Pitch Your Project
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Sunday Afternoon (24 June)
Work up until 3pm, then submit your slides for presentation.
- You will need to submit your slides at 3pm on Sunday. You’ll receive your presentation slot then.
- Formal pitches will start at 4pm on Sunday.
- We have provided a PowerPoint and Keynote template for you to use for your presentation.
- Each team will have three minutes to present. The judging panel may ask a question or two, but in most cases there will be no Q&A. After each presentation we immediately jump straight to the next presentation.We will be very strict on timing.
- You will have a choice of using your own laptop for the presentation, or passing a file to a member of our team for presentation on a central laptop. During the 3pm check in you will test your slides. During the final pitches your time begins even if you are fiddling around with technology.
- The room is yours. Use visual aids and make your presentation interactive if you want. But remember that you only have three minutes.
- You will be alerted when you have 30 seconds remaining. Pitches will not be allowed to go long; some of the judging panel members need to leave at a certain time.
- Nominate a single person in your team to present. Hand-offs and transitions can be time consuming. We’ve certainly seen teams have two or three people share the presentation successfully, but rarely does it flow as nicely as a one-person presentation.
- Keep your slides visually interesting, light on text and try not to read from the slides.
- Start with a hook – this could be a story, a joke, or a rhetorical question. Try to evoke an emotion and grab the audience’s attention immediately.
Good Pitches Include
- Your mission statement: The problem your concept is solving and HOW. Try to distill this into one or two sentences.
- An overview of your core features. Focus on benefits, rather than just listing functionality.
- Identify the target market and explain why they will want this product.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the market (i.e., size of target market, behavioral statistics, barriers to entry, etc.).
- If there are existing competitors, quickly mention them and explain how you are different.
- If you see potential to expand into new verticals/markets, just mention them briefly.
- If you have a functional product (rock on!), allocate time to do a demo. Show what you built. Impress us that it works. We want to see your design.
- Meets the needs of the city
- Pitch presentation
There will be a prize for the favourite pitch tomorrow afternoon after all the presentations have been made. Instructions will be made at the end of the presentation itself. So keep a lookout for it!
Keep Your Eye on the Prize
You can find a list of prizes for the best ideas here. We’ll distribute prizes Sunday evening.
The top teams will also have their work showcased at the World Cities Summit at Marina Bay Sands from 1st – 4th July. The overall winner of UP Singapore will also be announced here.
And just a word of thanks to StartupWeekend for inspiring much of this page!