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We’re back for another episode of GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch, a new show where three entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas in the 42-seconds it takes to buzz to the top of Seattle’s Space Needle.

Watch the third episode above, and vote on your favorite below.

In today’s episode, we hear from three startup entrepreneurs: StormSensor CEO Erin Rothman, an environmental scientist who is trying to change the way communities track stormwater data; PeopleMaven CEO Lewis Lin, a former Google and Microsoft manager who is building a social network to track key contacts for hiring; and CampusWall CEO Tina Snyder, who is creating a new way for college students and staff to buy, sell and swap items with their peers.

StormSensor CEO Erin Rothman on GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)
Lewis Lin of PeopleMaven on The Elevator Pitch. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)
CampusWall founder and CEO Tina Snynder on The Elevator Pitch. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

After the ride to the top of the Space Needle, the three entrepreneurs face tough questions from our judges: Flying Fish Partners co-founder Heather Redman; serial entrepreneur and newly-named Pioneer Square Labs managing director T.A. McCann and Cranium co-founder and Starbucks entrepreneur-in-residence Richard Tait.

Erin Rothman of StormSensor pitches judges T.A. McCann of Pioneer Square Labs, Richard Tait of Starbucks, and Heather Redman of Flying Fish Partners (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

Who do you think presented the best pitch?

Over the next few months, 27 entrepreneurs will compete in this unique pitch off. But only one will truly make it to the top. Go here to watch past episodes.

Six more episodes will follow, and we’ll be back to showcase three new entrepreneurs as they rise to the top of the Space Needle. Later this year, Elevator Pitch viewers will vote on their favorite pitches from the competition, picking four winning entrepreneurs who will go on to present live onstage in front of more than 900 business and tech leaders at the 2018 GeekWire Summit in October.

Longtime GeekWire readers may recall the original Elevator Pitch, since we launched a similar concept at the Space Needle back in 2012. This time, we’re back with a new crop of entrepreneurs and judges.

A big thanks to Smartsheet for sponsoring The Elevator Pitch. Also, thanks to The Space Needle and The Chihuly Garden and Glass.

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