It starts with the pitch – a transitive verb meaning to present or advertise… to attempt to persuade… to present for consideration.
It is the What, the Why and the How of the change you wish to create. It is the essential information you will share about your creation with those you wish to draw into your change – collaborators, community partners, investors, et cetera. It is your “elevator speech” – the introduction to your “start-up” project – and it’s vital to have a pitch that will engage your audience.
In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Whitman College is collaborating with Walla Walla University, Walla Walla Community College, area high schools and the Chamber of Commerce to host a pitch competition. Inspired by the television show Shark Tank, the Pitch It! Competition will include a preliminary round of events at each of the local campuses followed by a community-wide competitive event in which winners from each of the campus competitions will Pitch for the Grand Prize – a $500 package to help them advance their concept.
In addition to the community prize, Whitman alumnus and Trilogy Equity Partners partner Scott Alderman ’90 has offered a prize for the winner of the Whitman campus event. Scott will host a lunch in Seattle for the Whitman winner and the CEO from one of the companies Trilogy is currently funding. The Student Engagement Center will provide travel funds to Seattle for the winning student(s).
All you need is a 2-minute concept pitch for a panel of 3-5 judges – no restrictions on the subject of your pitch, so you can really innovate. Your pitch will be judged on: the viability of your concept, the content of your pitch and your preparedness for the panel questions.
Schedule of events:
Wednesday, November 13th | Whitman Pitch It! competition – preliminary event
5:00-6:30 PM | Kimball Auditorium
Tuesday, November 18th | Walla Walla Community Pitch It! competition – final event
6:00-7:30 PM | Olin 130 Auditorium
**winner from the Whitman event on the 13th will progress to the community event
For more information about the contest, contact Kim Rolfe, Director for Business Engagement in the Student Engagement Center.