Elevator Pitch Competition

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This could be you!

Together with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Cal Poly Entrepreneurs, we invite students to share their big ideas in 90 seconds.

No business plan, no entry fee — just an idea for a product or service.

Imagine entering an elevator with a potential partner or investor, with only 20 floors to spark interest. The 6th Annual Elevator Pitch Competition is designed to simulate this interaction by giving Cal Poly students a chance to pitch their ideas in 90 seconds or less to an audience. Students with product ideas, crazy innovations, a genuine startup, or just a desire to practice their presentation skills are encouraged to enter. Have an idea about how to make your life or someone else’s life better in the world or at Cal Poly? We want to know!

Share your idea in 90 seconds

Upload your pitch online now!

An elevator pitch is a 90-second (max) presentation someone gives about their idea, product, service, or business to gain interest from potential customers, partners or investors — enough for them to say, “Tell me more.”

To enter the competition, you must submit a video of yourself pitching your concept by midnight, October 14th, 2015.

Win cash prizes

1st Place: $1,000

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $250

Freshman award: $500

Audience choice award: $500

For more information, including key dates, go to the Elevator Pitch Competition.

Record your pitch at the One Button Studio

Need a good place to record your pitch? Kennedy Library’s One Button Studio in Room 304 includes lighting, camera and audio equipment. Just push one button and everything you need is activated. Push the button again and you’re finished. Bring a thumb drive to save your file so that you can upload it later!

One Button Studio is open Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm, starting October 1. Reservations are in 45-minute increments (15 minutes for checkout) on the hour. There is a 2 session maximum per person per day.

Pitch Perfect Video Competition

The Orfalea College of Business generously sponsored Kennedy Library’s student video competition for six years (2009-2015). Watch the winning videos below.

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Dean Scott Dawson with PolyProjects student team (2015).Watch the winning videos:













2015 winners

“PolyProjects” by Kathryn Cassidy

“Expand” by David Quiray

“CoLab” by Ashlee Lam


“Brilliant Minds” by Sean Christensen

“PolyPaths” by Jenna Hoffman

2014 winners

2014 theme: You’re the consultant. What opportunities do you see to improve services through partnership and innovation?

“Hands On” by Jenna Hoffman

“Spark” by Paige Thornley

“The Brightest Minds” by Sarah Islas

“A Beautiful Mind” by Tiffany Kinson

“PolyProjects” by Kathryn Cassidy

More about the winners

2013 winners

2013 theme: You’re an imagination architect. Imagine your dream library.

“Kennedy is my Boyfriend” by Lindsey Lewis

“DayDreamers” by Sven Le

“Finding Home” by Russell Holliday and Matt Erich

“My Dream Library” by Chelsea Kitta

More about the winners

2012 winners

2012 theme: Make a pitch for Kennedy Library in 60 seconds.

“Sanctuary” by Andrew Mai (LAES)

“Study Meets Play” by Ruben Custodio (GRC)

“Why We Love Kennedy Library” by Darryl Williams (BUS)

More about the winners

2011 winners

2011 theme: Kennedy Library—Thirty years in the making. What’s next?

“Time Flies” by Buddy Bump

“Marley’s Angels” by Ruben Custodio

“The Most Interesting Man in the Library” by Miles Fairchild

2010 winners

2010 theme: Hidden treasures within Kennedy Library

“Priceless” by Paul Cha

“Living in the Kennedy Library” by Colin McGuire

2009 winners

2009 was the first year of the video competition. See the winning entries on the Cal Poly You Tube Channel.

Winning Videos

  • “Home Sweet Home,” Kirsten Peterson, Director
  • “March to the Library,” Mike Deagen, Director
  • “Cal Poly Film Club Video,” Vicki Lindem, Director