PodioBox: How to Run a Perfect Startup Pitching Contest
By Antonio Casula, creator of PodioBox
During the development of our flagship product PodioBox I’ve took part at not less than 20 pitching contests — for a total of more than 300 startup pitches.
It was an exciting journey that helped to learn more about one of our target customers’ field — startups event planners and incubators. I’ve derived this guide using the acquired knowledge.
Task 1. Collect and make all presentations ready to start the contest
Problem: every speaker wants to modify his presentation on the fly, even in the last second before the start. That’s why sometimes he arrives with a memory stick with his presentation inside and insists on presenting with this device. All those presentations are in different formats (mainly PDF, PPT, Keynote) and size that usually makes a problem to combine.
Solution: with PodioBox you can demand the collection of various presentations — invite every speaker to a personal reserved area where each of them will be able to upload and test his own presentation in different formats.
Task 2. Make an optimal presentations order
Problem: every pitch has to be performed in a determined order and time limits of every pitch have to be strictly determined (timer).
Solution: with PodioBox you can easily set a visual timer with automatic start for each presentation. A customizable ‘end of time’ message appears on the display when the timer expires.
Task 3. Switch between presentations fast and smooth
Problem: usually it is quite difficult to switch from one presentation to another one in a fast and smooth way — that’s why this moment is one of the most uncomfortable for the speakers and contest organizers.
Solution: with PodioBox you can easily determine the order and switch between presentations thanks to the sortable presentation list. Speakers don’t need to present with their own laptops, use only one laptop connected with the beamer. To switch to the presentations just click on it.