Challenge #1 – Pitching investors and raising capital is a critical skill for entrepreneurs to learn but incredibly time consuming for you to teach.
Challenge #2 – You need educational materials which apply to companies of different stages/types and to entrepreneurs with different levels of experience.
Challenge #3 – Your investor pitch competition is great for entrepreneurs and engages local investors/sponsors, but the administrative burden is high.
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Deb Tillett, President & Executive Director, Emerging Technology Centers (ETC)
Kathie Callahan Brady, CEO, Frederick Innovative Technology Center (FITCI)
In what situation does it work best?
The Incubator Course works best when entrepreneurs are using it to prepare for an investor pitch event with a monetary prize. In this situation, the entrepreneurs are engaged and focused because they know they will will have the opportunity to win money or get an investment.
How long does it take for entrepreneurs to complete the course?
Entrepreneurs can complete the course in 3-4 weeks. However, we encourage people to plan for 6-8 weeks, if possible. This allows for more feedback on multiple drafts and practice time. There is a direct correlation between the amount of preparation/practice time and how much an entrepreneur improves.
How is the Incubator Course different from other learning resources?
1) It works for companies of all types and stages (not just early-stage technology startups) – check out our Testimonials Page to see the results.
2) It helps the instructor leverage his/her time – the entrepreneurs take the online course on their own so the instructor does not have to teach it. See below.
3) It teaches multiple skills and pitches – while most other learning resources focus only on the slide deck, our Incubator Course teaches the “Read Me Pitch” and “Listen to Me Pitch” and other required skills.
Does the incubator/accelerator instructor need to “teach” the course?
No. It is an online course so entrepreneurs take it on their own. However, they submit their Investment Summary and Slide Deck to mentors/advisers for review and feedback as they progress through the course.
Does the Incubator Course compete with Business Model Canvas (and derivatives)?
No. You can think of the Business Model Canvas as great preparation work for the Incubator Course. If an entrepreneur has developed a Business Model Canvas (or similar), they will have a head start on creating an Investment Summary (“Read Me Pitch”) which covers more topics specific to investors than the Business Model Canvas.
How does payment work?
There are two ways to pay for the Incubator Course:
1) Instructors make the Incubator Course part of their incubator/accelerator curriculum and entrepreneurs buy it online from Pitch Creator.
2) Incubator/accelerator purchases a block of licenses and then entrepreneurs use a code to get access to the Incubator Course for free.
Does Pitch Creator offer an instructor trial?
Yes! If you are interested, please send an email to support@PitchCreator.com with the following:
Does Pitch Creator offer a discount for the first cohort?
We are open to discussing a discount for the first cohort so instructors who are new to the Incubator Course can see how it works for them.
Jen Meyer, Former CEO, Betamore
Henry Mortimer, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, University of Baltimore
Josh Smith, Chairman of the Innovation Task Force and
Dean of Education, Loyola University of Maryland
Founder, Baltimore Angels