Parks Student Rises to Second Place at Elevator Pitch Competition

December 10, 2012
Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Parks College News

On December 2, Greg Keogh, an engineering graduate student at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, took second place at the first Elevator Pitch Competition, hosted by Saint Louis University’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

After 107 submissions were reviewed through YouTube, 25 finalists were invited to the tallest building in Missouri in downtown St. Louis at 1 Metropolitan Square. Traveling up and down a total of 1,000 floors, finalists had 35 seconds to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to 28 judges. Judges included local business owners and investors from FTL Capital, Pi Pizzeria, Coolfire Media and River City Internet Group.

Keogh’s idea was a dry erase marker refill system:

“It was exhilarating to pitch so many times to so many different people. It helped me make useful contacts both for future customers and for mentors,” said Keogh. “It was really great to have others validate the hard work I’ve put into developing this product.”

A judge was so impressed with the tie-breaking pitch; he offered an additional $2,000.00 to bring the top three cash prizes up to $2,500.

“The first Elevator Pitch Competition gave the finalists a unique opportunity that shed light on their one-of-a-kind ideas,” said Tim Hayden, Director of SLU’s Center for Entrepreneurship. “I’m impressed with the quality and quantity of ideas submitted by Parks College students. Their interest in entrepreneurship and their ability to generate innovative ideas is tremendous.”

The following students from Parks College placed in the top 25: Thomas Combes, Emily Hart, Jacob Howenstein, Ryan Hughes, Brittany Kendrick, Ryan McNeely, Kendra Patton, Manu Posso and Johnny Steenbergen. The Billiken Angel Network, The Coleman Foundation, The Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) Foundation and Regional Commerce Growth Association (RCGA) sponsored the Elevator Pitch Competition.

At SLU, the mission of the entrepreneurship program is to deliver and develop world-class entrepreneurship education for all. Parks College is uniquely positioned to fulfill this mission, forming leaders and educating future engineering entrepreneurs with the technical and business knowledge to make an impact on the world.

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