AUSTIN, Texas – March 17, 2016 — The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center (the Center), Values Partnerships, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation (CATI) announced today the development of the “Pitch Toolkit” to help entrepreneurs perfect their pitch to investors and/or customers in high-pressure situations. The announcement was made at a casting call for ABC’s Shark Tank organized by Values Partnerships at Urban Co-Lab Austin during the South by Southwest Festival (SxSW).
The ready-to-use toolkit will help entrepreneurs perfect their pitch, learn how to shine onstage and be memorable at pitch competitions, and provide tips for deepening their product / market fit to take advantage of new opportunities to strengthen their business.
“Whether you’re pitching to millions on national TV or to a key potential customer in a small conference room, being able to tell your story succinctly, with conviction, and establish credibility is a critical skill that is not mastered overnight. Just like training for a marathon, presentation skills require dedication and practice, which this toolkit helps demystify,” said Nicola Corzine, Executive Director, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.
The “Pitch Toolkit”, curated by marketing, sales and communications experts, will be released during the 2016 diversity casting tour for Shark Tank, organized by Values Partnerships. Values Partnerships is leading a nationwide casting tour supporting minority entrepreneurship and recruiting diverse ideas and voices to pitch on Season 8 of the hit show. Casting calls are planned in local communities in Miami, FL; Austin, TX; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Detroit, MI; San Francisco/Oakland, CA; New Orleans, LA; and Cincinnati, OH.
“Entrepreneurs are the spark needed to fuel the economy and broaden economic opportunity; especially in the communities that need it most. Despite a dynamic increase in the number of quality minority-owned firms, the amount of funding from traditional sources – such as banks – and private equity sources alike is startlingly low. Perfecting the pitch is a first step in ensuring diverse entrepreneurs earn the support they need; we look forward to sharing this resource during our nationwide tour,” said Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships.
In addition to providing support for entrepreneurs, the “Pitch Toolkit” will provide guidance for organizations supporting entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ecosystems…
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