The 4th annual “Pitch George” elevator competition for graduate, undergraduate and high school students holds its final round Saturday, Nov. 12 with students “pitching” business plans in Duques Hall elevators.
Winners in the graduate and undergraduate categories will receive $2,000 to start up their businesses. The top high school winner will receive $750.
The competition, which is open to individual students or teams of up to three people, kicked off Oct. 30, when entrants submitted executive summaries of their business plans. At least one member of each team must be enrolled at GW (2011-12 academic year) or in a sanctioned high-school program from metro-D.C.
The competition on Nov. 12 kicks off with students’ oral presentations in the semi-finals. The top three finishers in each category will proceed to the finals that afternoon, where they will get three minutes to “pitch” their plans to judges in elevators.
Last year, George Washington University student Stephen Pasinski, 19, won the undergraduate category with his idea for Dog Drinks — flavored beverages for dogs that are fortified with vitamins and minerals and come in portable bowls.
First-place graduate and undergraduate winners will receive $2,000 in seed funding from CFEE to start up their businesses. Second- and third-place winners in those categories will receive $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.
The second- and third-place, high-school winners will receive $500 and $250, respectively. All finalists also receive in-kind prizes, including legal assistance in setting up their companies.