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|KEY DATES & MILESTONES for CANDIDATES||DATE / ACHIEVED BY|
|Application form open||8 February|
|Deadline for companies to submit application form attaching their 1-page executive summary and logo||8 March by 9.00|
|Each University to validate local applications||By 9 March|
|Email companies with notification of presentation time slot and online panel selection day details||From 10 March|
|Webinar with Caroline Fleming – ‘How do you recognize a good deal?’||w/c 15 March|
|Support sessions at each University||Organised by each University individually|
|1st Online Panel Selection Session with external investor panel + internal observers||24, 25 and 26 March|
|2nd Online Panel Selection Session with external investor panel + internal observers|
|3rd Online Panel Selection Session with external investor panel + internal observers (if required)|
|Written feedback following online panel selection sessions for forwarding to ventures by the centres/university teams||w/c 29 March|
|(Only for companies selected by the Panel for Envestry)
Webinar- Investment Campaign
|w/c 12 April|
|Pitch Refinement Sessions||w/c 26 April|
|Deadline for updated company 1-page summary (if updating was required following feedback received after the Online Panel Selection Days)||w/c 3 May|
|Webinar – How to get the most out of the event||w/c 3 May|
|Pitch recording time slots sent out||w/c 10 May|
|Pitch Recording Sessions||w/c 17 May|
|Final Information Packs sent to exhibiting/pitching companies along with draft Delegate List||17 May|
|Dress rehearsal of presentations||Tuesday 25 May|
|GradInvest 2021||26 May, Online|
Selecting the companies to exhibit and pitch (all stages are compulsory):
STAGE 1: Once applications are validated by each Institution, companies will be invited to attend an Online Panel Selection Session. A maximum of 45 companies will pitch online. To prepare for the selection phase they’ll receive support from each Institution.
At the online selection session, each company will give a 5-minute pitch to a panel of mentors and experienced entrepreneurs. A 10-minute Q&A + feedback from the panellists will follow each pitch.
The aim is to select 16 companies to pitch on 26 May, however the final numbers are up to the discretion of the selection panel.
STAGE 2: Selected companies will be given further support to hone their pitch ready for the showcase via their local Institutions and they will attend online pitch refinement sessions delivered by SETsquared trainers.
All companies selected to pitch at the showcase on 26 May will be required to attend a compulsory rehearsal session on 25 May.
5-minute Pitch Guideline
In general, the audience is looking for an overview/snapshot of your value proposition in the time allocated. They are not expecting huge amounts of detail about how your solution works but are in general more interested in the overall business opportunity that you are presenting. As a guide it is recommended that you cover off the following questions:
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