my vote by my hand, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Julia Schrenkler’s photostream

Of course many of you will be voting in Pennsylvania’s primary race on Tuesday, April 26th, but after that, you have another chance to vote. MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh will be holding Pitch Fest at Duquesne University also on the 26th. Pitch Fest is their annual Elevator Pitch event (an elevator pitch is a pitch which can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride, say if you happened to run into someone important there). Pitch Fest provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business ideas and then receive constructive feedback from a panel of investors and seasoned entrepreneurs.


My elevator, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Thomas R. Stegelmann’s photostream

Companies will participate first in a Speed Round of 90 second elevator pitches without slides, then there will be a Final Round of five minute pitches with PowerPoint slides. General feedback will be provided by a panel of serial entrepreneurs and investors for the Speed Round pitchers and more detailed feedback given during the Final Round pitchers. Here’s where you come in: Audience members will vote for which companies get to go on to the Final Round pitches.

Participants for Pitch Fest will include the following companies:

D-Power Net
Broken Colors
Temperate Home
AJ’s Paradise
Civic Supply Company
Peregrinator’s Paradise
e. e. books

You can find out more about Pitch Fest and purchase tickets here.

Pitch Fest – MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh
When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Wolfe Lecture Hall, Duquesne University, 700 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Tickets: Purchase here