The Pitch

In the pitch to our panel of experts — serving as “angel investors” — you have 7 minutes to explain and sell your product. You should strive to be clear, animated and convincing.

You are welcome to use a slide deck to illustrate your points, but these should not look like lecture slides you’re used to from your classes. They’re far more often highly visual and engaging, bringing key facts, ideas and numbers to life for the audience.

We do not give you an outline for these presentations because we do not want all eight of them to sound alike (been there, done that, learned from the mistake). So you have to strike out on your own to discern how to do this.

Some advice from people who have pitched in the real world:

6 steps to the perfect pitch

Richard Branson: How to pitch in 5 steps

Students create magazines from scratch – and pitch them to pros

14 pitch pointers for young entrepreneurs

Pitch perfect: Selling startups at entrepreneurship boot camp

How to use hackathons to build your entrepreneurial teaching chops