Pitching to panels of mentors is the heartbeat of our events.
HOW DO PITCHING PANELS WORK?
Great question, because a distinctive feature of Innovate Suffolk is that pitching to panels of mentors is the heartbeat of our events.
(If you haven’t looked at the Mentors post recently, now is a great moment, because that will tell you the values our mentors commit to, and what they should and shouldn’t do to help you!)
For a typical 48 hour Friday evening to Sunday evening event:
- Friday evening you’re pitching to each other
- Saturday during the day you’ll provide sprint updates and demos to a panel of mentors
- Sunday during the day you’ll provide one sprint update and demo, then you’re pitching to the judges
Here’s what we’re looking to help you achieve over the weekend:
Idea, Roles, Endpoint
- Do you have an idea you can express clearly, in just a few words?
- Are you working as a team?
- Do you have an idea of where you’d like to get by judging (and beyond)?
Plan, Test, Refine
- Do you have a workable plan for the weekend?
- Have you identified your assumptions and ways to test them out?
- Are you building connections to the outside world?
- Is your solution taking shape?
Pace & Focus
- How will you make use of the remaining time to become to complete your prototype and become compelling?
- Do you have an outline for your final 5 minute pitch to the judges?
PITCHING TO THE JUDGES
- Do you have evidence that you’ve found a real problem?
- Can you demonstrate that your project will solve that problem?
- Can you tell your story well and show evidence of traction?
- You have 5 minutes to pitch,
- then 10 minutes of Q&A,
- and then it’s over to the judges!