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Elevator Pitch Competition

At York College, we challenge our students to think outside the box - like pitching a business idea in under three minutes!

Do you have an idea for a new business? Can you pitch your new idea in three minutes or less? Would you like an opportunity to win up to $1,000 in cash? 

If you answered yes then the YCP Student Elevator Pitch Competition is for you! The deadline for first round entries is April 18. The live pitches will be held on April 27 at 4:30 p.m. in the Weinstock Lecture Hall.

Hosted by the J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Graham School of Business

Pitch Judges
2014 Winners

2013 Elevator Pitch Winners: Y-FI

2013 Elevator Pitch winners, Kyle Musco and Andrew Komar have successfully started their business, Moena, LLC in the J.D. Brown Center Incubator.
  • Kyle and Andrew have since gone through the Ben Franklin Technology Partner’s TechCelerator, a technology-based economic development program that offers an entrepreneurial "boot camp.”
  • Y-Fi is an initiative to provide York City with free public wifi. We aim to accomplish this by providing businesses across the city with access points to form a massive wireless mesh network.

2015 Elevator Pitch Competition Winner

The music app NoiseHub not only won the competition in 2015, it's already getting a bit of interest from computer giant Apple Inc.
  • Its creator, freshman and York resident Alyssa McDevitt, said after the event that she had the idea in mind when she attended Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco last June
  • She'd won a scholarship to attend the event for free, and was so inspired afterward that she took "a complete shot in the dark" and emailed company CEO Tim Cook to tell him about her NoiseHub app.
  • Soon after — in a dream scenario that would make any first-year computer science major envious — McDevitt got a reply from iTunes inventor and Vice President of Consumer Applications Jeff Robin.

All About the Competition

  • Preparing Your Elevator Pitch

    Preparing Your Elevator Pitch

    Creating an effective elevator pitch addressing the three key factors:

    1. What is the problem?
    2. How do you solve it?
    3. What do you need to make it happen?

    This is a great way for student entrepreneurs to vet their business ideas quickly and effectively.The YCP Student Elevator Pitch Competition will place students and their ideas in front of a qualified panel of judges made up of entrepreneurs, investors and people who can help make it happen. (IMPORTANT: You will be given up to 3 minutes to make your pitch) In addition to judging the competition, the panel will give immediate feedback on the ideas and presentations. Think of "the pitch" as the first step towards creating the business of your dreams -- and if you're successful pitching it, we will help you complete the idea and further assist you in creating your new venture.

  • Submit your Idea

    Submit your Idea

    We've updated and streamlined our process! Click here to submit your idea via our webform. Top participants will then be invited to pitch in front of our panel of judges. 
    Deadline for first round entries is April 18, 2017. 

  • The Pitch

    The Pitch

    Students who are selected to participate in a live pitch to our judges will be contacted via email. The live Elevator Pitch Competition will be April 27 at 4:30 p.m. in the Weinstock Lecture Hall located in the Willman Business Center. 

    To determine the winners, participants will be assessed on the following criteria:

    1. Innovativeness
    2. Potential commercial impact
    3. Effectiveness of presentation
  • What Do I Win?

    What Do I Win?

    A cash prize up to $1,000 will be award to the winners. 

    The top three participants many also be invited to use dedicated work space in the Business Incubator Clients at the J.D. Brown Center for the duration of the spring semester (and beyond, if qualified). They will be afforded all of the same benefits as any incubator client company in order to better refine their business idea to make it a reality!

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