Courtyard by Marriott Encourages Young Indian Entrepreneurs to Shine with The Elevator Pi

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Sep 11, 2014

Courtyard by Marriott Encourages Young Indian Entrepreneurs to Shine with The Elevator Pi (By Entrepreneurs)

Courtyard by Marriott Encourages Young Indian Entrepreneurs to Shine

with The Elevator Pitch

Marriott International’s popular hotel brand celebrates young talent by offering 

One million rupees to a young entrepreneur with a winning business idea

[Mumbai, India] – August 28th 2014: Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott International’s hotel brand 

renowned globally for its innovation and understanding of business travelers, is delighted to announce 

a new campaign to foster young talent in India – the Elevator Pitch. The ultimate goal is to foster the 

next generation of entrepreneurs and enable their success. This unique campaign reaches out to up and 

coming sharp minds with high ambitions, providing them with an opportunity to kick-start their dreams by 

winning 1 million rupees.

The Elevator Pitch is an opportunity for India’s future corporate honchos, to “stay ahead of the game” and 

realize their dreams at a young age. Commencing 27th

innovation, a product or a service, but more importantly - those who aspire to achieve and succeed, can 

submit their entries on until 28th

Five finalists will be shortlisted from among the entries, based on the originality and creativity of the 

entries, the plans on utilization of the prize money, quality of presentation, product execution plan 

& market potential, potential of reach of investment (ROI) and lastly the popularity on social media 

platforms. Following that, the five finalists will have 60 seconds to pitch their idea in an elevator at 

Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai, to a panel of esteemed judges including Mr. Rajeev Menon, Area Vice 

President of South Asia, Marriott International; Mr. Mahendra Swarup, Managing Director of Avigo Capital 

Partners and Mr. Pallav Nadhani, co-founder and CEO of FusionCharts, whereas India’s champion woman 

golfer and model Ms Sharmila Nicollet will be hosting the final elevator pitch judging. 

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Based on their presentation skills and the strength of their business ideas, one winner will be awarded 1 

million rupees to fulfill his/her dream project.

On the occasion of the announcement, Mr. Rajeev Menon, Area Vice President - South Asia at Marriott 

International Inc. said, “Courtyard by Marriott is the smart and entrepreneurial brand, ideal for young 

professionals who aspire to make it to the top. With the Elevator Pitch we aim to give boost to our 

next-generation entrepreneurs and give them a platform to launch their business. The brand has always 

fostered people with ambitions and strives hard to encourage great minds. It is exciting to see our 

campaign go live and we are looking forward to receiving great business ideas from our participants.” 

On her association with this unique initiative, Ms. Sharmila Nicollet said, “India has an immense pool of 

talent which goes unrecognized due to lack of opportunities. Being India’s youngest golfer, I too have 

faced my fair share of challenges in my career before I could make a mark. Hence, it gives me immense 

pleasure to associate with Courtyard by Marriott’s Elevator Pitch. It’s a great initiative to fuel the minds 

of young aspirational, talent, giving them a platform to showcase their ideas and help build India’s young 

entrepreneurs. I am looking forward to this association and meeting with the young, bright minds of 

future India.”

Courtyard by Marriott is a smart, dynamic hotel for the traveler who’s driven by success, but also enjoys 

a break from routine that travel offers. It is a brand that helps guests make the most of their time on the 

road. The designing of Courtyard by Marriott hotels keep in mind the requirements of today’s business 

traveler offering spacious rooms, refreshing suites, flexible dining options, luxury bedding and functional 

work spaces, a perfect blend of contemporary amenities. 

To participate in the Elevator Pitch by Courtyard by Marriott and for more information, contestants can 

visit the official website The last date for submission of the ideas is 

 September 2014.



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