When given the chance to present your business opportunity to wealthy investors, how would you do? That's why we created an investor pitch deck competition like no other.
The students with the best investor pitch decks were invited to GCS Ballpark (home of the Gateway Grizzlies) to pitch from the pitcher's mound with their PowerPoint up on the Diamond Vision in center field. At home plate, sat a dozen multi-millionaires waiting to catch...the pitch.
25 students from around the nation were selected to give their real elevator pitch to real investors on real elevators in Missouri's tallest building (One Met Square). They had 40 floors to impress the investors...before the doors opened.
How do you find the students who can generate the best pure ideas on campus? You blast out a problem across the campus and wait for the students' tweeted solutions. And then you invite the best 24 and their Brainstorm Buddy down to the 13-story City Museum, put them on Big Eli (their rooftop 3-story Ferris wheel), give them a new problem, and give them a 30-minute ride to come up with a new solution. The judges select the top 3...and that's where it gets wild.
After the three winners were selected in SLU's Pure Idea Generator Challenge, they received a surprise challenge. The Mayor of St. Louis (Mayor Francis Slay) congratulated them and challenged them to assist him in solving a problem.