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Elevator Pitch Contest

Date: 10/02/2010
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Greater Ft Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
512 NE 3rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Contact: Lexi Matiash
Phone: 305-284-2789

Join The Launch Pad at the University of Miami and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce:

Get ready for the 2010 Elevator Pitch Contest at Global Entrepreneurship Week!

What is the Elevator Pitch?

An elevator pitch is a brief overview of a company, product, service or project, delivered in the time span of an elevator ride (less than 90 seconds). All South Florida entrepreneurs with existing businesses are invited to participate in the contest and entry is free.  Winners will be awarded with generous prize packages as this competition is designed to boost companies to the next level!


Perfect Your Pitch – Workshop on Thursday, October 2, 2010 1:30-4:00 PM

The Perfect Your Pitch workshop is designed to prepare entrepreneurs for the Elevator Pitch contest. The workshop will be two hours, including a 30-45 minute presentation, a break-out session for the participants to work in small groups for practice, followed by feedback.

The workshop will be lead by Melissa Krinzman, Senior Entrepreneurial Fellow, who has a twenty-year history of starting, growing and advising private companies and non-profit organizations and is a frequent speaker on the topic of business plan development. Ms. Krinzman is the Managing Director of Venture Architects LLC, and positions private companies for success in the capital-raising process through the development of business plans, financial projections, and investor presentations. Since 1998, Venture Architects has worked with over 500 companies that have raised approximately $750 million in investment capital.


The Launch Pad Elevator Pitch Contest series – presented by The Miami Herald

  • In 2009, over $85,000 awarded in prizes to finalists
  • Contest open to the South Florida community of entrepreneurs with existing businesses
  • Perfect Your Pitch during workshops lead by Senior Entrepreneurial Fellow, Melissa Krinzman
  • Five preliminary rounds to be hosted throughout South Florida in October
  • Finalists compete in two categories with prizes awarded to the winners of the student and community divisions
  • Finale to be held during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)

The Launch Pad serves both beginning and experienced entrepreneurs, assisting with opportunity recognition, feasibility assessment, and strategy for starting and growing companies or non-profits. We specialize in just-in-time delivery of resources – what you need, when you need it. Visit for more information.