Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition is Oct. 7`
One of the most exciting annual events on the Michigan Tech campus is coming soon. The Bob Mark Elevator Pitch is where students compete for more than $25,000 in prizes. The event is 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 in the Van Pelt and Opie Library.
Imagine finding yourself alone in an elevator with a potential investor with two minutes to pitch your business plan or idea. That's the premise behind the Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition.
Named after the late Bob Mark, a long-time professor in Tech's School of Business and Economics, the competition includes 25 two-minute business idea pitches. We want to cast a broad net including all Michigan Tech students, no matter what school, major or degree.
Don't have a business idea yet? Come to the library at 8 a.m. Oct. 7 and develop one at the business pitch Hackathon.
Contact Andre Laplume (SBE) for information on pitching and registration.
Categories and prizes include:
- Most Actionable Business: $5000 Berquist Prize (expense account), 1 year Smartzone space and Smart Start Tuition Waiver Silicon Valley Experience ticket
- Best Elevator Pitch: $1000 cash, Silicon Valley Experience Ticket Smart Start Tuition Waiver and Smartzone Virtual Client
- Best Technological Innovation: $1000 cash Sponsored by MEDC, Silicon Valley Experience ticket, free patent discovery from Brooks-Kushman ($2500) and Smart Start Program Tuition Waiver
- Most Disruptive Technological Innovation: $150 cash, Silicon Valley Experience ticket and free patent discovery from Brooks-Kushman ($1500)
- Best Green Innovation: $250 cash and Silicon Valley Experience ticket
- Best Social Innovation: $250 cash and Silicon Valley Experience ticket
- Most Economic Impact on the UP: $100 cash and Silicon Valley Experience ticket
- Best Lifestyle Business: $100 cash and Silicon Valley Experience ticket
- Audience Favorite: $200 cash and Silicon Valley Experience ticket (based on cheers)
Following the 8 a.m. Hackathon, there will be rehearsal at 4 p.m. with the competition at 8 p.m.