The SLU Student Competition is an Elevator Pitch like no other. The initial competition will take place through 30-second video submissions. A group of judges and people’s choice will narrow the ideas down to 25. Those 25 Finalists will be invited to One Metropolitan Square Building (the tallest building in Missouri) on Dec 2, 2012 where they will pitch to 25 judges on actual elevators.

Elevator Pitch YouTube Submission

Individual students (no teams) will upload a 30-second elevator pitch on their idea/business. To enter the competition, SLU students will send a link to with a request to be included in the Elevator Pitch competition. The videos and voting will be housed on the Center’s YouTube ( channel and Facebook page (

  • Submissions are due by Sun, Nov 18, 2012

25 contestants will be selected to the Final Round of 25 in one of two ways:

  1. 20 pitches will be selected by a panel of judges, or
  2. Five pitches will be selected through ‘Peoples’ Choice’ – the total number of YouTube/Facebook ‘likes’


Elevator Pitch Final Round Live Event – One Metropolitan Square building

  • Sunday, Dec 2, 2012 from 8:00-10:00a
  • Registration will start at 8:00a in the lobby
  • Competition will start at 8:30a

In the tallest building in Missouri, we have 10 elevators secured for the competition and 25 judges. We will start with 10 contestants getting on an elevator in the building’s lobby with 2-3 judges on each elevator. The elevator will travel up 30-seconds (approximately 30 floors). When the elevator doors open, the time to pitch has run out, and the contestant must exit.

Each contestant will exit that elevator and move to the next elevator, where they will conduct their pitch again to new judges as they travel down 30-seconds to the building’s lobby. This process will be repeated until all judges have heard each contestant’s pitch. This means each contestant will pitch 10 times.

Refreshments and snacks will be served in the lobby, and an award ceremony will be held in the lobby after the competition concludes.


  • First place – $2,500 and the opportunity to pitch to the Billiken Angel Network
  • Second place – $2,000
  • Third place – $1,000
  • Remaining 22 contestants – $250



Learn to create an Elevator Pitch from the master by clicking here.