Congratulations to Aliyah W, winner of the 2013 Elevator Pitch Challenge

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Deja Au Vintage

Zoey W., Age 16

Baltimore, MD

Unique fashion through upcycling

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Hidden Hollow

Katie O., Age 17

Reedley, CA

Hidden Hollow is an event location

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Hope Apparel

Jose G., Age 18

Hawthrone, CA

Apparel line featuring LA art.

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Total Carpentry Design

Gustavo F., Age

Garden City, KS

Custom built hard wood furniture

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Martin's Custom Glass Design

Drew M., Age 16

Newark, DE

Stained glass designs for homes

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Piñata Time

Vanesa G., Age 17

Cleveland, OH

Makes and sells piñata kits

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Aliyah W. had the most unique votes on September 30! She will be getting a giftcard from a NFTE sponsor!

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What is an elevator pitch?

An "elevator pitch" is a carefully crafted message designed to explain a business to a potential investor. The catch — it must be given in the time that it takes to ride up an elevator.

Elevator Pitch Challenge

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship gives high school and middle school students the opportunity to take a sixty second idea, and turn it into an actual business. Each nominee here is either the owner or co-owner of his or her business.


All elevator pitch participants are also competing in the NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, presented by MasterCard Worldwide on October 3, 2013 in New York City.