EsportsNext: 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 Workshop

The Esports Trade Association (ESTA) is proud to present a complimentary workshop: 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 who are attending EsportsNext 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 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 will be offered on May 29th and June 26th. 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 2024 conference on July 7-9, 2024 at the Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. Anyone seeking to participate in the Elevator Pitch Competition must submit a written application which will be judged and decided by the judging panel. 


Join the Elevator Pitch today if you need to expand your business or reach new connections! The coach, Sharon Gill, was so helpful and I have been able to grow my business due to the lessons she offered during our class.

Rich Stein

The Esports Trade Association has been a great networking partner for me. The Elevator Pitch was the perfect resource I needed to help me expand my business and tap into new connections.

Christopher Matthews

I participated in the 2021 pitch competition and it was a wonderful experience. As a natural salesman I've pitched my businesses to hundreds of folks and always felt comfortable doing so. The rub is that I generally went off the cuff and didn't have a particularly polished pitch. The pitch class and the amazing Sharon Gill really helped me hone my message and get comfortable pitching a more concise and focused message to potential investors. I'd highly suggest you join in this year if you have a business that could use some cash to grow.

Freddie Halstead
Techie Factory

The EsportsNext Elevator Pitch Competition elevated my skills in pitching while understanding the major needs of investors across the world. The feedback I received from the class prior to the competition helped me polish my presentation in targeting the areas that matter. UGC has grown exponentially in funding and partnerships thanks to the Pitch Competition. I would recommend the coursework, great instructors and competition to anyone looking to elevate their pitch while gaining a deeper understanding of the esports industry's needs.

Matt Jackson
Ultimate Gaming Championship (UGC)

I've always been a person with a lot to say, and that meant having a hard time communicating my business to investors. Through the pitch class, I was able to craft my message better and more concisely, and even though I didn't win the pitch competition, the practice and encouragement enabled me to improve!

Dexter Carr
G-Haven Esports, LLC

Sample Elevator Pitch

Have doubts on how to pitch? View our sample video pitch led by our EsportsNext Spring 2021 Elevator Pitch winner Rebecca Dixon.

Elevator Pitch FAQ

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

Elevator Pitch Winners

Rick Tett

Elevator Pitch Competition Winner
EsportsNext 2023

Marc Rosenberg
The Edge Desk

Elevator Pitch Competition Winner
EsportsNext 2022

Matt Jackson
Ultimate Gaming Championship

Elevator Pitch Competition Winner
EsportsNext Fall 2021

Rebecca Dixon

Elevator Pitch Competition Winner
EsportsNext Spring 2021

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