We understood after reading about the Elevator Speech Contest, that it was worth to us way more than points....
Rebekah Radice is always wonderful at bringing us a way to gain business, marketing, or tech tips, & with this contest ~ confidence in speaking concisely about our business, & relationships....
However, today I learned it could be worth even more!! Really you say!!??
The Miami Herald (& many papers) always posts a section titled Business Monday. I arrived home late to scan it & I couldn't get my fingers to the keyboard fast enough.... Now, we haven't heard the results of the contest yet. I saw the benefit of an Elevator speech when Rebekah Radice put the assignment & contest out there for us, but today it took on a whole other level.
There is a Community called "Launch Pad". The contest is in their promoting Global Entrepreneurship Week.
""The Launch Pad opened in August 2008 as part of the Toppel Career Center and offers career guidance, resources, and advice to entrepreneurs, innovators, and inventors at the University of Miami.
Tomorrow there will be presentations totaling over $100,000. Yes, that is true!! $100k. The rules.
The Launch Pad presents
Sponsored by The Miami Herald
There are categories for "Grand Prize", "Student", & "People Choice", plus sponsor categories for $10k each sponsor category.
There are (7) Student & (13) Community Category Finalist
The 2011 Elevator Pitch Finale will be held the evening of Tuesday, November 15th at the University of Miami. Again, the event is free and open to the public to attend.
It is amazing to me what I learn here on Active Rain! Then the reality is "if" I had known about it a little sooner, I may have discovered a way to work on this project & not only strive to achieve points, & business, but also to gain additional resources to fund potential progress in the future. I am too late for this year, as they have chosen their semi-finalists, but may be there will be a next year?
Their philosophy on Venture Capital is that it is not just about the business model, as it is about the person or people as the key ingredient for success. You may have a great business model, but if the customer or investor is not convinced of "you" as the person they are with in the relationship then all is lost.
A note to contest participants...if may be something for those of you in Miami or South Florida for next year. Best Wishes to all of those participating or have reached the semi-finals!! I look forward to hopefully seeing them in person tomorrow evening. Have a great evening! Thanks Active Rain, Rebekah, & Judges to opening my eyes to the Elevator Speech.