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The 6th annual Real Elevator Pitch Competition is open for submissions. Sponsored by Saint Louis University, this contest is open to all college students. Two cash prizes will be awarded to the best business plan pitches.

The Real Elevator Pitch competition takes place on real elevators in the second tallest building in Missouri: One Met Square in downtown St. Louis. Real students deliver real startup pitches to real investors while riding up 40 stories on the building’s elevators.

Submissions are due by Nov. 7, 2017 at 11:59 CST

Saint Louis University staged the first Real Elevator Pitch six years ago and it has been a successful competition ever since.

Startup business pitches can be submitted in two categories: for profit ideas and nonprofit ideas.

To enter the competition, you must submit a 30 second pitch:

1.) Record your video and upload it to YouTube.

2.) Fill out the SUBMISSION FORM

A blue-ribbon panel of judges will select the top 18 that will move on to the Final Round.

The 18 Finalists will be invited to One Met Square building in downtown St. Louis  to pitch to 30+ wealthy judges while riding up and down on 12 elevators.

See the ‘Real’ Elevator Pitch FAQs to help answer any questions you might have or email ecenter@slu.edu for more information.


If you’re an undergrad with a startup idea or business that’s already up and running, you’re invited to apply to the first “Student Pitch-off” at Startup Connection, Nov. 16 at Olin. Pitch teams may consist of up to four students. Businesses can be in any industry and anywhere in the startup process – from ideation to in-market.

Selected student teams will have the opportunity to deliver their three-minute pitch to a panel of judges at the event, Wednesday, November 16 at Washington University. The student teams will compete for up to $1,500 in cash prizes to help move their businesses forward.

To apply, each team should complete this Google Form by November 7, 2016.

Startup Connection gives St. Louis’ top startups the opportunity to present their companies to a packed house of entrepreneurs, investors, and other members of the innovation community. The event combines a startup showcase, resource fair, and is topped off with a fast-paced pitch session.

Read more about the 2016 Startup Connection in this related blog post.

Ideas for startups will be bouncing in the Frick Forum at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4. If you haven’t signed up to pitch an idea, come hear the dozens of ideas students and community members will present to a team of judges. You can checkout some of the ideas that will be bounced  here.

EVCA logo 2Co-sponsored by Olin’s Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Association and the Skandalaris Center, this Ideabounce will award $500 in cash prizes.

IdeaBounce flier