2017 Causeway Pitch Competition

  • Students receiving award
  • Awards sitting on table
  • Speech give by Dr. Thomas Nelson
  • Male student giving a speech on boat
  • Female student giving a speech on boat
"Don't worry about failure; you only have to be right once" - Drew Houston, Dropbox founder and CEO

The Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MCEI) hosted the second annual Causeway Pitch Competition at Fort Conde. The Causeway Pitch Competition is an elevator pitch competition with a twist. Instead of giving an elevator pitch on an elevator or in a stuffy office, students persuaded Mobile's best business minds while riding the Causeway in a Gulf Coast Duck Boat.

Twenty-nine student teams turned in posters describing their business idea. The posters were then displayed for a week in the Mitchell College of Business. South Alabama professors and some of Mobile’s best business minds came in and judged all twenty nine posters. Twelve student teams were selected to give their elevator pitch on a Gulf Coast Duck Boat. The competitors were a diverse mix, including students from biology, school of computing, engineering, and business. The winners were:

Emma Fairbanks & Neel Patel, 1st Place, Marathon Processes

Anusha Sai, 2nd Place & Social Entrepreneurship, Easy Booking Electronic Bus

Zane Patterson, 3rd Place, Shade Savers

Based on the feedback from the participants and judges, the event was a tremendous success. We are taking their suggestions and are planning to make next year’s Causeway Pitch Competition bigger and better!