Connecting your studio vision and timeline into a succinct pitch will make your aspirations more tangible for you and your audience. Look back on your vision statement, studio goals, and timeline to tell the tale of your studio in a captivating manner!
Output: A 2-minute pitch about your studio that combines your vision, timeline, and goals for those face-to-face meetings and recruiting sessions.
For their recruitment, UC Davis created a video showcasing DFA’s vision, their partners in the community, issues they tackle, and information for their info session. Check out their video here!
Stanford spends their fall quarter training team leads. At the end of the quarter, the studio created a video introducing the team leads and the topic each team will tackle the next 2 quarters. Check out their video here!
Once you’ve got people’s attention from your cool promo activities and materials, you can really sell the value of DFA through a pitch.
Design for America is a network of student-led studios creating social impact in our communities through interdisciplinary design. Design, to me, is _______ (what is design?)
** pause... get them curious**
For example, I worked on a project to ______ (objective). _______ (slap stat). We partnered with _____ (community partner) to observe and talk with _____ (user) and saw that _____ (insight). We discovered _____ (solution).
Right now, I am _____ (describe your DFA role).
- DFA Pitch Template, developed by former DFA Fellow Brandon and UC Davis
When customizing your pitch for students of different majors, think about what their interests are and how DFA can add value to that. For example, business students might be interested in applying management and strategy tools they learn in class to real-world challenges. Design students might like the opportunity to take their concepts beyond making prototypes into the hands of users.
DFA is a place where you can apply the management and strategy tools you learn in class to real-world challenges and turn solutions to those challenges into prototypes and startups that create social impact. We provide the resources and mentorship needed to find and research the most pressing social challenges Americans face today so you can innovate around solutions that will make the difference you want to see in the world. You will have the opportunity to work alongside students from other majors too on one of our number of interdisciplinary teams, so if you have friends that you think would be interested you should let them know!
- DFA Pitch to Business/Econ/Entrepreneurship Majors, written by Julian Bongiorno, former DFA Fellow.