EsportsNext 2022: Elevator Pitch Competition

Do you have an innovative idea, product, service, or social enterprise solution? Do you believe it could be the basis for a successful new start-up in the esports community? Then the ESTA Elevator Pitch is the perfect opportunity to submit your idea for the chance to present it to a crowd of industry professionals. Must register and be present at the conference.

ESTA Elevator Pitch Class

The Esports Trade Association (ESTA) proudly presents: Perfecting Your Pitch! How entrepreneurs seeking outside financing can create, polish, and present an effective sales pitch to potential investors.  


This program is for esports companies or startups with a bold vision for the future, in search of outside investors to help make it happen! It is designed for entrepreneurs who have previously pitched their business ideas unsuccessfully or those who are new to the world of pitching, who desire to learn how to create and deliver a compelling pitch presentation.


Perfecting Your Pitch is a 4-week immersive coaching experience that will teach entrepreneurs how to:

  • Create crystal clarity around their business concepts to be pitched.
  • Deepen their knowledge of what a pitch is and how it works.
  • Create an effective business pitch to grab the attention of potential investors.
  • Deliver investor pitches to live audiences.
  • Incorporate frameworks and tools for effective pitch delivery.
  • Leverage a collaborative community environment (networking and cross-training) among participants.
  • Obtain positive reinforcement for their projects after the course is completed.

The program covers three principal stages of making an effective pitch: (1) Pre-Pitch Preparation (2) Making the Pitch, and (3) Post-Pitch Reinforcement. Emphasis is placed on hands-on training, meaning that participants will actively plan and create their pitches, deliver and refine their pitches before live course instructors, guest instructors, and other participants, until their presentations are polished and ready to be presented to their intended funders.

The classes are scheduled once per week, over an 4-week period, and are 75 minutes in length. The format will be a mixture of lectures from the instructors, question and answer discussions, in-class exercises, live pitch presentations, and simulated pitch presentations.


Please be advised that registration for the Perfecting Your Pitch program does not guarantee your selection for inclusion in the Elevator Pitch Competition, taking place at ESTA’s EsportsNext 2022 conference on August 22-25, 2022 in Chicago, IL. Anyone seeking to participate in the Elevator Pitch Competition must submit a written application which will be judged and decided by the judging panel. 

ESTA Elevator Pitch FAQ

Any questions? Please refer to the FAQ below, if you have any further questions please email us at

Not registered for the conference? Register now and enjoy this exclusive benefit, limited spaces available!

Past Elevator Pitch Winners

Matthew Jackson
Ultimate Gaming Championship

Elevator Pitch Competition Winner
EsportsNext Fall 2021

Rebecca Dixon

Elevator Pitch Competition Winner
EsportsNext Spring 2021

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