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October 16, 2017 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Category: Other
Location: Prentis Building #21 | 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! 

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 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.

Fall 2017 competition details

  • The contest is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in the Mike Ilitch School of Business.
  • Participants must attend a mandatory workshop and a semi-final round on campus to be eligible to compete in the finals. 
  • The final competition will take place in a Detroit elevator with executives from top companies.
  • 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 Detroit executive at the competition.

Stage 1: Attend a mandatory workshop.

To compete in the fall 2017 Elevator Pitch Competition, you must first sign up for and attend one of the following workshops:

  • Monday, Oct. 2, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 15 Prentis
  • Monday Oct. 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 21 Prentis
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1-2 p.m., 21 Prentis

To sign up:

  • Go to https://wayne.joinhandshake.com/login  
  • Sign in with your WSU AccessID email and password
  • Select "Events" 
  • Select the "Elevator Pitch Workshop" that you wish to attend
  • Select "Join Event"

Stage 2: Pitch to faculty in the semi-final round.

Put on your suit and deliver your pitch to Ilitch School faculty members. You'll be scored; top performing students will advance to the finals. 

  • Monday, Oct. 23, 3-6 p.m., McGregor Memorial Conference Center

Stage 3: Vie for the prize!

If you make it to the finals, you'll be invited to the finals at Detroit's historic Guardian Building. You'll ride the elevator with Detroit executives as you deliver your pitch in a real-life setting.

  • Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Guardian Building


Please contact the Mike Ilitch School of Business Undergraduate Student Services Office with any questions about the competition.

For more information about this event, please contact Undergraduate Student Services at 313-577-4505 or businessinfo@wayne.edu.