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  • MIT Sloan Innovation Showcase: Beaver Tank

    Have you launched a startup and want to present it to the MIT Sloan alumni community?
    Hosted by the Office of External Relations and the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, the MIT Sloan Innovation Showcase: Beaver Tank is a forum for alumni to present new business ventures to an audience of Reunion alumni and guests.

    How it works: Each entrepreneur is given 3 minutes and up to 3 slides to pitch the critical differentiating elements of their company/startup/idea. After each presentation, the emcee will encourage the audience to provide live feedback using their mobile devices which will be projected live on the screen! After the showcase concludes, presenters will have the opportunity to talk further about their business concepts at an open house following the program. Each presenter will have a table for product displays, information, and the opportunity to make connections with the MIT Sloan alumni community.

  • Application deadline is Friday, May 3, 2019.

    Items required for your submission – these will be included in the printed program:
         1. First name
         2. Last Name
         3. Email address
         4. Personal Twitter Handle
         5. Cell Phone Number (will not be printed in the program)
         6. Program and Class Year
         7. Company Name and Twitter Handle
         8. Company Location
         9. Industry
         10. Your Business Title
         11. Company Descriptor (1 sentence)
         12. Company Tagline
         13. Company Website
         14. Funding to date
         15. One thing your start-up needs the most (ex. funding, recruit talent, customers, etc.)

    The Reunion Weekend Team will review all submissions and reach out to applicants to confirm accepted and declined pitches by Friday, May 10.

    Accepted participants will be given the opportunity to provide up to 3 PowerPoint slides with limited animation for the Showcase. A PowerPoint slide template will be provided (16:9 size). Slide will be due on Friday, May 24.

    Participants will receive an email from the Reunion Weekend Team with final details and agenda for the event by Tuesday, May 28.

    The Showcase will take place at MIT Sloan on Saturday, June 8. 

    Should you have any questions, please email Patsy Thompson at pthomps@mit.edu.

    The 3-Minute Pitch Elements to Consider:

    - Introduction: Who are you?
    - Hook: What is the problem/opportunity?
    - Solution: What are you doing about it?
    - Value Proposition: How does this create value for the target audience?
    - Call to Action: What do you need to take your company to the next level?


    - Audience Questions: What is one thing that you would really like to ask the audience to get you to that next step?

      Curious as to how the event will flow?
    Below is a sample timeline of the event.

    4:30 p.m.

    Participants will arrive at event location to set up showcase open house tables. Staff will run-through the event with participants and provide a 5-minute AV instructional.

    4:45 p.m.   

    Participants will take their seats. Seats will be assigned in order by last name.

    5:00 p.m.

    Event Begins 
    Welcome Remarks

    5:20 p.m.

    Pitch Presentation 
    Participants are introduced, when your name is announced you can take the stage to present. You will have 3-minutes seconds to make your pitch, if you go over the allotted time mark, the emcee will politely begin a round of applause. A timer will be provided in front of the stage area. The emcee will then prompt the audience to use their mobile devices to answer a few survey questions where the responses will be projected live on the screen in the auditorium. Once you complete your pitch and the audience participation has concluded, you will pass the microphone to the next participant.

    5:50 p.m.

    Speaking Program Ends

    5:55 p.m.

    Networking Open House Begins 
    Following the closing remarks, attendees are encouraged to participate at the open house.

    6:30 p.m.

    Event Ends