Mercer Innovation Center seeks student business ideas for competition

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The Mercer Innovation Center is seeking students with innovative business ideas to participate in its virtual Elevator Pitch Competition to be held Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

Currently enrolled Mercer undergraduate and graduate students from all campuses, majors and class years are eligible to enter. Winners will earn up to $500 in prizes for their ideas.

“The concept behind an elevator pitch is that you could get in the elevator with someone and have explained your idea so effectively and concisely that, by the time you got up to their floor, they would be interested enough to want to learn more,” said Dr. Briana Stenard, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship in the Stetson-Hatcher School of Business.

Students may enter the competition until Feb. 12 by submitting a brief registration form at under the “Elevator Pitch Competition” tab at the top of the page.

Upon registering, a video pitch submission of two minutes or less is due Feb. 19.

The Elevator Pitch Competition precedes Mercer Innovation Center’s annual Next Big Idea Competition, which will take place April 16. Students are eligible to enter ideas into both contests. Next Big Idea entries require a more in-depth pitch, including an online application, one-page business canvas and executive summary.

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