Schedule set for 4th annual Purdue elevator pitch competition

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The lineup is set for the fourth annual Purdue University Elevator Pitch Competition, slated for 2-5 p.m. Friday (April 2) at Discovery Park’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121.

The competition, themed Stand Up, Stand Out, Go Up, is open to Purdue students and faculty, as well as entrepreneurs from the Purdue Research Parks in West Lafayette and across the state. An awards ceremony will follow.

Seventeen students will participate in the undergraduate student category, and another 12 participants are registered to compete in the division open to faculty members, graduate students and entrepreneurs from Purdue Research Park companies.

Winners in each category receive prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third. All participants receive T-shirts for competing.

The annual contest, organized by Purdue’s Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, gives each participant two minutes to describe a business venture to judges. Three minutes will be allotted for follow-up questions, said Nathalie Duval-Couetil, director of Purdue’s certificate program and associate director of the Burton Morgan Center.

Lead sponsors are Otis Elevator Co. and Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, a law firm with offices in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Research Triangle Park and Washington, D.C. Otis Elevator and Bose McKinney & Evans are marking their fourth year of support for the competition.

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, which is housed in Discovery Park’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, is available to Purdue undergraduate students in all majors. Its purpose is to make entrepreneurship an accessible career option by providing students with the skills and knowledge required to launch new business ventures.

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