I’m attending my first pitch competition this weekend (I’m pumped!). It’s hosted by my old university in front of angel investors. I’ve tried both memorizing my pitch and using just a broad outline and speaking off-the-cuff. Both methods seem to have their advantages/disadvantages (sounding like a robot vs. missing key details). How do you recommend I approach the pitch and what advice would you give me?
You know your "stuff"; just speak from the heart and leave them with the fact that you are authentic. Leave them plenty of time to ask questions. Maybe even plant some ideas for questions. Good luck and just go out there and win!
Did they give you an outline of points they want covered? Is it a fast pitch? Do you have slides?
Fast pitch is about just getting enough interest for a meeting. They know you will miss facts. Go to iBOSS or Tech Coast Angels for some critical tips. http://www.techcoastangelscelebration.com/#about