Frequently Asked Questions


How can I apply?

You can submit an application form by clicking here. 

what do i need to apply?

To start, you will need to have a gmail account. The application has a few questions about your idea on how to improve nutrition assessments. In addition, a sketch explaining your innovation fitting on one page and not exceeding 1 MB is required. 

What is an elevator pitch?

An elevator pitch is a condensed, easy to understand version of a business pitch that is delivered in the time it takes to ride an elevator. As innovators, you should be prepared to give a pitch any time, including during an elevator ride. However, boiling down your solution to a paragraph and, ultimately, to a single, concise statement is often challenging and requires constant practice and feedback. The famous mathematician, Blaise Pascal recognized this with a statement that roughly translates to, “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.”


Why Elevator Pitch Contest?

An elevator pitch is a critical part of the entrepreneurial process. As competition for research and investment funds increases, young scientists will need to effectively articulate their idea and do so in a manner that is persuasive and precise. Our contest allows students, young professionals and entrepreneurs to present their ideas in three to five minutes to a panel of experts and potential financiers at the Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition - 2019

Who is conducting this contest?

The contest is being conducted by Sight and Life in collaboration with McGill University, Association of Ghana Industries and Obaasima

What is the deadline for application submission?

Please submit your application by August 05, 2019 by 11:59 PM (GMT). Entries that do not meet the guidelines in the application form will not qualify for the selection process. 

The seven best entries will be announced on August 26, 2019. The 'pitch' will take place on , September 12, 2019 at the Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition.

How are the winners supported? 

The winner will receive seed funds of US$5000, year-long research support by McGill University, and access to McGill’s new Agile Project Management online course that supports them in managing their enterprise.

Is there any criterion for the applicants?

Students, young professionals and entrepreneurs residing in Ghana are encouraged to apply. 

Can I apply independently or do I need to have a team?

Yes, you can apply as an individual. However, we encourage you to form a team to foster ideas that are innovative and well-rounded. 

Are there any cost involved in participating in the elevator pitch contest?

No. Participation is free of charge.

Whom should I contact if I have questions?

For any queries or clarifications, please email us at