Elevator Pitch Competition

Got an idea that will rock the world? Here’s your chance to get the coin to get started! Apple, Microsoft, Dell, Facebook – they were all founded by students. BC alumni have consistently been involved in high-impact ventures ranging from the founding of Netscape to the creation of the iPod.

At the Elevator Pitch Competition each team will prepare a 60 second pitch for their business idea and will present it in front of a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists, who will determine the best pitches. Cash prizes will be given to the winners. It’s just as easy, and fun, as it sounds.

2020 Elevator Pitch Competition Winners:
1st Place: Cells: Divide & Conquer, Daniel Kabanovsky MCAS '24
2nd Place: My Brother's Friend, Sofia Yepes and Nisha Monim, MCAS '21 and CSOM '21
3rd Place: The Caring Bra Company, Maria Daniela Manzur Martinez, CSOM '21

Click here to hear from the finalists and see the announcement of the winning teams! 


Strakosch Venture Competition 

The Strakosch Venture Competition is a university-wide business plan competition designed to promote and support entrepreneurship at Boston College. With mentoring from experienced alumni and faculty, students develop and implement the skills necessary to start successful businesses. Several sessions throughout the year offer additional coaching and advice from entrepreneurs, law partners, venture capitalists, and other executives.

Business plans are submitted for judging and finalists are chosen to present their plans to a panel of judges consisting of executives and entrepreneurial experts. Team funding will be awarded - winner will receive $7,500, runner-up will receive $5,000, third place will receive $2000 and crowd favorite will receive $500.  Many participants have gone on to leverage their ideas and learning to launch and grow real businesses. 

2021 Winners


GiftPocket, Brooke Yoakam ’24 

  • App to manage all your gift cards.

Second Place:

PXL, Inc., Arhaan Bulchandani ’22 

  • Linkedin meets Upwork for content creation.

Third Place:

Upsurge, Michael Rasin ’22

  • Investing made simple.

Bumpr, Luke Stanise ’24 & Eric Serra '24

  • Uber for advertising revolutionizing out-of-home advertisements.

Crowd Favorite:

My Brother's Friend, Sofia Yepes ’21 & Nisha Momin '21

  • A curated marketplace for artisanal brands.

Click here to view the announcement of the 2021 Winners.


Elevator Pitch Competition

Ready. Set. PITCH!

60 seconds. 15 teams. $1500 in awards.