FOLLOW THE TEAMS: EPISODE 3

ELIMINATION!!!


After our second night of PITCH rounds, we’ve reached the point of having to eliminate several of our teams. It’s sad to see them depart but it just means that we’re closer to discovering who has what it takes to earn the $15,000 top prize! We got in touch with several of the 15 remaining teams at the end of the night to see how they were holding up after their second pitch. Here’s what they had to say...

Josh Holm - “Castles and Queens” - Introducing a New Kind of Royalty...

Could you give a brief explanation of your business and its goal?

“An American luxury brand, we hope to put shock waves in the culture in terms of who we are and what we represent. We want to specifically tackle social issues in our collections and through our art. That’s us!”

How did you get involved with Zuventurez?

“I came to the very first competition and helped my buddy pitch his business venture, so that was really cool. So I got to do this one previous time, last year I came to watch, and then this year, I decided it was my turn to PITCH.”

How are you feeling after Zuventurez PITCH Round 2?

“So I felt a lot better after Round 1 but I think it just hits you after Round 2! I honestly just love hearing the other teams pitch but when you get up there for your own it’s almost like you enter your own little world. But I feel a lot more relaxed after getting the results (scores).”

What has helped lead you to this moment where PITCH will really kick-off? Take us briefly through your ‘journey’...

“That’s a great question. I think it definitely took a lot of hard work and convincing myself that the long term and the vision is still viable and doable. For me, it’s a lot of values and a lot of low moments and good moments too! But it’s been using all those learning experiences to make the best option out of all of that.”

What did you feel strongest (the best) about?

“I love talking about what I do! I’ll talk about this any day of the week! So combining the two: the business model and the business brand of any company, and then utilizing who I am, what I am doing, and what I want to do. Then just talking about it!”

What is your plan to improve if and when you make it to the next round?

“I think it’s practice. I went home last time and really looked at what the judges had to say. I made this next pitch better. In the daily hectic life schedules of getting time to do what I love, which is this, I hope to find some time to work as hard as I can to improve and hopefully make that next pitch better!”

Best of luck! Any parting advice for anyone thinking of entering the entrepreneurial world and joining Zuventurez?

“I would say there are a lot of nerves in the beginning. But your dream and your passion have to take control of that. And that’s what has to push you through all the negatives that are going to come your way.”

Elijah Gilbert - “Loot Box” - A Virtual Idea with a Very REAL Opportunity to Succeed!

Could you give a brief explanation of your business and its goal? “Basically, it’s just the idea of combining a bunch of different apps for people to have an immersive experience for eSports. It’s like an ESPN-style app for eSports.”

How did you get involved with Zuventurez? “Well, our professor for our software engineering class pushed us to pitch our idea for Zuventurez, and it seems to be working out well so far!”

How are you feeling after Zuventurez PITCH Round 2? “Man! I was pretty nervous about it for a while but after doing it I feel pretty good! It was a little bit daunting to have to stand up in front of some people (our Zuventurez panelists) that definitely know what they are doing, have experience, and know their way around business pitching. But after doing it and reading the feedback, I feel pretty good about it.”

How do you feel about the scores you received from our panelists? “I feel really great about that! They were actually higher than what I was honestly expecting!”

What has helped lead you to this moment where PITCH will really kick-off? Take us briefly through your ‘journey’...

“We started this idea in our class and have taken it to Zuventurez. We started last semester and this semester we are working on it and obviously starting to pitch it, as well. We’ve been involved with most of Zuventurez’ workshops which has helped prepare us for this pitching process.”

What is your plan to improve if and when you make it to the next round?

“We will definitely just take all the feedback and totally redesign the presentation because the presentation right now is not super high quality. I was seeing some of those other presentations and was actually kind of wowed by the design quality of them. I realized if we’re going to keep going with this our presentation is going to have to reach that level. And again, we can take the advice from all of our scores and go from there.”

Best of luck! Any parting advice for anyone thinking of entering the entrepreneurial world and joining Zuventurez?

“Dude! Even if we don’t make it to another round it’s still a great experience to come in, see people that have experience with this, and see other businesses that are starting up. Pass or fail, it’s a learning experience that’s definitely worth all the time and effort we’ve put into it.”

What’s Next?!

Our 15 qualifying teams will be cut down again as we move towards our greatly anticipated Finals! Inferring on scores and feedback, some teams seem poised to succeed while others have made it this far by a determination and will to just keep PITCHING! Be on the lookout for more updates in the near future as our teams prepare to PITCH at our Semi-Finals on Tuesday, February 26th at 7pm in Wilden Hall! We hope to see you there!

-- Joe Torkelson