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DEMO DAY Semifinals

Oct. 25, 2017

Twenty entrepreneurs will compete at DEMO DAY Semifinals on Oct. 25, 2017. These include Pitch Series winners and at-large entries.

Everyone who wants to compete at DEMO DAY (even Pitch Series winners) uploads a 10-slide pitch deck during the DEMO DAY application period (after the final pitch series ends).

Judges select 20 semi-finalists from the submissions to compete at the DEMO DAY Semifinals

Each semifinalist at DEMO DAY Semifinals:

Gives five-minute live pitch referencing all 10 pitch slides

Fields five-minute Q&A from judges

Top Five DEMO DAY finalists will be announced on Oct. 27.


Nov. 15, 2017

It’s time to get down to the big business of winning $15,000. Only FIVE Startup Series finalists remain. Each presents a five-minute pitch at Demo Day on Nov. 15, 2017.

All semifinalists who are not in the Top Five, we invite you to set up a trade show type booth at Demo Day to maximize exposure of your brand.

Each finalist at DEMO DAY:

Gives five-minute live pitch

Fields five-minute Q&A from judges

Judges announce live the winner of the Tulsa StartUp Series

The winner of the 2016-17 StartUp Series Competition receives $15,000 to advance their business, along with a year’s membership and desk at 36 Degrees North and a dedicated mentor for 12 months.

10-Slide Pitch Deck Requirements

  • Slide 1 – Elevator Pitch
    • A short, 1-2 sentence explanation of your company:
    • What your company does
    • How your company does it
    • Why your company does it
  • Slide 2 – The Problem
    • What is the problem your company solves?
    • Who has the problem?
    • Why is that problem a big deal?
  • Slide 3 – Your Solution
    • How do you fix your customer’s problem?
    • How is it different, better than others?
    • Customer example / demo
  • Slide 4 – Unfair Advantage
    • Proprietary technology
    • Experienced team
    • Market traction
  • Slide 5 – Business Model
    • Top sources of revenue
    • Cost of goods sold
  • Slide 6 – Market Size
    • Top Down or Bottom Up Calculation
    • Characteristics of the market
  • Slide 7 – Marketing Plan
    • How do you get customers?
    • How many customer can you get?
    • How much will it cost you to get these customers?
    • How many leads will convert into customers?
  • Slide 8 – Competitors
    • Who are all of your competitors?
    • How are you different/better?
  • Slide 9 – Team
    • Who is on your team?
    • Expertise
    • Experience
  • Slide 10 – Milestones
    • What are your goals for the next year?
    • How will you achieve these goals?
    • How will winning help you achieve these goals?
    • Pitch Series winners also need to explain how they used the $2500 prize money to test their business concept

Tips for making slide deck:

  • More graphics, less text
  • Slides are not your script
  • Font should never be less than 30pt
  • Slides should be in PDF format

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