Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Host 10th Annual Elevator Pitch Competition Forum on Nov. 4

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host the 10th annual Elevator Pitch Competition Forum — a fast-paced contest for Cal Poly, Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College entrepreneurs — on Monday, Nov. 4, in the Performing Arts Center on campus.

The forum — free and open to the public — will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Students will have 90 seconds each to pitch their cutting-edge innovations and business ideas. Judges will select two winners: one from Cal Poly and another from Cuesta or Allan Hancock. Winners will receive $1,000, and the attendees will pick an overall “audience choice,” who will take home $500.

Haley Pavone, the founder and CEO of Pashion Footwear, is the forum’s keynote speaker. Pavone won the 2016 Elevator Pitch Competition with a proposal for convertible heels that has developed into Pashion Footwear, a startup in the CIE’s Incubator program. Since winning the competition, Pavone’s company launched its first shoe and accessory line and was recognized by Forbes as a rising star in the $30 billion women’s fashion footwear industry.

“The Elevator Pitch Competition is a great preview into the beginning of an entrepreneur’s journey,” Pavone said. “It’s awesome to see these students with brand new ideas in the early stages and the enthusiasm that they have around it coming to life on stage.”

The event is sponsored by Glenn Burdette, Wells Fargo, SESLOC Federal Credit Union, the law firm of Carmel and Naccasha, and the Madison family. Advance registration is required. For more information about the event and to register, visit  

About the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The CIE opens a world of entrepreneurial opportunity to Cal Poly students, faculty and community members and promotes entrepreneurial activity and dialogue across the university and throughout San Luis Obispo. For more information, go to

Contact: Candice Conti

October 28, 2019

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