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Registrations open for the first large-scale “elevator pitch” competition to take place during the largest business congress in Quebec city





Quebec City, June 17, 2016 – The JCI world congress 2016 is proud to announce that registrations are officially open for the first ever World Elevator Pitch Competition, presented in collaboration with the Quebec City chamber of commerce and industry (CCIQ). Essentially, each entrepreneur or young leader who participates will go before their peers in an activity that will compel them into efficient communication. They will each have the chance to sell their business model or ideas to potential partners or investors. The registration period has already begun and will remain open until August 31.


“This competition really speaks to the audience we will see at the junior chambers’ world congress 2016, namely, credible and professional young entrepreneurs and young leaders from all backgrounds and from all around the world,” stated Alain Aubut, president and chief executive of the CCIQ. “We are glad to be a part of this competition because it highlights the impact that such an event can have on the futures of these young participants, and by extension, the next generation that we are fostering here in Quebec City.”


Between June 17 and August 31 2016, all members of Junior Chamber International (JCI) who will be attending the congress taking place in Quebec City this November are invited to create a short video of their “Elevator Pitch”. They will have 90 seconds to convince a panel of Quebec City entrepreneurs to choose them to be one of 24 semi finalists. These will later be whittled down to 8 lucky finalists who will prepare their pitches for the grand finale, with a little help from renowned entrepreneurs. The finals will take place in front of a jury comprised of congress participants on November 3. The winner will be announced that evening during the JCI Awards Ceremony.


The term “elevator pitch” came about as a result of the notion that it should be possible to state the major talking points of a presentation in the average time it takes an elevator to reach its destination, between thirty seconds and two minutes. Participants must therefore be quick and to the point.


A video has been created to encourage international participants to register for this competition:


To participate:



Created by the Junior Chamber of Commerce Québec (JCCQ) and Junior Chamber International (JCI)

Canada, the JCI Québec 2016 committee is responsible for JCI World Congress Québec 2016.


Founded in 1915 by Henry Giessenbier in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, JCI oversees close to 5,000 Junior Chambers around the world and brings together more than 175,000 young business people and active citizens aged 18 to 40 in nearly 125 countries.


JCI Canada is committed to being the leading development organization for youth under 40 years of age and includes all Junior Chambers from Vancouver to Halifax. The Junior Chamber of Commerce Québec joined JCI Canada in 2002. With more than 500 members, JCCQ is the world’s second largest local chapter of JCI.




Source :

JCI Québec 2016 |


For information and interviews:

Francis Martel | |
T 418 704-1559, extension 222 | C 418 931-0450


to reach the organizers:

Mr. Jean-Simon Deschênes

Congress Director and Chief Executive Officer | T 418 266-3075


Pierre-Yves Dubois

Deputy Congress Director and Chief Operations Officer | T 418 577-3428


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