Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Join us for the 8th Annual Elevator Pitch Competition

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 2PM in the Burton D. Morgan Building (MRGN) room 121

Awards ceremony will immediately follow the competition in the Burton D. Morgan Building Cafe (MRGN)



Purdue University's Elevator Pitch Competition was created in 2006 and is hosted by the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program. The competition gives participants two minutes to convey the value of their business venture to a panel of judges. There are two divisions in this competition: one for Purdue Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation undergraduate students and another for staff/faculty entrepreneurs, graduate students, representatives from Purdue Research Park companies or Certificate Program Alum. The competition has several sponsors including Otis Elevator Company, now marking its eighth consecutive year.


Prizes in Each Category:

1st Place $1,000
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $250
Most Entertaining $500
All participants will receive a t-shirt


Competition Guidelines & Eligibility:

  • The competition is open to teams or individuals.
  • Individuals can enter the competition each year but cannot pitch the same business venture if that has placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in years prior.
  • At least one team member in the undergraduate division must be currently enrolled or previously enrolled in an ENTR-designated class. All students must be currently enrolled at Purdue.


What is an Elevator Pitch?

An elevator pitch is a concise and well-practiced description of a business venture that you would deliver if you found yourself in an elevator with a potential investor. In 1-2 minutes, your pitch should describe the following:

product or service market and its size plan to make money
leadership team competition competitive advantage



The judging panel consists of experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals. All judges have experience in, or exposure to, successful innovative businesses, early-stage technology development process and understand the research, development, and business-formation challenges faced by different types of businesses.


2014 Judges
John Daniluck Intellectual Property Attorney & Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP Partner
Bob Falk President and CEO of Purdue Federal Credit Union
John Gorup Lead Surgeon, Indiana Spine Center & Investor
Cathy Langlois Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Advancement Center
Oscar Moralez Managing Director of VisionTech Partners
Corey Von-Merveldt Equipment Account Manager for Otis Elevator Company


For more information, contact the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program.


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