Day: October 26, 2011

2011 Bob Mark Memorial Elevator Pitch Competition Comes to Michigan Tech

Where can you win $1,000 for just 3 minutes of your time? At the 2011 Bob Mark Memorial Elevator Pitch Competition! Join us on Monday, November 14 in Fisher 139 at 6pm for the fun!

In the competition, contestants have a limited time (like on an elevator ride) to sell a concept to someone who doesn’t have previous knowledge about their business. A three minute time limit is placed on the competitors, who will also be competing for second ($500), third ($250), and audience-favorite ($200) prizes. Please join students, faculty, staff, and community members for this year’s event. You won’t be disappointed!

This event is a tribute to the late Bob Mark, Professor of Practice within the School of Business and Economics and co-director of the Institute for Leadership and Innovation. Mark started and ran the first four years of the Elevator Pitch Competition and brought the Business Plan Competition to Michigan Tech. The Bob Mark Memorial Elevator Pitch Competition and other efforts  support his entrepreneurial spirit that lives on in students, faculty, and staff. Support Bob’s lasting efforts by contributing to this event.

Register Today

Deadline to register is Friday, November 11. Send the names of the presenters and the idea you will be pitching (paragraph or less) to Tanya Maki: Any questions about the competition should be directed to Dean Darrell Radson:

This event is sponsored by the Michigan Tech School of Business and Economics, the Entrepreneur Support Center, Michigan Tech Smart Zone, and the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA).

Winners from the 2010 Elevator Pitch Competition


1st Place: Jess Tompkins pitches Two Bows, an outdoor clothing company for women.


2nd Place: Alex Cotton and Connor Callihan pitch EZ Lock, a technology improving entrance tactics.


3rd Place: Shawn Peterson and Ibrahim Ndaou pitch Yooper T’s, a tee shirt company.


Audience Favorite: Bobby Cheeseman and Dan Madrid pitch Tasty Tape, a new food product.