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February 20, 2017 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Category: Workshop
Location: Prentis Building #25 | Map
5201 Cass
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Current Undergraduate Students

What can you tell a prospective employer about yourself - your education, your skills, your career goals - in the length of an elevator ride?

The Mike Ilitch School of Business Elevator Pitch Competition is your chance to find out ... and possibly win your share of $1,750 in prizes! 

2017 competition schedule

  • The contest is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in the Mike Ilitch School of Business.
  • Participants must attend one of two mandatory workshops to be eligible to compete in the finals. 
    • Thursday, Feb. 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Prentis 25
    • Monday, Feb. 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Prentis 25
  • The final competition will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 3, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. A bus will be available to take students to the event, departing at 8:30 a.m.
  • First Prize: $1,000 | Second Prize: $500 | Third Prize: $250

This is a great opportunity to enhance your skills and present your personal elevator speech to an actual employer who will be sponsoring the competition.

Get started

To register for the 2017 Elevator Competition, you must sign up for one of the mandatory workshops. Online registration is easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. Go to WayneBizCareers.
  2. Select "Student/Alumni"
  3. Sign in with your WSU AccessID email and password
  4. Select "Events"
  5. Select "Employer Events"
  6. Select "RSVP"

What is an elevator pitch?

An elevator pitch or elevator speech is a short (30-90 second) personal statement that summarizes who you are, what you know and what you want to do. The ideal elevator pitch will leave the person you are speaking with impressed with you and wanting to learn more about you. A well-crafted and delivered elevator pitch is a useful tool that you can use in any number of situations from chance meetings to career fairs to job interview introductions.

Visit http://ilitchbusiness.wayne.edu/elevator to watch videos of last year's competition! 

Other Questions?

Please contact the Mike Ilitch School of Business Career Planning & Placement Office or Undergraduate Student Services Office with any questions about the competition.

For more information about this event, please contact the Ilitch School Career Planning and Placement Office at 313-577-4781 or bizcareers@wayne.edu.