08 May

Final notes before pitch presentations

You should have everything posted to your websites by now. (If you want access to any of your final project content for your personal portfolios — and you should! — you should screenshot it or make PDFs now, because you won’t be able to link to any of it. It will all be archived, but I won’t have easy access to retrieve anything for you.)

So, that means we’ve just got the pitch meeting, and then you’re officially done with J202!

Here are some things you should know about the pitch presentations, which run from 2:45-4:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, in Vilas 2195 (our Monday morning home for the last few months):

1. SK and I drew a random order for the presentations (this is slightly different than what I posted the other day, so look at it carefully):

1. Groupies

2. Game Way

3. Chomp Stop

4. Team Up

5. Campus Cribs

6. Refridge

7. Legist.

2. There will be four members of the angel investor pitch panel:

  • Jenny Price — editor of On Wisconsin alumni magazine
  • Tricia Nolan — director of University Marketing at UW-Madison
  • Katie Hepler — marketing director for the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
  • Jessica Arp — assistant news director for WISC-TV in Madison

SK and I will also be sitting with them at a table toward the front

3. Please email SK and me an updated copy of your one-page backgrounder memos so we can have revised copies for the pitch panel.

4. There will be three awards given at the pitch:

  • Pitch panel choice — this is the one the panel would choose to fund — the prize is bragging rights and the Tompkins Cup
  • Best pitch
  • Best website — this one will be decided by SK and me and will be announced at the end of the pitches

5. Attendance at the final pitch presentations is MANDATORY — as the J202 website makes clear, you will receive a zero instead of the group grade for the final project grade (awarded to full section) if you do not attend the final pitch. Your TA will take attendance at 2:45 p.m. — there will be no exceptions if you miss it or are late. So, make a phone tree or plan to meet for a late lunch — whatever you do, have a plan to make sure everyone in your lab is there!

Pitch teams, you should be dressed professionally and appropriately — think about how you want to present yourself to the angel investors.

After the pitches are over, the judges will leave the room to deliberate, while you’ll stay in 2195 to do your course evaluations. Then we’ll come back together, announce the winners and wrap up.

Is there anything I’m missing?

Finally, as we’ve seen in past semesters, the best pitches are those those where the presenters were simply having a conversation with the audience. But you can only achieve that with lots of practice. Good luck and I’ll see you Thursday!

04 May

Last-chance office hours

I won’t be holding my regular office hours next week because of the finals schedule, but if you want to try to find a time to meet, I’m happy to work with you to set something up. I’ll also be available in my office between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday if you want to drop by.

I can’t wait to see your finished products!