Pitch Tips & Guidelines (2019)
Warmup Session at Pier21
Please see the Smart Energy Event registration desk for further direction.
Tuesday April 16th from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
Meet with moderator Bob Williamson for key tips and notes to prepare for an impactful experience at the Smart Energy Pitch Competition.
Pitch Session: Pier21, Room A
Tuesday April 16th from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
The Pitch session will see pitchers pitching their business idea to a panel of qualified investor/judges. The judges will be assessing the strength of your idea and how well you deliver it. Comments made by the investor/judges are simply that, they are not committing any funds to any of the pitches during the event. The judges will be looking for you to convince them that your idea is worthy of support (potential investment or mentoring). So, your pitch should explain the opportunity/solution and ideally, the pitch needs to intrigue the judges to want to hear more, at a later date.
Before the Pitch competition starts, please make sure that you are sitting at the front of the room so one pitcher can follow the next promptly to the podium. Though the pitches will be addressing the judges you will be speaking before a broad group of people. Only one person may pitch. No props, visual aids, or notes are permitted during the pitch. Ideally, you want everyone to leave with a brief but concise understanding of your idea.
They will each have three cards and will hold one card up after your pitch and Q&A session to represent their assessment of your pitch. The green card means you have given a good pitch for a good idea. A yellow card means it has possibilities but needs work. A red card means the pitch/idea needs a lot of work.
Each Pitcher will have a maximum 5 minutes to present their idea. The session’s moderator will ensure pitches are kept on time. The judges will then have a total of 3 minutes collectively to ask questions. Each judge will have three cards and will hold one card up to represent their assessment of the pitch. The green card means you have given a good pitch for a good idea. A yellow card means it has possibilities but needs work. A red card means the pitch/idea needs a lot of work. The investor/judge comments are simply that and they are not committing any funds to any of the pitches during the event.
Judges cast their vote by showing yellow, green or red cards. At the end of the session, the audience will be able to vote for their favourite pitch electronically with their smart phones. All results will be tabulated and announced on Wednesday, April 17th at the Smart Energy Event closing.
As noted earlier, the judges will give their assessments by showing a green, yellow or red card at the end of each pitch. Then the fun begins as each Pitcher will have until 1:00pm Wednesday to pitch their idea to delegates in hopes they will encourage delegates to vote for their pitch. Delegates will be able to vote electronically for their favourite pitcher from 5:15pm Tuesday to 1pm Wednesday. Each delegate will have only one vote. At 5:15pm Tuesday delegates will be provided instructions and a text number to vote. Votes will be tabulated and results announced during the closing remarks at 1:30pm on Wednesday.