5 mins read time I know I am going to get a lot of flack with my focus on implementation. There is a reason why I push for it. When we together wrote the first draft for the proposal that ultimately got funded we made three promises to our investors. Each idea that we pick will use the grant we release to reach launch and make a difference. Each idea that we fund will get to a stage where it will become a role model for others. Each idea that we push and promote will show that you can change the world with US$10,000.
4 mins read time If I have three prizes with 75 entries I may pick as many as six winners for my short list. These winners have all made it beyond my first cut because they fit the business plan competition theme, they have answered the question, they have scored high and they have all made my job easier as a judge by giving me the information I need to score them. They all love their ideas, this much is apparent but they have also helped me see why their idea is worth loving.
8 mins read time Since that fateful day in 2006 when we first became victims of Ken’s infamous elevator pitch plank run (as in pirate ship, Blackbeard, et. all) I have spent time on both sides of the table. I have tried to internalize as much of what Ken taught me as possible by doing what he asked us to do, by pitching, by teaching others to pitch and by helping some of the really great companies from my market get the word out. I did that as a presenter, as a mentor, an investor, a banker and a judge.