The Center for Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University helps students — both within the John Cook School of Business and throughout the University — develop their ideas into products. This includes opportunities to network with business owners and win cash prizes.
SLU’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a campus-wide student group supporting entrepreneurship, is part of a national organization whose mission is to give students an opportunity to learn entrepreneurship first hand, beyond the classroom.
Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization helps students connect with the people and resources which can help them get their own businesses started. During the year, members attend a national conference, host presentations of local business leaders, organize an annual event and start student-run businesses.
The Center for Entrepreneurship’s Pitch and Catch competition invites all college students to submit a video of their investor pitch using the guidelines below by 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 3.
A panel of judges will select the top 10 investor pitch submissions. The top 10 contestants will have the opportunity to present their pitch deck at the Final Round on Sunday, April 30 at the Gateway Grizzlies ballpark, where they will pitch from the pitcher’s mound with their PowerPoint presentation cast on the center field jumbotron to a panel of rock star judges that include multi-million dollar investors.
The first-place winner will receive $5,000 and an opportunity to pitch to the Billiken Angel Network. The second-place winner will receive $3,000 and the third-place winner will receive $1,000. All three winners will receive an all-inclusive weekend in St. Louis where we will introduce you to the who’s who of the St. Louis entrepreneurship and investment scene, including leaders from Arch Grants, Cultivation Capital, Capital Innovators and Stadia Ventures.
Create your pitch deck, which consists of the following slides:
Make a seven-minute video of yourself presenting your pitch deck with the slides showing as well. Both you and your presentation slides must be in the video.
Upload your video to YouTube and send a private or unlisted link to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, company/idea name, school and year by the deadline, then watch for the announcement of the finalists.
For more information, email email@example.com.
The Center for Entrepreneurship’s Pure Idea Generator Challenge asks college students to provide an answer or answers to a different challenge each year. Finalists are invited to the St. Louis City Museum’s rooftop where they are given a new problem and placed on City Museum’s three-story Ferris wheel for a 30-minute ride.
At the end of the ride, the finalists pitch their new solutions to some of the biggest names in the St. Louis entrepreneurship scene, including high-profile entrepreneurs and wealthy investors. The top three finalists receive cash prizes.
The annual Real Elevator Pitch Competition invites college students to enter SLU’s twist on the classic elevator pitch competition for a chance to a grand prize. Submissions open Tuesday, Oct. 24.
The competition is open to all colleges and universities. Two types of pitches are considered: for-profit ideas and not-for-profit ideas.
Record your best pitch, upload it to YouTube or Instagram and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 7. After that, you’re entered. Make sure to include:
A panel of judges will select the top 18 pitches, which will move on to the final round. The 18 finalists will be invited to the One Met Square building in downtown St. Louis to pitch to 30-plus wealthy judges while riding up and down on 12 elevators. Email email@example.com for more information.
Any undergraduate or graduate student at any college or university.
Yes, but each entry must be for a different company or idea. Only one entry may be selected for the final competition.
No, you must choose one or the other. If there is a discrepancy, choose the category your idea or company aligns with most.
No. You may create a pitch for an existing business or an idea you have.
Yes, but they must be able to fit in your hands or on your person. Keep in mind you’ll be in elevators with other people, so space is limited.