First Idea Pitch Session

Author: Emily Tyson

Some study entrepreneurship.  ESTEEM students do entrepreneurship.


This afternoon – after only a few weeks of classes -- in a conference room at Innovation Park, four current students pitched their ideas in the first Idea Pitch Session of the year.

A dozen or so of their fellow class members listened to the pitches, and ESTEEM Director David Murphy and staff members Matt Leevy, Dustin Mix, Jessica Millen, and Emily Tyson asked questions and gave feedback.  Each pitch lasted 5 minutes followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

The ideas presented covered a wide range -- from addressing the problems elderly persons have in the kitchen to the struggles and challenges that face first-generation college students, to solving “bad vibrations” during air travel and creating a better solution for language translation in less-than-ideal situations.

Each presenter was asked to focus their pitch around the following questions:

  1. What problem is being addresed?
  2. Is there a market for the proposed solution?
  3. What is the solution and is it feasible and defensible?
  4. Is there a customer that would pay?
  5. What are the next steps?

Next pitch session is July 20.