Registration now open for YEC’s Elevator Pitch Competition

Travis Wright and Joel Comm of The Bad Crypto Podcast at the 2018 Young Entrepreneur Convention.

Registration is now open for the Elevator Pitch Competition at the fourth annual Young Entrepreneur Convention.

This year’s pitch competition will offer up to $50,000 in prizes.

The competition will run throughout the day on April 27, with the final round being held on the main stage at 4:15 p.m. Registration for the competition is limited to the first 30 participants that sign up and all participants in the pitch competition must have a ticket to attend YEC.

“The pitch competition has really grown to be our signature event. In terms of participation and prize value, there is not another single-day elevator pitch competition anywhere that is bigger than ours,” said Andrew Zalasky, co-founder of Young Entrepreneur Convention. “It takes a fair amount of resources to coordinate, but having the opportunity to hear the pitches–especially those in the final round–makes it all worth it. The innovation represented in our pitch competition is remarkable.”

The convention will kick off on the evening of Friday, April 26 with an opening keynote by Mike Draper followed by a social. Then will be a full day of programming on Saturday, April 27.

In addition to pitch competition, Saturday will include a panel discussion, exhibitors and time set aside specifically for networking. Other keynotes will include Robin Chase, founder of ZipCar; Ryan Gerhardy, founder of Pitchly; and Michael Lawrence, founder of BluJaket.

“We have worked really hard this year to narrow our focus on keynote speakers who our audience can relate to,” Zalasky said. “Each of our speakers has been where our audience members find themselves today. They have started from square one and built companies. We are excited to share this kind of insight with Iowa’s next generation of founders.”

The event is at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames, making it the first year the convention will be held in Ames. Tickets are now available for $99.