The Springboard Elevator Pitch competition, brought to ACU by the Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy, announced its top 10 finalists Tuesday afternoon.
Jim Litton, director of Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy, helped organize Entrepreneur Week at ACU, which kicked off the challenge.
“For the Elevator Pitch competition, it’s a way for students to take that first step of sharing their ideas and getting some feedback through the competition, have some fun and, possibly, win some money,” Litton said.
The competition allows students of ACU to pitch a two-minute entrepreneur idea in front of a panel of judges. This year, there were about 30 entries.
Out of all of the applicants, only 10 emerged as finalists.
Zach Carstens, one of the finalists and sophomore biblical text and English major from College Station, created “Serial Story” with his brother, Alex.
“Our idea was a self-publishing website, it’s kind of like Netflix but with books,” Carstens said. “So books will be organized like TV shows that anyone can sign up for and write their own stories.”
Finalists will present their quick pitch in front of a live audience and panel of judges at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday in Hart Auditorium. Free lunch will be offered and the public is encouraged to come and support friends or classmates presenting.
A winner will be announced directly after the presentations.
The first-place pitch will win $1,500, with second place receiving $750 and third place winning $250.
There will also be a student choice award, allowing students to choose their favorite idea.
“It’s an opportunity for [the students] to have fun, celebrate their hard work and promote entrepreneurship on campus,” Litton said.