Fifth Annual Pace Pitch Contest

[Tiffany Rad]
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  New Business Concepts - OpenOtto - Tiffany Rad (BS Carnegie Mellon University, MA St. John's College, J.D. University of Maine School of Law, MBA University of Phoenix)

Social Ventures - - Eric Steele (BS Indiana University) and David Isserman (BS Indiana University, MBA candidate at Columbia University)

  [Eric Steele]
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>> View photos and highlights from the Pitch Contest


[Fifth Annual Pace Pitch Contest]
Presented by:
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in association with:
The Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Sponsored by Meredith Financial Group

Thursday, December 4th, 2008
5:00 p.m.- 7:45 p.m.
Schimmel Center, 1 Pace Plaza, NYC
Featuring Keynote Speaker Gurbaksh Chahal, founder, Blue Lithium (acquired by Yahoo for $300 million)
[Fifth Annual Pace Pitch Contest]
Click to watch Gurbaksh Chahal's Keynote Speech (Windows Media Player)
The Pace Pitch Contest is based on the Elevator Pitch concept, popular in the venture capital community. It is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur's idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, which is delivered to potential investors. The premise is that it could be made in a few minutes, should the entrepreneur spot a potential investor on an elevator and have the opportunity to pitch their idea during the brief ride.

At this year's Pace Pitch Contest, five finalists in the New Business Concept category and five finalists in the Social Venture category will each have exactly three minutes to pitch their new venture idea to a distinguished panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience. In addition to broad participation at Pace, we have been pleased to welcome student competitors from a number of other universities, including Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford.

The Keynote Speaker will be Gurbaksh Chahal. Gurbaksh, or "G," started his first venture, ClickAgents, at the age of 16 and sold it two years later to ValueClick for $40 million. In 2004, he formed Blue Lithium, another Internet advertising network, which was acquired by Yahoo in 2007 for $300 million. In October, Gurbaksh appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and released his book, The Dream. He will star in the new Fox primetime network show, Secret Millionaire, which premieres in December.

The Judging Panel includes Steve Brotman, Chief Managing Director of Greenhill & Co.; Matthew Commons, CFO of FloDesign and winner of the 2008 MIT Clean Energy Entrepreneurship Prize ($200K); William Potter, Chairman of Meredith Financial Group; David Rose, Chairman of NY Angels; and Lori Smith, a partner at the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP.



  • 5:00 – 5:30 Registration and Book Signing by Gurbaksh Chahal
  • 5:30 – 6:00 Introductions and Keynote Speaker
  • 6:00 – 6:45 Ten Finalists make their Pitch
  • 6:45 – 7:00 Break
  • 7:00 – 7:30 Judging Panel Discussion and Critique
  • 7:30 – 7:45 Awards Ceremony

$1,000 for the winning Social Venture entrant

$1,000 for the winning New Business Concept entrant


For additional information, please contact

Bruce Bachenheimer,

Clinical Professor and Director of Entrepreneurship @ Lubin:

Tel: (212) 618-6663
Fax: (212) 618-6664
Address: Pace University
Lubin School of Business
Department of Management, Room 342
163 William Street
New York, NY 10038


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