04 May

A few final notes

The last labs of spring 2017 met this afternoon, and everything should be posted to your websites by now. (You won’t be able to make any changes after noon Friday, so be sure to get it all finished up by then. This also means that 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. 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 you’re done!

Here are some things you should know about the pitch presentations, which run from 7:45-9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, in Vilas 2195 (our Monday morning home for the last few months):

1. Meredith and I drew a random order for the presentations:

1. (You)trition

2. Tür

3. BrandGram

4. Unleased

5. PoD

6. Canine Connect

7. MadLocal

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

· Dennis Chaptman — former reporter and former news and media relations director for UW-Madison, now principal at Chaptmanconnsect

· John Lucas — former reporter, now director of University Communications at UW-Madison

· Jenny Price — editor of On Wisconsin alumni magazine

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

3. Please email 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 Wednesday:

· 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 Meredith and me and will be announced Wednesday

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 your full section) if you do not attend the final pitch. Your TA will take attendance at 7:45 a.m. — there will be no exceptions if you miss it or are late. So, make a phone tree, plan to meet for breakfast or gather for an early-morning run — whatever you do, have a plan to make sure everyone in your lab is up and there!

Is there anything I’m missing?

Finally, my J345 class did their own pitches tonight, and the best ones were those where the presenters were simply having a conversation with the audience. But you can only achieve that with lots of practice. Good luck putting the final touches on everything!