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pitch4 is a student competition that celebrates entrepreneurship, creativity, and the ability to concisely and convincingly sell a new idea. 

March 27th at 5:30pm, Kendade 302

An elevator pitch is an effective and concise speech that sums up the unique and interesting aspects of your idea. It is meant to generate excitement and interest from your audience.At pitch4, we want you to pitch us (and your classmates) your innovative idea for a product or service.

$500 prizes offered in each of the following categories: business/entrepreneurship, social enterprise, audience favorite, and video pitch in any listed category.


  • Your elevator pitch should be no longer than 90 seconds long
  • You may register as an individual or as a team of two
  • You may use a single index card for notes, but no other props or tools are allowed

Judging will be based half on the feasibility of your idea and half on your presentation. The competition is only open to Mount Holyoke students, but all are welcome to attend.

See what the winners of our 20122013, and 2014 competition presented.


90-Second Elevator Pitch Workshop
March 2nd, 4:15pm  |  Rooke Theater Lobby  |  RSVP
An elevator pitch is an effective and concise speech that sums up the unique and interesting aspects of your idea or you yourself. Learn how to perfect this skill at a workshop with Chair of the MHC Theater Department, Susan Daniels. This workshop was organized for the upcoming pitch4 contest, but all are encouraged to attend.

Video Pitch Workshop 
March 4th, 4:00pm  | Dwight 202  |  RSVP
Wish you could create high quality videos to help market and raise funds for your student organization, social innovation, or entrepreneurial venture? Learn best practices for visual storytelling and making high-production videos on a low budget. 

Business Model Canvas Workshop
March 10th, 5:00pm  |  Kendade 305  |  RSVP
With Paul Silva, Entrepreneur and Valley Venture Mentors founder. Learn to turn your passion and ideas into viable ventures from the Valley’s expert on Business Plan Development, and founder of the Valley’s first entrepreneurial accelerator program. Social Innovators and Entrepreneurs are invited to work through the enterprise business model canvas to articulate key partners, required resources, business processes, value propositions, cost structures and fundings streams.

Entrepalooza and Pitch Workshop
March 25th, 4:00pm  |  Dwight 202 |  RSVP
With Elizabeth Long Lingo, Embedded Practitioner in Entrepreneurship. Come and receive personalized coaching, business plan advice, and practice your pitch with other students in this two-hour session.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty, The MHC Entrepreneurship Club, and the Career Development Center.

Mount Holyoke Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards

Deadline: Sunday, March 15, 2015
We are offering cash prizes from $300 to $1000 to honor students who embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and who are intending to start their own business or social enterprise.  These awards are generously sponsored by the Grinspoon Foundation. To nominate yourself, please complete this form where you will provide a short description of 1) your business or social enterprise venture and 2) how you have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit. 

Registration is Closed