Orate in Final Rounds of Fast Company’s “Pitch it to Win it” This Week

Fast Company and Hyatt Regency open voting today for the eight finalists in their “Pitch it to Win it” competition. Voting will continue throughout this week until this Thursday, when the final $10,000 winner will be announced. Voting is open to the public and those interested in voting can do so using the following link:  fastcompany.com/elevatorpitch.


  • NOVEMBER 16: TOP 8 (4 from Tysons Corner & 4 from Chicago)
  • NOVEMBER 17: TOP 4 (2 from Tysons Corner & 2 from Chicago)
  • NOVEMBER 18: TOP 2 (1 from Tysons Corner & 1 from Chicago)

The finalists are the top four pitch winners of preliminary competitions held in DC and Chicago at the end of last month. During these preliminary rounds, entrepreneurs were given two minutes to pitch their startup while literally taking an elevator ride with one of the competition’s judges*. Criteria for selection included pitch delivery (40%) and business idea (60%) (1).

This week, bracket-like voting will pin DC and Chicago winners against one another. Among the remaining entrepreneurs is Orate’s CEO, Veronica Eklund (based in DC).

“Public speaking is at the center of everything we do at Orate - and a huge component of personal branding. This is one of the many reasons that we decided to participate in the pitch competition.” Eklund stated.

Orate is an online marketplace that helps event organizers find, vet, and book the most relevant public speakers in a matter of minutes. To stay updated on Orate and for news and information around public speaking and event planning, you can follow Orate on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin. Or, if you have any questions and/or want to know more about how to sign up as a speaker or event professional, please email [email protected].



1. Fast Company, “Pitch it to Win it” | http://fcelevatorpitch.com

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