The Pitch George Elevator Competition encourages students to develop entrepreneurial ideas and "pitch" to a team of judges, gaining valuable feedback and experience along the way. Open to GW undergraduate and graduate students, the competition awarded cash prizes to the top three finishers in each of the three tiers, as well as a Fan Favorite award in each tier.
Congratulations to the 2013 winners!
1st PLACE UNDERGRADUATE WINNER: Mobile Farmers Market
Mobile Farmers Market founders Lulu Ma and Yuchen "Felicity" Xie accept their $2,000 winning check from Dr. George Solomon.
1st PLACE GRADUATE WINNER: Replica
Replica founder Brandon Minor accepts his $2,000 winning check from Dr. George Solomon.
In addition to the $2,000 cash prize, the 1st place graduate and undergraduate winners automatically advance to the semi-finals of the GW Business Plan Competition, where they have an opportunity to compete for cash prizes totaling $101,000!
Congratulations to all teams who placed in the competition:
2nd Place - Cecillia Ramirez, Carne Asada
3rd Place - Christina Nanfeldt and Michael Rickert, Studentstart.it
Fan Favorite - Ji Yeon Jung, JiYeon's Tea Thermos
2nd Place - Tanya Taylor, LuckiPets
3rd Place - Ryan Mentock, FoodRunnes
Fan Favorite - Kevin McCarthy, Craft/Work
Thank you to the Judges!
CFEE would like to extend their appreciation to the judges who participated in the event. Their knowledge and expertise provided invaluable feedback to the student teams. The judges for the 2013 Pitch George Elevator Pitch Competition included:
Amy Millman, Springboard Enterprises
Ayman El Tarabishy, The Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence & ICSB
Ben Detofsky, YMC
Colin Gutman, Acceleprise Ventures
DJ Saul, iStrategyLabs
George Solomon, The Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence
Ian Fitzgerald, LeadFox
Jim Chung, GW Office of Entrepreneurship
John Rollins, The George Washington University
Kim Bryden, Kitchensurfing
Mary Galeti, The Tecovas Foundation
Matt Coursen, Jones Lang LaSalle
Matt Levenson, Moocho
Maxwell Wessel, SAP
Michael Colonnese, WorkAmerica
Peter Weissman, Blank Rome LLP
Sheetal Singh, The George Washington University
Thank you to all who participated to make the 2013 Pitch George Elevator Pitch Competition a success. We already look forward to hearing more pitches in 2014!