A concept pitch is a 5-8 minute opportunity to convey eight essential things about your project idea or “concept.” Pitches should conclude with an “ask” of the audience – for seed funding, for advice, participation, or other support, for permission to submit an application for full funding, etc. The audience for your pitch could include members of the Lang Center advisory board, faculty, staff, community members, and so on.
- VISION & SCOPE: The vision and scope of a project to foster to systems/structure change or otherwise create social impact.
- TEAM: Introduce members of the student team (names, major/minor, class years, student ID #s of group of students) and the capacity of the students to enact a project, as evidenced by related experience and study. Refer to non-student team members, if known and applicable.
- DESIGN: Processes and methods by which the project could be implemented.
- STAKEHOLDERS: Who are the stakeholders and how will they be engaged in the project design, implementation, and/or evaluation of the project? Provide evidence of stakeholder support.
- DEMAND: Is there demand for a project like this? How do you know?
- FEASBILITY: Feasibility of the project design, if know.
- SOCIAL IMPACT: Anticipated impact of the project in terms of measurable outcomes in the near and long term.
- THE ASK: Do you need seed funding ($500) for further research and project design refinement? Are you requesting permission to submit an application for full funding?
Note: If you cannot respond to these prompts, you probably are not ready for the pitch. Fear note! The Social Innovation Lab @ the Lang Center is a space populated with caring professionals who can help you explore, develop, and modify project ideas. Contact Dr. Denise Crossan, Lang Visiting Professor for Issues of Social Change, to learn more about the programming and services available through the Social Innovation Lab.
After the Pitch...
Those assembled at the pitch will decide together about whether or not to respond favorably to the “ask.” Student groups who engage in the concept pitch and receive seed funding for further research and ultimately find that their project idea is not feasible are under no obligation to enact a full scale project. If seed funding is unused, however, it should be repaid to the college. Student groups who receive permission to submit an application for full funding (up to $25,000) may choose to take their idea forward or not. If they choose not to go further, they will report out to the committee again about what they learned through the course that influenced their present thinking about the project design and its lack of feasibility. If they choose to go further, they will complete an application together which will be submitted to the PPF committee for review. As part of the application, team members will need to submit a multi-year course plan that outlines: How will the courses each of you take influence/inform the design and implementation of the project? Additional or other faculty members may be invited to serve as project advisors. Contact Jennifer Magee (jmagee1) for a copy of the PPF application.