For several years running, the MIT Enterprise Forum-Pittsburgh’s Elevator Pitch Fest has invited entrepreneurs to sell their ideas and receive constructive feedback from investors and seasoned entrepreneurs once a year.

Expanding on a good thing, the organization made elevator pitches a regular part of the program. With the 2013-2014 season winding to a close, the final event on May 14 will focus entirely on pitches by Pittsburgh startups.

Technologies, entrepreneurs and teams are invited to participate and get in front of prospective C-level management, advisors, mentors and potential funders.

“The Enterprise Forum has the longest running and broadest-scope elevator pitch event in the region,” says Reed McManigle, chair of the program committee, MIT-Enterprise Forum-Pittsburgh.

“It’s an opportunity for early stage entrepreneurs to get exposure and feedback and for the larger community to learn about some of the most exciting new startups bubbling up in the region.”

The MIT panel of experts includes Larry Miller of Innovation Works, Don Morrison of BlueTree Allied Angels, Mike Stubler of Draper Triangle Ventures and Bobby Zapalla of Thrill Mill.

Participants will vie for one of several prizes, among them 10-12 hours of face-to-face consulting with C-leveled in Bloomfield, along with legal services from Cherin Law Offices and an opportunity to pitch again to Blue Tree Allied Angels.

The pitches will take place on May 14, 5:30-8:00 p.m., at Duquesne University’s Wolfe Lecture Hall in the Bayer Hall Building on the corner of Bluff and McAnulty streets.

MIT Forum members are free. Admission has been reduced to $25 (general admission) and $20 (students). Registration is required.

Deb Smit

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