A 2-3 minute elevator pitch is a key part of any teams seeking to make an impact. If your team can communicate your challenge, insights from user research, and ways your solution addresses those insight, you will go a long way in building support for your idea. A good pitch can bring connections and resources that your team didn’t even know about and build momentum within your team to push your impact even further.
The following tips are adapted from a workshop lead by DFA’s very own SwipeSense team.
Sometimes, low fidelity video of your pitch can be a final product for a competition. In 2009, the founding students of Design for America submitted their video pitch to the DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge Entry to improve life of those with diabetes. Check out their pitch video that won them the “Most Creative Winner” prize!
In 2014, DFA UofI’s improving the driving experience for people with epilepsy team devised their solution, ResponSense, to empower users, drivers with epilepsy, by notifying them and their family in case of an incident. For their final expo, the team created a poster that included the components of their design and an overview of the problem. Along with the poster, the team created a 1-pager with a condense information of the poster to hand out to the audience. Check out their poster here!
In 2014, DFA Duke teams entered the ChangeWorks competition to share their work and build local support. The team, Dentigo, presented their research and idea in their video. The team managed to reach the final round and competed with 3 other social entrepreneurship teams for a $5,000 prize!
Given where our solution is currently at, how can we better tie our proposed solution that the challenge we defined at the beginning of the pitch?
Is there anything else we need to do as a team before our call-to-action makes sense?