IFE Announces Fall 2023 Elevator Pitch Competition Winners

The Institute for Entrepreneurship recently hosted the Fall 2023 Elevator Pitch Competition finals online. 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.  

JCU's Elevator Pitch Competition goes online
JCU’s 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. Just over 50 students from all majors participated, honing their public speaking skills. The unique creativity, sense of humor, and engaging presentation style have truly set the pitches selected apart from the rest.

Each of the winners will receive a €100 Amazon voucher. The recipient of Professor’s Choice will receive a €50 Amazon voucher. This semester, the winners in each category were:  

  • Social Innovation / Advocacy: Arina-Mariia Polishchuk delivered a call for action to save nature in Tuscany.
  • Business Idea: Giordana Paternò, illustrated an idea for a product that substitutes alcohol. 
  • Personal Pitch: Alyssa Fell, whose professionalism and clear exposure of how her skills match the position sought are likely to give her an edge in any interview.

Special Mention goes to:

  • Business Idea: Davide Ebraheem, who proposed an app aimed at increasing marine environmental awareness.

Watch the winning pitches.