We recommend that you Attend the Innovation
Olympics sponsored by Bulldog Entrepreneurs on Oct 4,
2011 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the newly renovated University
Hall. This event is all about brainstorming innovative
ideas. You can also ask questions about the TOP DAWG Idea
Pitch. Students who bring their completed Notice of
Intent for the TOP DAWG Idea Pitch will be given an extra
ticket to enter in the drawing for the
prizes we are giving away at the
TOP DAWG Idea Pitch Rules:
Entry form and the five question narrative
are due by 5 pm Oct 7, 2011: The entry form gives us
team contact info. The teamís narrative will give answers
to the five questions the idea pitch must cover. Pick up
extra entry forms and five questions at 207 College of
Business or join the Bulldog Entrepreneurs Facebook group
and download the form and five questions. Submit entry
form and narrative to Debbie Inman, College of Business,
Room 207 on Oct 7, 2011 by 5 pm OR bring your completed
Notice of Intent form to the Innovation Olympics on Oct
A member of your team must attend the Idea
Pitch Content training session on October 11, 2011 in the
evening (exact time and location to be announced). At this
session, you will receive information about how to create
your pitch and you will begin work on a worksheet which will
help you develop your pitch.
A member of your team must attend the Idea
Pitch Presentation training session on October 18, 2011 in
the evening (exact time and location to be announced). You
will bring your completed worksheet with you. This worksheet
will prepare you to better understand this training session
and help you create a killer presentation.
Perfect your pitch night is October 25. Your
team must practice presenting their pitch to our mentors.
Practice produces a better pitch! If you do not practice
with our professional mentors to gain feedback, you will not
TOP DAWG Idea Pitch is November 3,
2011. Each competitor will set up a display showing us their
idea (pictures are OKÖ..if you donít have a prototype,
thatís OK) and have five minutes to pitch their idea during
the event to professional judges as the judges visit each
competitorís display. The student body will also visit
displays and vote for their favorite idea with Bulldog
Questions? Email Debbie Inman:
One to six members form a team.
Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged. (If you pitch by
yourself and are selected as a TOP Idea Pitch team, you must
recruit at least one team member to compete in the TOP DAWG
New Venture Championship.)
Undergraduate, graduate students and recent
alumni (within one year of graduation) may participate.
Faculty members are not eligible to
participate on a team.
Ideas must be your original concept.
At least 10 Idea Pitch teams will win an
invitation to compete in the TOP DAWG New Venture
Championship. (Depending upon the scoring breakdown, we may
choose to include more teams to compete in the new venture
TOP Idea Pitch Teams that compete in the TOP
DAWG New Venture Championship:
Are assigned a business planning mentor who
will coach them through the new venture investment deck
Have access to professional investment deck
Win cash or prizes to be awarded during the
TOP DAWG New Venture Championship Award Ceremony on April
Idea Pitch Competition
Teams must submit the Entry form and the (up
to) three page narrative (answers to the 5 questions)
describing the business opportunity by 5 pm Oct 7, 2011.
Bring your forms to the Innovation Olympics or submit them
to Debbie Inman, College of Business, Room 207.
Five question narrative format:
Up to 3 pages in length
12 point font AND double spaced
must include the following points:
What is the name of your product or idea? Give a
clear description of your product or service. (What does it
do? How does it look? How does it work? What problem or
need is your product or service solving?)
Is your product or service innovative and superior to
existing solutions to the problem? (How does it solve the
problem better than the existing alternatives? How does it
differ from the existing alternatives?)
Who will give you money for your product or service?
(How many people will potentially buy your product or
service? What are the characteristics of these people?)
How do you plan to make money? Will this money be
enough to cover your costs and allow your business to grow?
What resources will you need to move this project
forward? (For example: Money? People? Facilities?) Who will
provide these resources?
Teams are required to attend/participate in
the Idea Pitch Content and Presentation training sessions.
These informative programs will help you refine your answers
to those five narrative questions and prepare you to pitch!
Perfect your pitch session: Teams must
practice their pitch on October 25, 2011 to receive
Five minute pitch during the TOP DAWG Pitch
Event on November 3, 2011
Teams will be given a table to use to set up a
display of their project.
Pitches are Five minutes in duration (Strict
time allotmentÖ..You will be stopped at the five minute
No more than two team members speaking during
the pitch. (You may have other members at your table to hold
Your pitch should include the answers you
turned in for the five questions on the Intent to Compete
A power point presentation is allowed, but not
Judges visit each table and listen to the
pitches and have 5 minutes to ask each team questions.
Judges will also evaluate the teamís display,
delivery ability (eye contact, confidence).
Students will vote for their favorite idea
with Bulldog Bucks.