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Columbia-Harlem SBDC
Columbia Business School
3022 Broadway
310 Uris Hall
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-6444

Hours of Operation

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Pitch Workshop Series and Competition


What is the pitch workshop?

The Columbia-Harlem SBDC Pitch Workshop Series and Competition is for clients of the SBDC with deep knowledge of their business.  The workshop is comprised of a small group of entrepreneurs who will learn basic pitch tactics and work with their peers to refine their technique over the course of a month.  They will meet again to finalize their pitches.

Every six months, workshop participants will be invited to compete for the Capital One Award, a cash prize designed to help move small business forward.

What is an Elevator Pitch?

An elevator pitch is a verbal summary of your idea, product or business model.  You pitch to someone you are trying to influence during the time span of an elevator ride from 30 seconds to two minutes.  Ideally, your audience should be so compelled by your pitch that they request an extended meeting.

How can I participate?

If you are a current or past client of the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center, speak with your business advisor. If you are not a client and need assistance with business planning, development or expansion, please go to our website and sign up for an appointment.  

Why should you learn to Pitch?

It is important to communicate your business effectively.  Whether you are speaking with family and friends, potential customers or investors, it is important to appear confident and excited about your business.  You never know when a new opportunity will come along!

Results of Third Annual Competition

February 23rd, 2015

1st Place: Marina Lebron, The Prisoners Green Market 

2nd Place: Greg Broom, Mix Craft Cocktail Mixtures 

3rd Place: Dana Pagar, Teachley


Sponsored by Capital One 

Capital One Investments