How the Dobson Practicum Works
Concordia students and recent graduates can sign up online to pitch starting in November 2019
Entrepreneurs should prepare a 5 minute presentation about their business idea and be prepared for a 10 minute Q&A
Entrepreneurs are required to submit a 1-page outline of their business idea
Entrepreneurs can be at the idea/concept phase, have already started their research or have already started generating revenues
Below are some quotes from participants in this year's Rocket Pitches:
"Great experience overall. I look forward to meeting my mentor as well as pitching in Round 2 and in the Final, hopefully. Congrats!"
"I think is well organized, and we have a good chance to sell our idea / product/ service. So, great experience."
"I enjoyed the experience and believe that the Q&A was useful and thought-provoking."
The top 20 entrepreneurs selected from the Rocket pitches will be paired with a mentor
Entrepreneurs are required to attend a minimum of 2 business workshops (list to be provided) to help them refine their idea, prepare their plan and improve their pitch
Entrepreneurs will work with their mentors to refine their business idea and business plan and present a progress update for the chance to compete in the $EED Competition
The top 10-12 entrepreneurs will be selected based on the improvement of their business idea and the work with their Mentor as presented in their progress update
Entrepreneurs will continue to work with their mentors, improving their business plan and pitch
Finalists may be split into two streams: Concept Validation and Market Ready depending on the stage of their business
Finalists will have the opportunity to compete in the $EED Competition on April 17, 2020 for a chance to win part of $10,000 in start-up capital