Our Competition

We are proud to announce the 7th Annual Steel City Sales Challenge presented by Erie Insurance. The 2023 competition will be held October 19 & 20, 2023 at Duquesne University.

Compete for $15,000 in cash and prizes!

Steel City Sales Challenge

The Steel City Sales Challenge is a challenging and dynamic event that is hosted annually by the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. The two-day sales competition is held in the Center for Leadership in Professional Selling & Marketing and is open to undergraduate students from universities across the region.

The competition features sales role plays and elevator pitches and offers more than $15,000 in cash and prizes, making it one of the largest sales competitions in the United States. 


2022 Participating Universities

  • Duquesne University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Ferris State University
  • Pace University
  • Point Park University
  • Purdue University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • St. Joseph University
  • Temple University
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • West Virginia University

In 2022, Duquesne student Alyssa Serbak was named an Elevator Pitch Finalist.

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We welcome companies interested in sponsoring our annual sales challenge. If you are interested in participating as a sponsor, please reach out to Susan Eppley, Director Center for Leadership in Professional Selling or Andrea Dreher, Associate Director Center for Professional Selling.