Do you have a wild idea? Do you want to win $1000 for it? To compete, you only need to pitch it to us in 90 seconds. No business plan, no slides, no entry fee, just an idea for a product or service.
Imagine entering an elevator with a potential partner or investor, with only 20 floors to spark interest. The 12th Annual Elevator Pitch Competition is designed to simulate this interaction by giving Cal Poly students a chance to pitch their ideas in 90 seconds or less.
Students with product ideas, awesome innovations, a genuine start-up, or just a desire to practice their presentation skills are encouraged to enter.
To enter, you will need to fill out this application, and include a link to a YouTube video of your Elevator Pitch (90 seconds or less).
If you need a recording device, check out the One Button Studio at The Kennedy Library:
- There is no fee for entry.
- Entrants will have up to 90 seconds to present their idea.
- No audio, visual aids, slides, props, notes or handouts allowed.
- The entire pitch must be given by one person only.
- Registrations must be received by Sunday, October 10th at 11:59 PM.
- Submissions may be entered by teams or individuals.
- Each team or individual may enter up to three ideas.
- Each team must have at least 50% full-time students; if you are submitting as an individual, you must be a currently registered student.
- Entries must be the original work of entrants.
- Communication will be through Cal Poly e-mail address and it is the responsibility of the participants to check for correspondence.
- Ideas that have won prize money in a prior year are not eligible to participate unless significantly re-tooled. This will be a decision of the CIE team.
- If chosen as a semi-finalist, the presenting member of the team must be available to present to a panel of judges the week of October 17th, in the SLO HotHouse.
- If chosen as a finalist, the presenting member of the team must be present at the Center For Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s Forum on November 2nd. Failure to show up will result in the forfeiture of any prize won.
- Must be a currently registered student.
The Hatchery is an on-campus program for the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship that fosters entrepreneurship initiatives and the development of student-led startups. The program is open for all Cal Poly students interested in learning about starting a business and how you get from an idea to a company.
Through mentorship, weekly workshops, startup assignments, and an array of other activities and events, students will gain hands-on experience in launching a company. They will develop essential entrepreneurial skills in communication, goal setting, and leadership. The Hatchery bridges the silos that separate students in their respective colleges with the philosophy that multidisciplinary teams are essential to the success of building a business.
The main pillars of The Hatchery include:
- Weekly Workshops– Participants in The Hatchery will meet for weekly workshops designed to provide an interactive framework for teaching entrepreneurial lessons. Instead of the standard “lecture,” mentors will facilitate discussions and activities geared toward various startup topics, such as customer development, pitching, finance, and market analysis.
- Shared Office Space– 24-7 access to The Hatchery will be granted to participating students that have met certain criteria of business development and commitment. Access will be determined by the CIE Innovation Coordinator, Director of Student Innovation Programs and The Hatchery Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) on a rolling basis. Hatchery teams with 24-7 access will be able to use the facility for meetings, brainstorming, and working on their business as well as for networking with other Hatchery teams.
- Peer Network– The peer network that develops organically at The Hatchery is invaluable. Being surrounded by a group of like-minded and driven individuals cultivates a culture of shared-learning and creativity that’s unique to The Hatchery. Roundtable discussions encourage the flow of ideas and allow students to share valuable feedback and knowledge with others in the program.
- Mentor Network– The Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship has established a vast network of mentors in the community, from technology entrepreneurs to accountants and attorneys. The Hatchery engages these mentors through content workshops and founders’ stories sessions, and facilitates the connection with specific teams as needed.