Transcript Slide 1
Pitch Template: 12 mins
Your goal: Concisely answer the big picture who, why, when,
what & how questions of a judge/investor such that they
can understand what sets you and your business apart from
How: Tell in a “story format” to keep judges’ attention, and
to intrigue and surprise them with your business acumen.
ASSUME that the judges will have scanned your nomination
package submission in advance, along with those of all other
contestants. Judges also will refer to your nomination
package and financial submission during deliberations.
12 min total -- Present for up to 8 mins + 4 mins Q&A
• We will NOT provide timer warnings – you need to have a clock on screen
while you pitch. If you go over, we will have to cut you off, as the
competition pitches are scheduled tightly.
General questions to answer (in no particular order):
1. What is the market opportunity – the problem (and its size) you are trying to address? Do
you understand how to address mass education markets?
2. What is your product/service offering and how is it innovative/breakthrough?
3. How is a customer using your product today? Why is that better than competitive
4. Is your team capable of building a scaled business? Why are you special?
5. What progress have you made to date?
6. What are a few key learnings, either from your own business or from studying others?
7. What is the status of raising capital? What do you need for the next ~18 months?
8. What is your business model and how does it show up in your 3-year financials?
9. What are your high level goals for the next ~18 months? What “investible milestones” will
you achieve, and when?
In a total of only 9-12 slides (cover plus 1 per topic)
Use large photos as much as possible
because they are interesting to the audience and convey some emotion
Use VERY LITTLE text on your slides
because you want judges listening to you, not reading your slides. Point size
should be at least 22 points, 24 preferred, 18 point bold in only limited cases.
If you need more text to practice, create 2 versions of your pitch
practice initially with the one with more text, and then when you’re good at it,
switch to the more visual version.
Remember you are telling a story
humor and personal anecdotes make better stories. Judges are looking to
understand you and your abilities as much as your plan and the market.
You are “soft selling” to get people intrigued
you are explaining more than selling – you want entice judges to spend more time
with your application and financials after watching your pitch
Build a time budge per slide. For example, 6 slides x 2 min + 3 slides x 1 min =
15 minutes. You cannot present beyond 15 minutes.
Practice pitch at least 3 times before your final pitch
Then practice at least 3 times more to make it awesome!
Because you have an awesome story to tell in 15 minutes only!
NOTE: Be sure to read the “notes” section in
the PowerPoint window under each slide to
see guidance and sample script
<optional: company name>
<hard-hitting one-liner company description>
<your name>, <your title>
Product / Service
Traction / Milestones
Business Model & Financials
Goals through 2016