem do you solve for them?
  • Why will they choose you and not another competitor or alternative solution?
  • What makes you or your team uniquely qualified to get the job done?
  • What is the projected return on investment for investors?

Best of all, Elevator Pitches aren’t just limited to selling business ideas; they can be an extremely useful method to present oneself professionally during interviews and job networking situations.


The Perfect Pitch Competition is open to high school juniors and seniors enrolled in Virtual Enterprise classes. Students enrolled in Virtual Enterprises classes will pitch their VE business; Entrepreneurship students will pitch their own business venture.

Submitting the Video (new process as of 11/22/13)

Due to upload restrictions with our Vimeo competition account, the submission process has been slightly altered.

1. Upload your students’ videos to Vimeo or YouTube.


Video Title: Student Name – The Perfect Pitch 2013
Description: Student Name, VE Firm name, School, City, and State.


2. Fill out this form with the link to the video included (using Student Information I emailed previously).


Judging Criteria

Pitches will be judged by the Deans of Business and distinguished Business faculty from LIU Brooklyn and LIU Post, each of whom have leadership experience in business. To determine the winners, the judges will select the most compelling pitches – the ones that make them want to hear more about the venture. That means what you say is important, but so is how you say it. Participants will be assessed on the clarity and effectiveness of the presentation as well as the poise of the presenter.


1st Prize – iPad Mini
2nd Prize – $100 Amazon Gift Card
3rd – 5th Prize – $50 Amazon Gift Card

Each participant will receive a gift from LIU for entering the competition.


About Long Island University

Long Island University (LIU) is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive private universities with locations and programs spanning the New York metropolitan area, overseas and online. World-class faculty, small classes and résumé-building, hands-on learning experiences are the hallmarks of an LIU education. The University offers nearly 500 academic programs and educates over 24,000 students in degree-credit and continuing education programs in Brooklyn, Brookville (LIU Post), Brentwood, Riverhead, and Rockland and Westchester (LIU Hudson). Its international unit, LIU Global, provides a wide range of study abroad options at overseas centers in China and Costa Rica, and through programs in Australia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and, beginning in 2015, Europe. The accomplishments of more than 191,000 living alumni are a testament to the success of LIU’s mission of “Access and Excellence.” The institution also provides enrichment for students and neighboring communities, including the excitement of NCAA Division I and II athletics, internationally acclaimed arts programming at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and the nationally-renowned George Polk Awards in journalism.

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