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!
Enter Your Idea
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.
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.
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!
1. Reserve the One Button Studio Online
- Reserve the One Button Studio online: One Button Studio Reservations
- The One Button Studio is available during library hours
- Reservations available in 30-minute blocks, up to 3 blocks per day
- No food or drink is permitted in the Studio
2. Go to the One Button Studio, Room 304 in Kennedy Library
- IMPORTANT: Your Flash drive must be formatted with FAT32
- How to format FAT32 on a Mac
- USB Flash drives are available for purchase from the vending machine in the 24-hour room on the first floor
3. Record Your Video
- Insert your USB drive into the white USB dock to activate the Studio camera and lighting
- Press the large silver button to start/stop recording
- When finished recording press silver button
- What for the onscreen prompt to remove your Flash drive
- Remove Flash drive from USB dock to deactivate the Studio camera and lighting