Bulldog B.I.T.E.

Bulldog BITE

Bulldog B.I.T.E.
Business Innovation by Truman Entrepreneurs

An Elevator Pitch Competition for Truman Students

With the financial and professional support of alumni Doug and Diane Villhard, Truman State University  hosts an annual Bulldog B.I.T.E  elevator pitch competition during the spring semester. This competition gives participants an opportunity to pitch a for-profit or not-for-profit concept. Judges selected six teams to attend a live pitch competition to present their concept to a panel of judges. The top three finalists receive seed money to pursue their ideas.

The competition is open to any Truman student or team of Truman students (up to three members) enrolled during the 2018 spring semester. A student or team may submit only one pitch concept for the competition. Participants may pitch a product, service idea, or solution to a problem facing humanity.

What is an elevator pitch?

An elevator pitch outlines the concept or idea for a product, service, or project in a short period of time, typically from thirty seconds to three minutes. The length of the pitch mirrors the time spent waiting for and riding an elevator in a high-rise building. The purpose of the pitch is to spur the interest of a potential investor or financial backer. A good pitch highlights the key aspects of the concept.

See Rules and Competition Format.

Rules & Competition Format


1st Place:   $3,000
2nd Place: $2,000
3rd Place:  $1,000

For More Info

Email Anastasia Tiedemann, atiedemann@kirksvillecity.com or Dr. Debra Kerby, dkerby@truman.edu

Bulldog BITE 2018 winners
From left to right, Jim Cunningham (’97), Jonathan Scheeler, Doug Villhard (’94) and Daymond John pose for a picture as Scheeler accepts his prize.

2018 First-Place Winner

Congratulations to Jonathan Scheeler, who won first place in the 2018 Bulldog B.I.T.E. elevator pitch competition.

View all winners of the Bulldog B.I.T.E. Elevator Pitch Competition»