Ends in 3 days, 18 hours

Do you have a wild idea? Do you want to win $1000 for it? All you have to do is pitch it to us in 90 seconds. No business plan, 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 8th 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 vide 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, props, notes or handouts allowed.
  • The entire pitch must be given by one person only.
  • Registrations must be received by Friday, October 19th 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 on Thursday, October 25th between 5:00 and 8:00PM, 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 Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Failure to show up will result in the forfeiture of any prize won.
  • Must be a currently registered student.