Last Friday, twenty students took part in a Masterclass organized as part of the final of the French final of the Imagine Cup.
What exactly is the Imagine Cup ? An international competition which has been run by Microsoft in over 180 countries since 2003.
The idea is to put the creativity and the technical skills of students throughout the world at the service of a great cause, with this year’s theme: “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems”.
Students can choose a subject ranging from the creation of software to the development of video games as well as the development of systems and networks. Different directions are thus opened up towards software design, game design, open data and data and, of course, a branch specially designed for startups.
The French Final will take place on the 3rd of May at la Gaité Lyrique. The winners from around the world will win the right to pitch at the grand final being held in Sydney!
A panel of 6 professionals gave direct feedback to three teams, including Alexandre Rovetto, Marc-Arthur Gauthey, founder of Cup of Teach, Patrick Perlmutter, EIR at Le Camping Silicon Sentier, Maxime Lamure, President-Founder of PlanMeUp and Laurent Ellerbach.
David Cohen, who worked for Microsoft for three years, offered three tips in order to introduce your startup: advice that includes the form, such as being friendly and enthusiastic.
The form actually makes it easy to present the content, and this theatrical task, as is taught at Le Camping, is essential.
It is also brought home in the techniques of brainstorming, a task that must be done before putting your slides together.
You must think about what you you are doing before you start writing your slides, and be clear with regards not only to yourself but with your ambitions.
You have to be concise, as the audience may not be able to take it all in at once. Or then again, start by putting it all down on paper before typing it on your computer.
** Check out presentationzen.com, a blog which gives us the skills to put presentations together.
** You could also check out this excellent pitch, which might just give you the edge: