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Live Pitch Finals

Saturday, October 16, 2010

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Reception & dinner
8:oo pm – 10:30 pm: Live Pitch Finals
10:30 pm – Live Pitch Bash at Noir Bar, The Charles Hotel

at CGIS South – Tsai Auditorium
1730 Cambridge St., CGIS South Building
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138
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The Live Pitch Finale is open full Summit Registrants (register by Sunday October 10, 2010, the FINAL day for registration) and Finalist Teams.

For all other attendees, admission is $10/pp at the door to join the Live Pitch Finals audience only (reception not included). You will be admitted into the event at 8pm, based on space availability, AFTER full Summit Registrants are seated. Show up early to get in line, as the Pitch is close to selling out. Some of you may be seated in the overflow room with a live feed and projection screen.


Meet the 8 Finalists of the 2010 ELEVATE Pitch Competition!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The numbers have been crunched, the results are in — and our eight finalists who’ll compete in the Live ELEVATE Pitch Competition Finals on Saturday, October 16th, at Harvard University have been chosen!

Congratulations to the following 8 teams below, who were selected by our Semi-Finals judges as the most creative and persuasive pitches — out of over one hundred entries total from around the world.

The competition was fierce: Many unique ideas never even made it to the Semifinal round of 20. But these eight entries now have the chance to win one of the three Grand Prize packages:

  • The AOL Award for Creativity
  • The Perkins Coie Award for Innovation
  • The Dr. James and Ruth Chao Award for Change

Each award includes $2500 in cash, as well as thousands of dollars of in-kind prizes and one-of-a-kind mentorship luncheons with Harvard alumni who are venture capitalists, industry leaders, and influential executives.

The Finalists will be showcasing their ideas in front of a fresh new round of distinguished judges… [more]


Announcing:  The Semifinalists of the ELEVATE Pitch Competition!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Well over a hundred teams led by Harvard Asian American alums submitted an incredibly diverse and compelling array of entries to the first-ever ELEVATE Pitch Competition on September 22nd, 2010.   Submissions ranged from screenplays to startups to social initiatives, and came from graduates and students across all of Harvard University’s 12 schools, and several decades of affiliation.

Now, we’re delighted to announce our 21 ELEVATE Semifinalists, who will be making live web conference presentations this weekend to our second-round panel of judges, who include: [more]


Harvard To Host First Asian-American Summit

Published: Friday, September 10, 2010

Harvard Asian-American alumni from around the world are slated to fly to Cambridge this fall for the first-ever Harvard Asian American Alumni Summit, an event sponsored by the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance.

The summit, which is scheduled to run from Oct. 15 to 17, aims to bring together Asian-American alumni, faculty, students, and staff from Harvard’s schools for a weekend of panel discussions, networking events, and… [more]


CNBC’s Melissa Lee Joins Live Pitch Finals Judging Panel

…“Success in business often depends upon one’s ability to present and effectively persuade, and that’s the key to winning this contest,” says ELEVATE judge Melissa Lee �������95, CNBC’s host of “Fast Money” & “Options Action.” “The ELEVATE Pitch Competition is a great and fun way to catalyze entrepreneurship, idea generation and networking across Harvard’s extended Asian community.  We’re excited to identify the next Asian visionaries to watch.”  [more]