2023 ELC Pitch Competition

Funded by ALA-Libraries Build Business & EBSCO

Planning team


Is your library a player in economic development? If not yet, could it be? 

Do you have an idea on how your library could contribute to local job creation, entrepreneurship, and nonprofits — but you could use a little funding to get started? 

Then please consider submitting to the third annual pitch competition of the Entrepreneurship & Libraries Conference (ELC). Public, school, special, and academic libraries from the United States and Canada are encouraged to apply.

We will be giving away $10,000 total to the top 5 libraries in the competition.


The focus of the pitching is how a library can support local economic development, job creation, workforce development, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and small businesses. For 2023, the ELC is particularly interested in pitches that focus on local equity issues or marginalized populations and communities.

The target audience for the pitching will be stakeholders in economic development, not librarians. Therefore our three judges, who will rank the top five submissions on the pitch day in May, will be economic development officers.

Past contestants have noted that simply brainstorming what to say in a pitch – and whom to pitch to – have been very useful outcomes of this competition.

Submission and registration forms will become available in early 2023.


You can watch the 2020 pitch competition as well as the 2022 “how to pitch” workshop and pitch competition. Past winners and their pitch titles are also listed on those pages.

The ELC Inclusive Entrepreneurship mini-conference provides examples and inspirations for partnering with marginalized populations and communities.

The Libraries Build Business Playbook provides examples and recommendations of library outreach to and engagement with partners.


Schedule (will be finalized by Dec 23, 2022)

  • “How to pitch” workshop: February 16 (afternoon Eastern time)
  • Submissions due: March 24?
  • Top 5 libraries notified: one week later
  • Private meetings with the ELC pitch consultant: in April
  • Pitch competition: May 4 (afternoon Eastern time)