University of Delaware

Delaware Environmental Institute

Pitch:90

No props, no slides — only words! A Pitch:90 contestant faces the panel of judges at DENIN’s annual research elevator pitch competition.

Quick! The elevator doors close and you have the next 90 seconds to tell the person standing next to you about your research. What do you say? Why does your research matter?

While few “elevator pitches” actually take place in elevators, there are numerous situations in which being able to explain your research clearly, concisely, and engagingly will be important to your success.

That’s what DENIN’s Pitch:90 competition is all about.

It’s a fast-paced speaking competition in which student researchers describe their work in 90 seconds or less to a panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience.

It’s designed to be an entertaining, rewarding way to give science and engineering students a chance to develop their communication and presentation skills while showcasing their research. 

Peer coaching sessions are provided to help contestants perfect their pitches prior to the competition. A panel of 20 judges assembled from UD and local businesses, nonprofits, schools, and government agencies rate each contestant’s 90-second pitch. At the end of the night, cash prizes are awarded to the top five contestants, including the grand prize of $500. All contestants receive a Pitch:90 t-shirt and jump drive — and everyone gets to attend a fun after-party!

Pitch:90 takes place in mid-November on the University of Delaware’s Newark campus and is open to the public — you’ll be amazed by some of the outstanding work our students are doing! 

News for Pitch:90 Contestants

Registration for Pitch:90 begins in September — check back here for more information during the fall semester! In the meantime, check out all the winning pitches from our 2017 competition on YouTube, including our first-place winner below.

Click to play video Pitch 90 2018 First Place Winner