2023 POW WOW PITCH
VIRTUAL JUDGE BRIEFING
Thank you for being a Judge for the 2023 Pow Wow Pitch Competition! This webpage is designed to provide you with everything you need to know to have a successful judging experience supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs participating in the Pow Wow Pitch Competition.
ABOUT THE PITCH
Pow Wow Pitch is a pitch competition for Indigenous entrepreneurs across Turtle Island to shine the spotlight on pow wow vendors, artists, business builders and innovators from all backgrounds and industries, whether just starting or looking to grow to the next level.
SEMI-FINAL RECORDING DATES
August 14, 2023:
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET: Non-for-Profit
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET: Tourism & Startups
August 15, 2023:
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET: Knowledge
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET: Consumer Products & Retail
August 16, 2023:
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET: Health and Wellness & Innovation
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET: Professional Services & Trades
August 17, 2023:
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET: Food & Drink
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET: Creative
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET: Youth & Startup Ideas
August 18, 2023:
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET: Tech
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET: Fashion
September 29, 2023:
10: 00 AM - 2:00 PM ET: Grand Finale
THE ROLE OF JUDGES
During the Pow Wow Pitch Semi-Finals, judges listen to and evaluate the pitches presented by entrepreneurs. To ensure a thorough understanding of each entrepreneur's business and potential, judges ask questions and engage in discussion.
Following the presentation, judges score each pitch based on predetermined criteria. However, the scoring process isn't the only way judges provide support. In addition to scores, judges also provide constructive feedback to each entrepreneur, regardless of the outcome of the competition.
This feedback aims to help entrepreneurs improve their business by identifying areas of strength and opportunities for growth. The judges' goal is to provide meaningful and actionable feedback that will benefit each entrepreneur, regardless of whether they advance to the next stage of the competition.
HOW THE ENTREPRENEURS WILL BE EVALUATED
Has the entrepreneur communicated their product/service, value proposition and a pathway to sustainability and success?
Has the entrepreneur convinced the judges that they will follow through on their business goals?
Has the entrepreneur clearly communicated how they will use the money to start or take that next step?
JUDGE ONBOARDING EMAIL
JUDGE TECH CHECKS WITH THE PRODUCERS
July 26th and 27th
AUGUST 14th to 18th
SEPTEMBER 5th to 15th
GRAND FINALE JUDGING
GRAND FINALE AIRING
As a judge, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the adjudication process, please email email@example.com.
If you have any difficulty connecting for your tech check or on the day of the production, please contact the Technical Producer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include JUDGE in your subject line to ensure your email receives priority.
SHARE THE NEWS
We invite you to spread the news on social media. Feel free to use the post below for inspiration and download the graphics and frame to promote your involvement!
I am so proud to be a Judge for Pow Wow Pitch to support and encourage Indigenous entrepreneurs as they pitch to win funds and support to start up and take their business ideas to the next level! Good luck to all of the entrepreneurs! 🏹 ❤️ ✨ 🌱 Check out this year’s lineup of Judges! https://www.powwowpitch.org/pitch/judges/
TIPS FOR ADJUDICATING
Each entrepreneur has 1 minute to pitch their business and 2 Minutes of Q&A with the judges. Judges then have 2 minutes to complete their evaluation forms for each entrepreneur they meet. Each judge will assess approximately 10 pitches in a pre-recorded session that will be edited for broadcast airing.
Ask pointed and concise questions that will help you understand the business and the entrepreneur better to make a more informed decision in scoring. There is only time for 2 minutes of Q&A so the longer you take asking the question, you are taking time away from the entrepreneur to answer it and to field other questions from the judges.
If you feel an entrepreneur didn't have time to speak to a particular aspect of their business, you can help them by asking a question to give them a platform to provide you with additional information.
This is a very intimidating experience for many entrepreneurs. Visual cues like smiling and nodding help them feel reassured. For most, this is their first time pitching.
This is a very diverse pool of entrepreneurs at varying stages. Please tailor the sophistication of your questioning to be accessible to the entrepreneur you are meeting.
Avoid jargon and acronyms - e.g. MVP, ROI, etc. Many are at a very early stage and brand new to the world of business.
Hear some of the feedback from judges who took part in past Pow Wow Pitches.
IDEAS FOR QUESTIONS
Please find below possible questions you may wish to ask during the 2 minute Q&A portion of the Pow Wow Pitch.
READINESS/MOTIVATION (for early-stage entrepreneurs)
- What steps have you taken to date with your business?
- What motivated you to start your business?
- Where would you like to see your business in 5 years?
- How are you marketing your product/service?
- What is your go-to-market strategy ? (e.g. online, trade shows, B2B, franchise, etc.)
- Do you have global ambitions for your business? If so, how will you reach your customers
- What makes your product/service unique? How will you stand out above the crowd?
- What has been your traction to date? What are some of your biggest achievements?
- What is your background?
- Tell us about your team or support network around you.
- What have been your revenues this year?
- What are your projections for next year?
- What is your profit margin for each product you sell?
- If you win the 2021 Pow Wow Pitch, how will you use the funds to boost your business?
All Judges and Pitchers (Participants) must conduct an onbaording call with the Pow Wow Pitch Team to ascertain video, audio and Internet quality before participating in the sessions. To ensure consistency and avoid technical issues, we ask participants to set up in advance (computer equipment, location and internet connection) and ensure that the technical setup will remain the same setup for use on the day of the session. Changing the setup may result in unexpected technical problems.
Step 1: Setup YOUR TECHNOLOGY IN ADVANCE
Desktop computer or laptop
Desktop computer or laptop with a charged battery plugged into a power outlet (personal computers on personal networks work best, as sometimes highly secure office computers and networks may have firewalls that prohibit proper Internet connection. Do not use a mobile device.
Webcam (clean the lens to ensure no fingerprints).
USB microphone with earbuds or a USB headset with an attached microphone.
Wired internet connection
Wired Internet connection (do not use WiFi as wireless is not reliable). A participant's recording will reside online into the foreseeable future. Participants need to ensure the brands they represent will be presented in the highest quality possible. A dedicated wired connection to the internet ensures you will not have poor video or audio quality or dropouts.
IMPORTANT: It is imperative participants use a reliable internet connection as re-recording, editing or re-scheduling at a later date will not be possible.
Quiet, indoor location free from clutter, people, pets or copyrighted materials, i.e. art in the background.
Well-lit space. Turn on all lights and open window blinds. Position yourself in front of light sources, avoid major key light sources coming from behind.
STEP 2: Technical call and orientation
Technical call with Pow Wow Pitch Team
All Participants are required to conduct a brief video call with the Pow Wow Pitch Team to ensure proper setup prior to any recording sessions. During this call, Participants will be asked by the Pow Wow Pitch Team to turn on their audio and video to ensure correct functionality.
- Open the invite email with the Zoom Call URL link. Click on the Zoom URL link.
- It is a better experiance if you download the Zoom app onto your computer here.
- When you click on the Zoom invite link you will be able to open the meeting in the Zoom application.
- Depending if you already have a Zoom account you may be able to enter your name and join.
- If prompted by a pop up please click ‘Allow’ so that the Zoom and/or the Internet browser can access the camera and microphone.
- If connection is successful you will enter the lobby and be greeted by the Pow Wow Pitch Team. If it is not successful, call the Technical Producer at (613) 799-7790. He will be waiting on standby.
NOTE: We strongly recommend to download and install the Zoom application before you join the meeting.
Easy yet powerful tips to keep in mind
In some cases session clips may end up in television broadcasts or other professional outlets. Here are some simple DIY tips to ensure your recording remains professional.
TIP 1: It is not flattering to look up someone's nose. Notice that on a desktop computer your webcam is located on top of your monitor and is already close to your eye-level height. If you are using a laptop, elevate your laptop and webcam position so that the lens is at eye-level (avoid upward/downward angles with your webcam). You may have to use a tall stack of books to achieve this.
TIP 2: Come close enough to the webcam so that the top of your head touches the top of your webcam video. Do not sit far away from your camera. Stay centred and in the middle of your webcam video. Pay attention to your body posture and avoid slouching or leaning off to either side.
TIP 3: Speak clearly and project your voice. Business casual wardrobe is recommended.