Students get 90 seconds to pitch ideas for potential prize

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s not really a university class, but it is an opportunity to learn more in a minute and a half than many classes may offer in a semester.

The University at Buffalo is hosting the second annual Elevator Pitch Competition Wednesday, April 16, at 1 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre on UB’s North Campus.

Seventy-five student teams have signed up to pitch business ideas or ideas that provide solutions to real-world challenges in just 90 seconds before a panel of judges. Notes, props, or slide shows are not allowed. This is just a measure of a contestant’s ability to think on his/her feet and sell it.

There’s money at stake. The first place team gets a cash prize of one thousand dollars supported by the Bruce Holm Memorial Catalyst Fund.

The contest is sponsored by the UB Entrepreneurship Academy, the UB Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach, and the UB School of Management.

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