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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 4, 2018.
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 11.
• 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 25.
• Participants will receive an email from the Reunion Weekend Team with final details and agenda for the event by Tuesday, May 29.
• The Showcase will take place at MIT Sloan on Saturday, June 9.
Should you have any questions, please email Patsy Thompson at email@example.com.
The 60-Second 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?
The combination format of the one minute pitch along with the open house discussions helped us (HoppinIn) to hone our presentation to a fine point. To the immediate feedback at the Showcase, we were approached by a potential investor the following week who had been alerted by an attendee.Noel Dill, SM '73
The combination format of the one minute pitch along with the open house discussions helped us (HoppinIn) to hone our presentation to a fine point. To the immediate feedback at the Showcase, we were approached by a potential investor the following week who had been alerted by an attendee.
Noel Dill, SM '73
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