Entrepreneurship Elevator Pitch Contest

The mission of the Entrepreneurship Initiative is to encourage entrepreneurial activity in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts by fostering an educational environment among participating colleges and universities that informs, supports, and inspires students, and by recognizing and awarding students who display entrepreneurial spirit.

The 2021 Live Elevator Pitch Competition for the best “Collegiate Pitch in the Valley” is sponsored by these community banks:
Berkshire Bank, Country BankPeoplesBank,
People's United Bank, and Westfield Bank
Pitch Contest:
Students with a unique business or product idea pitch the idea in 90 seconds in front of a live, virtual audience for prize money!
All contestants submit a 90-Second video of a unique business idea.  Video submissions are reviewed by a panel of bank judges who determine the finalists. Finalists pitch live during the Virtual Celebration of Entrepreneurial Spirit on April 28th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Pitch Judges and sponsors are community bankers who are accustomed to making decisions regarding new business ventures.
Selection of Contestants:
Each of the 14 participating college and universities selects one student to compete (2 from UMass)
Pitch Contest Rules:
  • The Pitches are unique business ideas which must be doable and marketable
  • Each contestant has 90 seconds to present their business idea
  • Participants can use a 3x5 note card but are not allowed to use technology or props
Judging Criteria:
Judges will choose the winners - 40% on presentation and 60% on feasibility and creativity of the idea.
  • All contestants will receive $100 
  • Eight finalists will deliver their pitches live on April 28th for an additional $250
  • A prize will be awarded for the audience favorite  
  • The 2021 Pitch Contest Winner will be determined by bank judges and will win an additional $500


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For more information please contact Cari Carpenter: cari@hgf.org or 413-276-0831.

Participating Colleges

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