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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.

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