Making the winning pitches!

by C:F Team on 23rd September, 2013 at 9:45 AM CEST

Day #3 is already behind us! Time flies so fast right? Our journey yesterday continued with amusing morning sessions. But, just before the start we had to have it once again: the awesome Indian dance that seems to had left quite an impression to all of the C:F community during the cultural evening, so we asked our Indian friends to repeat the dance during the morning plenary!

In the morning, two sessions were held by Urban Lapajne and Matej Golob that helped the participants to get more insight into their projects and do them better. Urban Lapajne, Start-up Maribor Project Manager held a very interesting presentation on how to build a successful business model and he was followed by TEDx Ljubljana president, Matej Golob. By the way, did you know that Slovenia holds the second place in the world for hosting TEDx events? The first place belongs to Estonia. Nevertheless, Urban and Matej summed up their presentations with a very powerful slogan: Get out of the building!, thus, they gave some guidelines to the participants on how to be successful when starting a project.

After that, the teams gathered in different rooms to work on their pitches. And yes day #3 was much about the pitches!

Day #3 also was also to circle out with all youth keynote speakers. Sartaj Singh Anand from India held a short speech on Where do good ideas come from? He concluded on how stories defy reality. Youth speakers from the previous two starting days of the summit included Nindy Latief from Indonesia, Alice Pejo from Uganda and Stefan Alievikj from Macedonia. We also had the pleasure to hear from Faisal Imtiaz, our big C:F enthusiast from Pakistan who was also actually our birthday boy!

Another speaker whom the participants had the honour to meet was Niko Klansek, Angel Investor who had a presentation on crowd-funding, giving the teams practical tips on how to work on start-up projects. Later in the day, the participants also met with A.T. Kearney. A.T. Kearny team gave a marvelous presentation, sharing straight to the point tips on how to make a winning pitch. Melanie Seier Larsen, A.T.Kearney principal discussed 5 aspects that each speaker needs to master: nervousness, inhibitions, habits, thinking and listening!

So really, how you can make the winning pitch? On day #3, the teams worked really hard on DEVELOPING their ideas on the local Maribor cases, as the moto of the day was DEVELOP. The main task the teams got was that they prepare a 180 second pitch in which they will promote the idea on the challenge they work on. Following a competition principle, 10 teams entered the final selection of solutions on Maribor’s cases, thus the day was marked with 10 winning pitches at the end. Rumor has it, even the judges also had to pitch for choosing the teams to go further! The 10 teams include 4 from the ones working on the corporate cases, 3 working on the social cases and 3 on the start-ups. 

Finishing another though day, the youth challengers switched off their competition mood as at the end it was time for the dialogues in the dark. 

Stay tuned for follow up!

Article by: Ana & Stefan

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Audrey Tangonan

Audrey Tangonan

Very helpful for making the final pitches! :)

23rd September, 2013 @ 3:44 PM CEST

pacifique ndayishimiye

pacifique ndayishimiye

I liked the pitches day

1st October, 2013 @ 11:56 AM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

Amaazing seddule

30th October, 2013 @ 11:32 AM CEST

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