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Have Entreprenuerial Vision? Master the "Elevator Pitch." Sign Up by April 26

April 21, 2011

The Creativity & Leadership Project will host a mock venture capital presentation, Reality VC: The Elevator Pitch, on Friday April 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. Five students will have five minutes to present their business plan followed by five minutes of questions from Oberlin alumnus and entrepreneur Eugene Carr '82, founder and CEO Patron Technology, and fellow students. At the end, all in attendance will vote on the winner who will be presented with a new iPad. A dinner catered by Aladdin's and a reception will follow the Q&As.

You must to sign up to present, even as a member of the audience. Please confirm your interest in presenting or attending with Mary K. Gray at mary.gray@oberlin.edu by Tuesday, April 26.

Rules for those pitching
• You'll have 5 minutes to present, which will be strictly timed.

You need to cover the following:
• The concept of the business: why is there a business opportunity?
• The target market: how large, and where?
• The business model: how will you make money?
• Critical factors for success: what do you have to overcome/develop to make this work?
• Competition: who else is out there why will you beat them?
• How much capital do you need and what will you use it for?

You can come with or without a Powerpoint. You will be judged on:
• Presentation content: how well did you communicate the story?
• Quality of your idea: how likely is your project to succeed?
• Financial viability: how strong are the financials?
• Presentation style: how well did you perform?

Participants also will learn about summer internships at Patron Technology in NYC.