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Criteria Conundrum: Developing Your Ultimate Pitch Evaluation Rubric

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 | by Bill Kenney

Learn the secrets of high-functioning ecosystems

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Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Time: Noon – 1:00PM (EDT)

  • Do your judges and mentors misapply your criteria?
  • Would you like more informative and reliable results?
  • Are you challenged to pick the best teams or ventures?
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10 Unintended Consequences of Bad Evaluation Criteria

Posted on: August 21st, 2016 | by Bill Kenney

Organizations use evaluation criteria in many ways. When the criteria are inadequate a variety of unintended consequences occurs. Here’s our top 10 list of things that go wrong with bad evaluation criteria.

  • Bad decisions are made
  • The wrong people and ideas are recognized
  • The wrong entrants are modeled
  • The wrong behaviors and activities are reinforced
  • Educational value is lost
  • Participants are disenfranchised
  • The community is misinformed
  • Future participants disengage
  • Judges wisdom isn’t leveraged
  • Participants chose the wrong path and perform the wrong activities

Evaluation criteria affect much more than most of us would image.… (Read More)

Practice, It’s Not Just for Olympians

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 | by tmpadmin

With the Olympics in “full on” mode at the moment, a post about practice seems like a perfect topic. Bobby Knight, the one-time Olympic basketball coach from Indiana University said “The key is not the “will to win” . . .… (Read More)

A Conversation with Greg Coticchia from the U Pitt Blast Furnace Accelerator

Posted on: July 29th, 2016 | by tmpadmin

We recently had a chance to visit with Greg Coticchia, Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s startup accelerator, the Blast Furnace. In this wide-ranging discussion, we learned about Greg, the Blast Furnace and the “Pitt” Innovation Institute. We also learned about some of the big objectives on the horizon for the Blast Furnace.… (Read More)

Business Plan Competitions are Broken…and What to Do About It!

Posted on: July 27th, 2016 | by tmpadmin

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Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Time: Noon – 1:00PM (ET)

  • Is the idea of a business plan outdated?
  • Why do we struggle to attract participants?
  • How do we build a diverse program?
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You Can’t Go “Off-Script” Until You Have a Script

Posted on: July 20th, 2016 | by Bill Kenney

Mark Twain famously said, “It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.”

Like Twain, most speakers and presenters want to be spontaneous. They want to be that rare charismatic individual who can evolve their message to the mood and interests of the audience in the moment.… (Read More)

It’s Time to Rip Off the Band-Aid and Share Results: Here are 6 Reasons Why!

Posted on: July 8th, 2016 | by Bill Kenney

We talk to organizations every day who are concerned about sharing the results from their pitch events and demo days. Their concerns range from uncertainty of result validity and judging to concerns about inadvertently discouraging the students, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in their charge.… (Read More)

Criteria Conundrum: Developing Your Ultimate Pitch Evaluation Rubric

Posted on: February 13th, 2016 | by tmpadmin

Criteria Conundrum

Developing Your Ultimate Pitch Evaluation Rubric

Learn the secrets of high-functioning ecosystems

Date: Friday, January 22, 2016

Time: Noon – 1:00PM (EDT)

 Watch the webinar recording on YouTube

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Do your judges and mentors misapply your criteria?

Would you like more informative and reliable results?

How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Event

Posted on: October 9th, 2015 | by tmpadmin

Check out this great wisdom from Catherine Walsh @CWalsh_ of Social Media Contractors.

We talk a lot about driving online engagement on the blog. But social media is a great tool for driving offline engagement too. It’s especially useful for promoting events.… (Read More)

Your Startup’s Pitch Needs Only These 10 Slides

Posted on: June 8th, 2015 | by tmpadmin

Courtesy of Inc. Magazine.

Guy Kawasaki shares the layout for a perfect pitch.

Pitching your startup to investors just might be the most nerve-wracking aspect of starting your new business — well, besides the prospect of losing your shirt.

I get it.… (Read More)