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Elevator Grants: 3 Minutes to Win It!
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Our winners have been announced! Congratulations to the following schools:

First Place ($10,000):
Brookdale Community College
(Watch their pitch!)

Second Place ($6,000):
Fox Valley Technical College
(Watch their pitch!)

Third Place ($4,000):
York Technical College
(Watch their pitch!)

Fourth Place ($3,000):
Central Community College
(Watch their pitch!)

Fifth place ($2,000):
Hawaii Community College



If you had 3 minutes to tell a story...what story could you tell about your alumni and entrepreneurship?

That's the challenge NACCE and the Coleman Foundation are presenting to community colleges for funding competition, 3 Minutes to Win It! We are asking community colleges to create 3-minute videos to share their most promising practices for engaging alumni entrepreneurs.

These videos should be elevator pitches describing - or better yet, showcasing innovative, out-of-the-box ideas that bring alumni business owners back onto their community college campus to connect with students, support entrepreneurial activities, mentor a new generation of business owners.

We want to SEE your ideas as a video on:

•How your college is reaching out to alumni entrepreneurs
•How your college could improve how it engages with alumni entrepreneurs
•How your alumni entrepreneurs are making a difference in your community
•How your practices increase entrepreneurship engagement at your college
•How your ideas or practices create buzz and broader exposure for your college

If our judges like what they see, you’ll win cash to help you expand your alumni efforts at your college! It's that easy!

All you have to do is:
  1. Make your pitch and record your video
  2. Upload your video to YouTube
  3. Fill out the entry form
  4. Submit!

Participants will have until March 30, 2012 to upload their videos. All videos should be uploaded to YouTube. Judges will choose five colleges with the best 3-minute videos to earn cash awards. Winners will be announced the first week of May.

The awards are:
  • 1st place: $10,000
  • 2nd place: $6,000
  • 3rd place: $4,000
  • 4th place: $3,000
  • 5th place: $2,000

Although the competition is open to any community college, winners must have a current membership to NACCE. Non-member winners will earn one year of NACCE membership (with the $750 NACCE membership fee deducted from their total winnings). Individual members will earn a membership upgrade (with the remaining membership fee difference deducted from their total winnings). Community colleges from the U.S., Canada and all other countries are eligible to enter.

Videos from the five winning colleges will be posted on the NACCE website when the awards are announced.

If you're up for the challenge, let us know! Email to let us know when your video is coming in. You just might walk away with the top prize. You've Got 3 Minutes to Win It!

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