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  • 1. Just in Time Mentors F5 AV
  • 2. What is F5://JITM? •A cadre of experts, enthusiasts and interested parties •A tool for entrepreneurs to validate and refine their new start-up •A way to foster innovation in the Valley •Think “community sourced Dragon’s Den”
  • 3. The JITM Model •Creators pitch, refine and adjust •Mentors lend their expertise/experience •Attendees observe and learn •Everyone benefits •Innovation in the Valley grows
  • 4. Who can participate? Anyone!
  • 5. Mentors •Experience is cool but not required •Participate, watch, learn it’s all good! •Pick and choose the sessions that fit •Lend your skills to boost innovation •Grow as a community leader!
  • 6. Creators •Have an idea or business plan to validate? •Dry-run your pitch in a safe environment •Obtain free, valuable input on your idea •Refine, evolve, spin again
  • 7. Attendees •“Everyone else” •Observe & learn •Freedom to attend without expectations •Provides pitch audience •Allows Mentors to “sit out” some sessions
  • 8. Some Examples… •A new service •Innovative use of a physical space •An novel approach to an old problem •Repurpose an existing product or idea …and just about anything you can imagine!
  • 9. …and some bad examples •An emerging or not fully-developed idea •Extending the reach/market of an existing product/service •“Selling” to the group
  • 10. Session Format •Creator gives pitch (10-20 mins) •Mentors review & feed back •Open format/discussion
  • 11. Post Session •Mentors may provide afterthoughts •Creators can keep group informed of progress •Can re-pitch if significant changes
  • 12. What next? •We need mentors and creators! •Got an idea to pitch? •Want to participate? •Let us know! •Your feedback will help improve this process
  • 13. Questions? F5://JITM
  • 14. Mentor Guidelines • • • • • • • • • Goal is 3-8 mentors Be Positive Be Realistic Share your knowledge/experience Advise & guide vs. direct Build on the ideas of others Think outside the box Some “homework” may be required Remember, it’s their idea!
  • 15. Creator Guidelines • Come prepared with a 10-20 minute pitch • Pitch like you mean it • Include all facets of your pitch • Printed materials • Websites • Business plans • Can be mock-ups • Be open to all feedback
  • 16. Tips for a Good Pitch •Keep it simple •Keep it interesting •Find your focus •Deliver with enthusiasm •Be ready for tough questions
  • 17. Creating a Session •Creator contacts F5 AV •Creator sends out short abstract •Mentors review and confirm participation •A date is set! •Attendees are always welcome