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20/11/20 12noon – 2.00pm Pitching Competition with Social Enterprise NI, sponsored by Community Finance Ireland

Friday 20 November 2020
12 NOON – 2.00pm

Are you pitch perfect?

Join Social Enterprise NI as they search for MEA’s best pitch and win a £600 prize kindly provided by Community Finance Ireland.

If you have a social enterprise or social innovation project idea in the Mid and East Antrim area, then submit an application for your chance to pitch the idea to a panel of experts – act quickly as applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 16 November 2020.

There will also be networking opportunities with other social innovators and entrepreneurs at the event.

To register email or call 07936 931462.


Some tips for preparing your pitch

Keep it short: Keep your pitch to 5 minutes in length so you don’t lose people’s attention. Think about the elevator lift concept where you might only have 30 seconds to describe your product/service. A minute to win it!

Remember the 5 Ws: Don’t assume people already know what your campaign is and what you’re all about. Make sure you address the 5 Ws:

  • Who – will the money benefit?
  • What – will it help your business do?
  • Why – do you need this money?
  • Where – Location or event the investment will be used at
  • When – will you spend the money?

Show, rather than tell: Use concrete examples, like photos, testimonials from others, etc. Don’t just talk at the audience, explain your campaign.

Don’t hide behind the curtain: Conversely, don’t just show us your project. Build a rapport with your audience. Speaking directly at your audience makes your appeal more personal, avoid reading from your notes. Eye contact will win votes.

Make sure we can hear you: Speak up! Don’t make the audience struggle to hear you.

Have a great opening: Make sure to get people’s attention from the very beginning of your pitch.

Other tips

  • Some say that 80% of pitches can be won on your opening line
  • A good story can deliver big results
  • Finally, say what you are going to say, say it and say it again!!