The JCU Elevator Pitch Competition
An Elevator Pitch is a quick way of putting across the fundamental elements of a project, a business idea, a social cause or even one's professional qualifications and capturing the other person's attention to prompt him/her to action. The JCU Elevator Pitch Competition is intended as a vehicle to encourage students to develop this specific skill and test it in a competitive environment.
In our contest, the Elevator Pitch takes the form of a one-minute, no visuals presentation in front of a jury. This is the most brutal form of pitch, students who master this can face anything! Intimidating as it might seem, the Elevator Pitch is an opportunity for students to become better speakers in a world that requires a high level of persuasive abilities.
The Pitch is designed to reinforce one of John Cabot graduates' watermark characteristic: poise and an ability to interact with the outside world in a professional manner. It is embedded in several courses as part of the overall assessment, to guarantee appropriate training. In addition, students are provided with the opportunity to practice their pitch and receive feedback by attending sessions organized by SpeakUp.
Participants can choose among these three categories:
Business: you aim to persuade investors to support your business idea financially.
Personal: the candidate's answer to the interviewer's question "Why should I hire you?".
Social Innovation and Advocacy: this may be a social startup (i.e. a business idea that incorporates social impact), a pitch for a social or charitable cause with a strong call to action (eg. donate, join, change habits, promote, etc.) or even promoting one of the JCU student clubs.
The winners in each of the three categories will receive a certificate and prize of either a €100 Amazon voucher or a donation of €100 in their name to a charity of choice.
To submit your pitch
To submit your pitch, fill out the Elevator Pitch Competition Form. Dates for workshops, deadlines for submission and other relevant information provided in the Form.
Meet some of our past winners
"I struggle with speaking in public, even though I have a lot to say. Never did I think I could actually win the competition. This experience has taught me how limiting fear can be and has made me more confident about myself."
"Because it is so short, only one minute without visual aids, the pitch really helped me identify the core values of my business idea. I believe that it helped me not only define the product, but also our target market." - Read Abby's full Interview
"The Elevator Pitch is a great way to practice your public speaking skills, skills that you will use interviewing for jobs, or simply interacting with people in the business world." - Watch Gina's full Interview
"I think it was a great opportunity because not only did I gain confidence, but it
also helped me understand how to be persuasive. Plus, I learned it is not really about
how good your idea really is, success is based on the way you present it to others"
- Read Lucio's full Interview