FREE report on, “Challenges entrepreneurship instructors face when teaching students how to pitch investors.” Click this button to access:
Jim Kyung-Soo Liew, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Jason Pappas, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
$70+ million raised – The CEOs/entrepreneurs who volunteered testimonials for our website have collectively raised over $70 million for their businesses.
Incubators and accelerators – Through our incubator/accelerator partners we have helped to impact over 1,000 companies. Instructors use our Incubator Course in parallel with their curriculum to prepare entrepreneurs for their investor pitch event.
Universities and colleges – Over 350 student entrepreneurs have used our course in 2018. Entrepreneurship instructors use our University Course to teach students how to pitch investors, raise capital and prepare for an investor pitch event (like Shark Tank) at the end of the semester.
Inc Magazine – Our Foundation Course was featured in an Inc. Magazine article, “Entrepreneurs Finally Have a Secret Weapon for Creating Pitch Decks.” link to Inc Magazine article
Challenge #1 – Other learning resources focus on early-stage, technology startups but you want to teach ALL of your students a lifelong skill.
Our University Course teaches fundamental principles of pitching investors and raising capital that apply to companies of all stages and types. Visit our Testimonials Page to see examples of how it is used: a) by first-time entrepreneurs and repeat CEOs; and b) for companies of all stages and types.
Challenge #2 – Raising capital is a critical skill for entrepreneurs to learn but it takes so much of your time to teach this topic!
If you could cut the time you spend teaching this topic in half, how much would that mean to you and to your students? Then what if you could cut the time in half again?
Our University Course is the fastest way to teach student entrepreneurs how create a pitch to investors and prepare them for an investor pitch day (like Shark Tank). They work through the online, self-study course outside of class and submit two pitches to you (or your teaching assistant) for review/feedback as they progress through the course.
Challenge #3 – An investor pitch event increases engagement of both students and alumni but can be a lot of work for you, the instructor.
By using our University Course in parallel with your entrepreneurship class, the students will have everything they need to prepare for an investor pitch day event. Then you can focus your time on coordinating the event and inviting alumni or local investors to participate.
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How is the University Course different from other learning resources?
1) Works for companies of all types and stages (not just early-stage technology startups) – this is great for entrepreneurship students because we want to teach them a lifelong skill. In the future they may need to raise money for a small business, late-stage company an early-stage startup. Check out our Testimonials Page to see the results.
2) Helps the instructor leverage his/her time – the course material has been created and organized with learning efficiency in mind. It is based on a building-block approach, which makes it more efficient for the entrepreneur and instructor.
3) Teaches multiple skills and pitches – while most other learning resources focus only on the slide deck, our Foundation Course teaches the “Read Me Pitch” and “Listen to Me Pitch” and other required skills.
In what situation does it work best?
The University Course works best when an entrepreneurship instructor integrates it into their curriculum and there is an investor pitch event (like Shark Tank) at the end of the semester. In this situation, the students are more engaged (with the class, their business idea and the University Course) because they know they will pitch their business to judges (alumni, local investors, other instructors) at the end of the semester.
How long does it take for entrepreneurs to complete the course?
We provide an example 4 week timeline that works for most entrepreneurship classes.
Does the entrepreneurship instructor need to “teach” the course?
No! It is an online, self-study course so students can take it on their own. However, the students submit their Investment Summary and Slide Deck to the instructor/TA for review and feedback as they progress through the course.
Does the University Course compete with Business Model Canvas (and derivatives)?
No! You can think of the Business Model Canvas as preparation work for the University 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 University Course:
1) Entrepreneurship instructors make the University Course part of their curriculum and students buy it online from Pitch Creator (like they would a book).
2) Universities purchase a block of licenses before the start of each semester and then students use a code to get access to the University Course for free.
Does Pitch Creator offer an instructor trial?
Yes! We are happy to provide you, the instructor, with a FREE trial license so you can evaluate the course. If you are interested, please send an email to support@PitchCreator.com with the following:
After you have reviewed the course, we would appreciate your positive feedback (1-3 sentence written testimonial) and/or constructive feedback on how we can improve.
Does Pitch Creator offer a discount for the first semester?
We are open to discussing a discount for the first semester so instructors who are new to the University Course can use it for one of their classes. In return for a first-semester discount, we ask for the following:
1) You agree to incorporate the University Course in your class curriculum, so students are required to use it (like they would a book) as part of your class. We’ve found it works best in situations when it is a required part of the class curriculum. It doesn’t work well as an optional, supplemental resource.
2) It is highly recommended (and preferred) that you have an investor pitch event (like Shark Tank) at the end of your class. If students know there is a public speaking/pitching component to your class, it will raise student engagement and effort level throughout the semester. This can be as simple as having the students pitch to you, other instructors/teaching assistants, and their classmates.
Henry Mortimer, Director
Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, University of Baltimore
Dean, School of Education
Loyola University Maryland