Perfect Pitch Competition

 

 Click here for 2022 Competition Guidelines


While students traditionally present posters highlighting their research at the conference that ERCs hold each year for their industry partners, asking students to answer the following three questions in 90 seconds—(1) what real-life problem their research addressed, (2) how they solved it in a unique way, and (3) what impact it would have for society and in achieving their Center’s mission—they learn a succinct way of talking about their research in the context of societal needs and the broader impact of their success. These short presentations, or an “elevator pitch,” are organized as a competition among students.

Each ERC holds an internal competition in order to select one winner to send to the finals at the ERC Program biennial meeting, where an overall winner and two runners-up are chosen by a distinguished panel of judges from industry and the venture capital world.

To enhance the esprit de corps within each ERC and create an atmosphere of friendly competition among the ERCs, the specially designed Lynn Preston Trophy is presented to the ERC home of the contest’s first-place winner “for creating a nurturing environment that allowed their student to rise to the top of the competition.” The trophy resides at that center for the following two years.

 

2019 ERC-wide Perfect Pitch Contest Winners:

  • 1st Place: Angela Perantoni, a UC Berkeley PhD student at the Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) ERC       
  • 2nd Place: Tokunbo Falohun, a PhD student at Texas A&M University in the Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP) ERC 
  • 3rd Place: Mariana Marcos, a PhD candidate at University of Texas at El Paso and part of the Nanotechnology-enabled water treatment (NEWT) ERC

A complete table of past winners is posted below.