Elevator Pitch Competition

High School Elevator Pitch Competition

The National Strategic Selling Institute is excited to host its inaugural High School Elevator Pitch Competition. The Elevator Pitch Competition is designed to help Kansas DECA members prepare for their 2021 competition season by developing the skills necessary to introduce yourself and your idea in a clear, concise, and comfortable manner. Whether you compete virtually or in-person, having planned and executed a successful elevator pitch provides an incredibly powerful gateway into your Kansas DECA competitive event experience.

General Information

Students are expected to pitch themselves following the recommended template and rubric provided. To help students prepare we have provided resources such as an informational flyer, a template to help students create their Elevator Pitch, the rubric, and example videos. All the resources can be found at the bottom of this page.

When creating the Elevator Pitch video students are expected to be dressed like a business professional and have a plain, non-distracting background in their video.


To submit, each student will have to upload their video submission using the following form. The deadline for submission is Friday, November 20, 2020. The Elevator Pitch should be a minimum of 40 seconds and last no longer than 1 minute. We prefer videos to be submitted as an MP4 file.

Submission Form


Submissions will be split into two different divisions. There will be a Freshman/Sophomore division and a Junior/Senior division. All students earning recognition must meet the Kansas DECA minimum competency policy. There will be three winners from each division. The prizes will be awarded as follows, and each student will have to complete a W-9 to claim their prize.

  • 1st Place: $250 Visa Gift Card
  • 2nd Place: $150 Visa Gift Card
  • 3rd Place: $100 Visa Gift Card

Winners will be determined no later than Friday, December 11, 2020. All students that submit an Elevator Pitch will be awarded a K-State Sales Program T-Shirt as long as they meet the Kansas DECA minimum competency policy. All prizes and t-shirts will be mailed to the student with the information provided in the submission form.


The following information has been put together to help students and educators prepare for the Elevator Pitch Competition.

We have also created example videos for students to watch to gain a better understanding of how to put together their Elevator Pitch.


If you have any questions, please contact Kellie Jackson, Managing Director of the National Strategic Selling Institute, at kelliejackson@k-state.edu or Cecilia Nancarrow, K-State Sales Student, at cecilianan24@k-state.edu.