Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

2013 Elevator Pitch Competition Results

Congratulations to all 2013 Participants!

You accepted to challenge to subject yourself and your business idea to the critique of a panel of judges and a room filled audience- congratulations!

In April, pitches ranged from innovative biomedical devices and smart-phone technology and applications to sustainable processes and systems. Participants did a great job, but a few of the pitches stood out above the rest for how the participants communicated the potential value of their idea or business concept and why a venture capitalist might be willing to invest in their idea.

Students pitching a device for checking pacemaker implants and a sensor for extending battery life in mobile devices took the top prizes at the seventh annual Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Elevator Pitch Competition.

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[First Place Undergraduate Division Winners - Elizabeth Mercer and Johnny Zhang] [First Place Open Division Winner - Wesley Allen]

Biomedical engineering students Elizabeth Mercer and Johnny Zhang won the undergraduate division for the concept Safe Pace, which would help surgeons during an operation determine whether a pacemaker implant was mechanically stable.

Electrical engineering doctoral student Wesley Allen claimed the open division with CommSense, a sensor designed to extend the battery life for mobile devices.

Each first place team claimed $1,000 for their victory.

Michael Young delivered the most entertaining pitch in the undergraduate student category for Matchbox, a mobile device matchmaking application. Holly Chan had the most entertaining pitch in the open division for The Hero Store, a zero-waste grocer that would sell products in recyclable packaging. They each won $500 for their pitches.

In the undergraduate division, Greg Forney finished second and received $500 for H2gO, a refillable water bottle system, and Peter Chen received $250 for third place for Xylamaize Gel, an innovative pharmaceutical material for time-release drug delivery.

In the open division, Somesh Khandelwal was second, garnering $500 for i-Protect, a durable packaging material for military and building construction applications. Ran An was third, receiving $250 for AniDyn LLC, a biological imaging technique for personalized cancer care treatment.

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[Undergraduate Division Winners - Elizabeth Mercer, Johnny Zhang, Peter Chen, Michael Young and Greg Forney (clockwise from the top)] [Open Division Winners - Ran An, Welsey Allen, Somesh Khandelwal and Holly Chan (clockwise from the top)]


Some text originated from Purdue's News and Media Department - Phillip Fiorini. 


Were You Unable to Attend the Competition? 

View this condensed video of the competition produced by ENTR Certificate Recipient and May 2013 Graduate Daus Aziz. 


Thanks to all competition day personnel who made this competition possible!

Master of ceremonies- Bo Dietrick, judges- Don Aquilano, Bob Falk, Doug Gallagher, John Gorup, Julie Griffith, Don Scifres and Ben Wehner, amazing sponsors- Otis Elevator Co., Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Allos Ventures, Indiana Spine Center, Alerding Castor Hewitt LLP, Purdue Federal Credit Union and StepStone Business Partners and the venture capitalists, interacting with participants- Dave Kitchell and Mike Cassidy.


Thanks to everyone behind the scenes who's efforts made this competition so successful!

 Daus Aziz - Rita Baker - Doug Booth - Stroh Brann - Beth Carroll - Mike Cassidy - David Castor - Kerri Clark - ENTR Student Club - Cathy Erickson - Brady Kalb - Pear Kulthanan - Chris MacPherson - Jasmine Mansour-Cole - Chris McEvoy - Erin Meyer (Big Fat Baker) - Dustin Rea - Kara Shufflebarger - Kris Taylor - Jessie Thayer - Freckles Graphics - Outpost Catering - PU Photo Services - PU Printing Services - The Exponent - The Great Harvest

Interested in Supporting Next Year's Competition?

Make a donation today and provide the opportunity for students to showcase their entrepreneurial ideas in the 2014 Elevator Pitch Competition. Contact Jeanette Greener, jgreener@purdue.edu, to make a donation and for other opportunities to engage in the event.



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Click here to view general Elevator Pitch Competition information. Registration for the 2014 competition will open in January 2014.



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