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Keiser University SEAHAWK TANK Pitch Competition

TSubmit Your Invention or Business Idea Now!he Keiser University Seahawk Tank Pitch Contest provides students the opportunity to see their business goals and inventions come to life. Eight (8) finalist contenders will present their ideas to a panel of industry judges in hopes of winning cash prizes and in-kind services.

  • The Keiser University Pitch Contest is similar to “Shark Tank,” but students are not selling a portion of their company for funding
  • The business idea must be an invention, a startup company or an early-stage company no older than one year
  • The student(s) will pitch to a panel of judges who will be acting as angel investors from whom the students are requesting funding
  • The student(s) will explain the amount of money needed to run their company over the next three years.
  • Current and/or former student presenters can be a team, but the former KU student team members must first be approved by the competition’s executive directors, Dr. Olsher and Mr. Stamas. At least one team member must be a KU student.
  • There will be eight presenters at the PC (two from each of four regions that are organized to include all 18 KU campuses)
  • Each campus will have a campus coordinator who will filter the applications and then submit their choices to their regional coordinator. The regional coordinators will process the applications and decide which two pitches from their areas will be entered into the final competition at Keiser University’s Flagship Campus on April 5, 2018.

Introduction & Requirements

  • This is the first system-wide pitch competition at KU
  • The final pitch competition will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Keiser University Flagship Campus’ Turner Education Center Auditorium
  • The pitch competition is open to any KU student currently matriculated at any of Keiser University’s 18 campuses. The student can have any major or concentration and can be studying in any discipline (such as, nursing, criminal justice, forensic accounting, business, etc.)
  • The deadline for submitting application forms is February 2, 2018
  • The invention or business idea must be realistic and achievable, and include financial projections

Contents of the Pitch

The pitch is limited to no more than five (5) minutes, so practice, practice, practice! The pitch should include:

  • What exactly is the product or service you are providing?
  • What problem or need in the marketplace are you solving or satisfying?
  • What is your value proposition? Why would anyone buy your product or service?
  • If applicable, has a patent been applied for? Granted?
  • Who is your target market and how do you plan to enter it?
  • Who are your main competitors?
  • How will you deliver your product/service to your market? For example, will you deliver via distributors, your own sales force, retail sales, etc.?
  • What does your management team look like? What is its experience, strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are your financial projections? Please include:
    • Three year forecast of revenues, expenses and pre-tax profit. Keep it simple.
    • Display your assumptions for calculating revenue.
    • How much money are you explaining you will need to build your company over the next three years?
    • How will you spend the money?
    • What is your planned exit strategy? How many years until you will be in a position to offer your investors an exit from their investment (that is, to pay them back for their investment plus an adequate return)?

Recommendations to Create a Good Pitch

  • Introduce yourself with a tagline (a brief story about how you arrived at your business idea, or a related thought. Keep it brief)
  • Then, tell the investors (the judges) who you are, what your invention or business idea is, and what  you want from the investors
  • Visuals are great! If your idea is an invention, please bring a prototype.
  • Explain the opportunity (the value proposition)
  • Then, make your pitch (see above content recommendations)
  • One PPT slide must include three-year financial projections (including your assumptions)
  • Keep the number of PPT slides to a minimum (five or six)
  • Ensure each PPT slide has a minimum amount of text. Too much text is distracting. Use fonts that are large enough so the audience can read the slides from 30 feet away.
  • Remember, the focus of the pitch is on YOU, not the PPT’s!
  • Show enthusiasm about your idea!
  • Practice your five minute pitch to your own selected audiences for feedback prior to presenting at the competition

Contact

For additional information please contact the pitch contest leader who is overseeing your campus.

Sponsors

Submit Your Invention or Business Idea Now!

Keiser University thanks its previous pitch competition sponsors:

  • First Green Bank
  • FirstCity Bank of Commerce
  • Fuoco Group
  • Jay Twyman
  • Keiser Mills Foundation
  • Mombach, Boyle, Hardin & Simmons, P.A.
  • Paul Tanner and Las Olas Capital Advisors, a Partner of TruClarity
  • Sunshine Bank
  • Tom Feltenstein and Power Marketing AcademyTriState Capital

 

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