Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MCEI) hosted the first Causeway Pitch Competition on Veteran's Day at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. The Causeway Pitch Competition is an elevator pitch competition with a twist. Instead of giving an elevator pitch on an elevator or in a stuffy office, students persuaded Mobile's best business minds while riding the Causeway in a Gulf Coast Duck Boat. Yes, a duck boat!
Thirty five student teams applied over five weeks, and the day of the event, 22 teams showed and competed for $2,000. The competitors were a diverse mix, including students from biology, nursing, school of computing, engineering, and graphic design, as well as our entrepreneurship and business students. While the entrepreneurship students prepared all semester, the MCEI conducted eight pitch bootcamps for the non-business students to teach them how to pitch and to sharpen their skills. The winners were:
Kobi Bell, 1st Place, Hygiene Dispenser
Raphaela Reiner, 2nd Place, Student Cars
Blakney Barrett, 3rd Place, Climax
Mike Jeffries, Social Entrepreneurship, Dog park with water access
Based on the feedback from the participants and judges, the event was a tremendous success. We are taking their suggestions and are planning to make next year’s Causeway Pitch Competition bigger and better!