Pace Pitch Contest


About the Contest

The Pace Pitch Contest is based on the Elevator Pitch concept, popular in the venture capital community. It is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur’s idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, which is delivered to potential investors. The premise is that it could be made in a few minutes, should the entrepreneur spot a potential investor on an elevator and have the opportunity to pitch their idea during the brief ride.

Each Finalist will have exactly three minutes to pitch their new venture idea to a distinguished panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience. In addition to broad participation at Pace, we have been pleased to welcome student competitors from a number of other universities, including Columbia, Harvard, MIT, NYU, Princeton, and Stanford.

Each individual/team will have 3 minutes to make a pitch and may use up to 5 PowerPoint® slides. The pitch must be an original concept, created by the presenter(s).

Here’s How to Enter

  • 1. At least one member of your team should meet one of the following two criteria:
    • Full or part-time student currently enrolled in Pace University
    • Recent Pace University graduate (graduated within the past 18 months)

    AND if you have already launched the venture, it must have been in business for less than 2 years and received less than $100,000 in funding.

  • 2. Register online. Each member of the team must complete the Intent to Compete Registration Form at the Ninth Annual Pace Pitch Contest Web site
  • Deadline – (DATE TBA)
  • 3. Submit a biography. Each biography (if competing as a team, each member must submit a biography) MUST be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 200 words. Please be sure to indicate your status as a student (college/university and school, degree, major, full or part-time status, and expected year of graduation) or as a recent graduate (college/university and school, degree, major, and date of graduation).*
  • Deadline – (DATE TBA)
  • 4. Submit an Executive Summary. You should prepare a ONE PAGE Executive Summary to be used on the Pace Pitch Web site and in the printed program.*Deadline – (DATE TBA)
  • 5. Finalist Announcement. The names of the finalists will be announced on (DATE TBA)
  • 6. Submit a photo. If selected as a Finalist or alternate, you must submit a digital photograph (approximately 100 KB – 1 MB in JPEG format) to be used on the Pace Pitch Web site and in the printed program.*
  • Deadline – (DATE TBA)
  • 7. Submit a PowerPoint® presentation. If selected as a Finalist or alternate, you may submit up to 5 PowerPoint® slides to be used with your pitch (the 5 slide maximum includes a title slide and none of the slides may include external hyperlinks, embedded video, or transitions that ‘effectively create’ more than 5 distinct slide images). PowerPoint slides are not required and may not be used if not received by the deadline. Presentations in other formats will not be accepted.*
  • Deadline – (DATE TBA)
  • 8. Make Your Pitch! The finalist/alternate contestant must arrive at the One Pace Plaza, Multipurpose Room, New York, NY. 10038 by  (DATE TBA)



The guidelines to the judging and criteria of the Pace Pitch entries can be downloaded here.

New Business Concepts Pitch Guidelines 


First, Second, and Third place contestants will win cash prizes. The reward amount is TBA.

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