Below are some resources that may be useful for teams and mentors:

  • Judging rubric: http://sifp.net/rubric
  • Jacob Colker's pitch guidance: 7 lessons in 7 minutes.  Bonus: slideshow from the 2012 pitch clinics.
  • You can use whatever slide template, format, software, and visuals you want (as long as the result plays on a PC with Office 2010 and no internet connection). Those who'd like to work from examples can look at two sample PowerPoint decks, one 'minimalist', and another 'maximalist'.  We recommend starting with the minimalist deck and adding as needed.  These PPTs are provided just as an example to get you started.  Here are some more professional ones that will truly inspire you, at PitchEnvy.
  • Watch videos of final pitches from last year, and take a look at the PPTs from the 14 finalists, here.
  • Suggested reading...
    • Garr Reynolds, presentationzen
    • Jerry Weisman, Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story
    • Andy Goodman, free download: Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good People
    • Alexander Osterwalder, Business Model Generation, A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
    • Guy Kawasaki, Art of the Start
  • If you didn't attend workshops in May/June, you might some of the resulting content and blogs useful: http://sifp.net/workshops
  • If you can't make Jerry Weissman's session and/or want to learn from another presntation master, watch this webcast from Andy Goodman from SIFP 2011.
  • One-pagers: These will be used by judges as a reference during quarterfinal, semifinal and final competition. Feel free to use our WORD TEMPLATE if that helps you get a first draft done easily.   For help in uploading to Gust, click here.  Checklist for a One-Pager
    1. Expresses what you organization does in one sentence, using plain language
    2. Clearly expresses the problem(s) you are solving
    3. Tells how you are solving those problems, illustrating what's innovative or different about your approach
    4. Says what your goals are, in measurable and believable terms
    5. Introduces your team and/or key contributors, providing credibility based on their experience and passion
    6. Shows your sources of funding, based on your business model, earned income, and/or donors
    7. Illustrates your knowledge and connection to the the market in which you operate, through defined partnering plans and/or indication of relevant competition
    8. Provides contact name and email (or website) for more information
  • Content from SIFP 2011 finalists: http://sifp.net/ff
  • Videos of SIFP 2011 finals: ON YOUTUBE