Schindler Elevator Corporation is the North American operating entity of the Switzerland-based Schindler Group. Schindler is one of the leading global manufacturers of elevators, escalators and moving walks. Schindler employs over 6,000 people in more than 230 locations in North America. Founded in 1874 in Lucerne, Switzerland, by precision engineer Robert Schindler, Schindler manufactures, installs, maintains and modernizes mobility solutions for almost every type of building requirement worldwide. www.us.schindler.com

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Elevate Your Pitch 2019 is sponsored by Schindler and administered by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). This elevator pitch competition presents students with a great opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win recognition and earn one of three cash prizes. Submissions should be innovative in nature and should try to solve a unique problem.


/ˈinəˌ vādiv/

(of a product, idea, etc.) featuring new methods; advanced, original, and creative in thinking.

An elevator pitch is a quick description of your business and/or idea in the time it would take to ride up an elevator (60 seconds or less). Presenting yourself effectively is an essential tool in the architectural profession. A well-planned elevator pitch can open the doors to success in your future endeavors. Ideas may be at any stage of development from creation of concepts or ideas to an established business or product. The purpose of a pitch is to quickly get the potential investor’s attention, let them know what you have and what you are offering with the goal of leaving them wanting more.

Elevate Your Pitch 2019 will run from February 19, 2019, to June 1, 2019. The jury will review all submissions and select the three finalists. The finalists will be notified and asked to join us at the AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference where they will introduce their video to compete in the finals.


All information and materials needed to successfully enter in the competition are contained on this page. There is no entry fee required to participate in the competition for AIAS members. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM PCT on Saturday, June 1, 2019.


Need Inspiration? Meet the 2018 Winners!

Eligibility + Requirements

Evaluation Criteria

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Finals in Washington, D.C.