The Launch Pad at UM annouces the finalists for the 2010 Elevator Pitch Contest

The Launch Pad at the University of Miami is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 Elevator Pitch Contest sponsored by The Miami Herald. Over 140 businesses entered, and after four preliminary rounds held throughout South Florida, just 22 contestants remain. These finalists will compete for over $100,000 in prizes. The best community and student 90-second pitches win! The finale will be held Tuesday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Miami – Storer Auditorium, School of Business Administration. The contest is open to the public. All are welcome to cheer on South Florida’s entrepreneurs!

Community finalists:

Paulette Bethel, Gym in a Shoe

Jesus Cedeno, Go Learn Toys

Bernard Klocman, Emergency Medical Technologies Marcos Menendez, Momares Laura Paresky Gould, Alphabet Goods Chris Payne, Regal Spri Creative Group Chuck Pheterson, Totally Bananas Matthew Rosenberg, Game Juice Gerald Rowley, Maximo-Diesel Joe Russell, Sho Ie Auto Parts Alex Suarez Montshein, Words to Live By Jason Weber, Fingerlings

Student finalists:

George Bahadue, The Interner

Fabiana Claure, South Miami Piano Lessons Darryl Doonie, NoteWRx Rebecca Falcon, Twin Turtle Productions Eduardo Garcia, Medivantix Technologies Sean Goldfadden, Playfarer Robin Herman, The Fit Pit Jon Kowalsky, Studio120 Tyler McIntyre, Lucid Technologies Brittnay Starks, BLONG

You can also vote for your favorite pitch to win the “People’s Choice” award. Go to for videos and to learn more about our finalists. Voting will be open November 8 through 15. Winner of the “People’s Choice” will be announced at the finale.

The Elevator Pitch Contest finale is a part of The Launch Pad celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. For complete schedule of events free and open to the community visit

For more information, contact The Launch Pad at or 305-284-2789.