1. Who is an entrepeneur or aspiring entrepreneur?
    • Entrepreneurs are people that are creative problem-solvers. Whether the individuals are involved in a for-profit business or not, they are looking to solve a specific problem or fulfill a need in the community and desire feedback to enhance their decision making process. Aspiring entrepreneurs have ideas that they want to get off-the-ground and need feedback on the viability of their ideas and ways to modify their ideas and turn them into actions.
       
  2. Who is in the audience at the PioPitch programs?
    • The PioPitch audience consists of students and faculty. In addition, we invite the entire Mid-Ohio Valley community to attend our programs. Anyone that has interest in entrepreneurial activities is encouraged to attend our programs free of charge.
       
  3. How can I apply to be a presenter?
    • You may submit the application form online.
       
  4. What happens after I submit my application?
    • Upon submission of your application, an organizer will contact you to acknowledge receipt of your application. We will then review your application in the order in which it was received. If necessary, we may contact you to ask clarifying questions. Once your application is approved, we will contact you to finalize the date of your presentation. We will also assign an organizer to assist you in preparation of your presentation.
       
  5. How much time do I have for my presentation?
    • Your portion of the program should take between 25 to 30 minutes. This total is divided into two segments: Presentation (less than 10 minutes) and Q & A (less than 20 minutes).

  6. What should I include in my presentation?
    • Given that you have less than 10 minutes to make your presentation, we suggest that you use your time wisely. The two major components of your presentation are (1) background information (less than 5 minutes), and (2) your pitch (less than 5 minutes).
       
    • Here are examples of items you may include in background information:
      • A summary (history) of your professional life and entrepreneurial activities
      • Where do you get your ideas?
      • What inspires you?
      • How did you get started?
      • What were some of the challenges/difficulties you have faced in the past? How did you overcome those challenges?
      • What were some of the opportunities/rewards/encouraging events or responses that energized you to continue?

    • Here are examples of items you may include in your pitch:
      • A summary (history) of your professional life and entrepreneurial activities
      • What are your current challenges/opportunities?
      • What are some of your future projects?

    • How can the audience help you by giving feedback? You may ask questions such as:
      • Do find this project viable?
      • What do you think about this idea on how to promote my project?
      • Do you have an idea on how I can make people aware/interested/involved?
      • Is this type of goods or service something that people in the Mid-Ohio Valley would welcome?
      • How can I improve my project?
      •How can I expand my project?

  7. What types of Presentation matierial can I use?
    • That is totally up to you. You may use PowerPoint slides, markers and whiteboard, online material, handouts, samples of your products…etc.
       
  8. Who are the discussants, what do they do, and who chooses them?
    • Discussants are individuals that potentially can answer some of your pitch questions and guide you effectively. They may be college professors or others who (one reason or another) are familiar with your line of work. A discussant’s job is ask you the first few questions and offer the first round of feedback. We choose your discussants in collaboration with you.
       
  9. What happens after my presentation?
    • Soon after your presentation, an organizer will send you a summary of the written suggestions/comments by the audience.