October 18, 2022

Mike Ilitch School of Business to host 8th annual Elevator Pitch Competition Oct. 28 at Renaissance Center

Wayne State University students will compete in the eighth annual Mike Ilitch School of Business Elevator Pitch Competition at the Detroit Renaissance Center October 28. 

Wayne State University undergraduate business students will head to Detroit’s Renaissance Center to vie for $1,750 in scholarship money as they compete in the eighth annual Mike Ilitch School of Business Elevator Pitch Competition. During a ride to the top of city’s tallest and most iconic elevator, students will practice their opening lines on Detroit executives.

The students will have roughly 80 seconds during their 72-story ride to summarize who they are, what they know and what they want to do. During the semifinals and final-round judging, executives from Ally, the Detroit Pistons, Eli Lilly, Enterprise, GM, Google, Ilitch Holdings, Lear, Plante Moran, Rocket Companies and UBS Financial will evaluate students on their ability to sell themselves and present a positive, professional-first impression.

Three winners will receive scholarships of $1,000, $500 or $250.

The event is sponsored by the Mike Ilitch School of Business Alumni Council. View highlights of past events at ilitchbusiness.wayne.edu/elevator.

Friday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., each student will have two rides on the elevator with two different judges. The top five students after the elevator rounds will pitch all judges in a boardroom setting. Prizes will be awarded around 12:30 p.m.

Detroit Renaissance Center; meet in the Renaissance Conference Center.

For more information or to attend the event, please contact Madeline Whims, Ilitch School marketing coordinator, at mswhims@wayne.edu 313-623-2038.

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