IFE Announces Spring 2022 Elevator Pitch Competition Winners

The Institute for Entrepreneurship hosted the Elevator Pitch Competition finals online again this year. The videos of the finalists, previously selected by an academic jury, were posted on Facebook and submitted to the popular vote, generating thousands of engagements in the JCU extended community. This semester, we have two winners for the best Business Idea.

Elevator Pitch Competition

Elevator Pitch Competition

An Elevator Pitch is a quick way of communicating the fundamental elements of a project, a business idea, a social cause, or even one’s professional qualifications and capturing the other person’s attention to prompt him/her to action. In the JCU format, students have one minute to advance their idea as convincingly as possible. Nearly 100 students from all majors participated, honing their public speaking skills.

This semester, the winners in each category were:

  • Social Innovation/Advocacy: David Simpson delivered a compelling pitch to raise awareness of homelessness in the world.
  • Business Idea: Virginia Moranti presented an idea for a line of organic cosmetics.
  • Business Idea: Flavia Del Prete pitched an idea for a sunscreen-vaporizing cabin that significantly reduces plastic consumption.
  • Personal Pitch: Juju Ferreira shared how she captured an opportunity presented to her during lockdown to acquire useful media and communication skills in the service of a local business.

In the category of Faculty Choice for Special Mention:

  • Nicholas Modlin presented a convincing pitch advocating for G.E.M., the Girls Empowerment Movement, an organization that supports local communities by providing mentors and school supplies.
  • Clark Barrett gave an engaging presentation advocating for the inclusion of Sign Language instruction in school curricula at all levels.

Each winner will receive a gift certificate for the value of €100.