Edtech Pitch Night

Our next upcoming Pitch Night event is on the 12th of December 2018 at 232 Complex, Lumley Beach The doors open at 18:30 (6:30pm). The event will start at 19:00(7pm) and end at 20:30 (8:30).

The theme for December 2018 Freetown Pitch Night is EdTech.

EdTech, or education technology encompasses everything from the simple use of computers to teach maths and reading to students and others, to the submission of homework online, entire online degree platforms, informal mobile learning applications, gamification or virtual reality techniques.

Just as technology, and particularly the digital era, has disrupted and improved most major segments of economies, education and training will in the same way undergo a tech revolution. The impact of Edtech in Sierra Leone will be significant.

Four entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas on Edtech to demonstrate the potential impact of Edtech..

RSVP to mail@freetownpitchnight.com

We wish to thank our main sponsor- Mützig- “A Taste of Success”, Orange, Innovation SL; our partners- Cordaid, & Insight Magazine.

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5 ways to protect your idea during a business pitch

If you’re in the business of developing original ideas for new products or services, you’re probably facing a dilemma. How do you pitch an idea to potential investors and clients without giving away too much information, risking it being stolen?

Here are some practical steps to help you deal with this issue:

1. Keep your idea secret before the pitch. Don’t show off, brainstorm or disclose information to anyone prior to the pitch just because you think that your idea is great. Only disclose information when there is a clear need to do so, and the benefits of disclosure clearly outweigh any of the risks.

2. Be careful when selecting companies to pitch to. Do a background search on potential clients, contractors or investors. What does their work portfolio look like? Why would they want to get into business with you? Are they a competitor? Check their reputation before you give away any vital information and get recommendations from others in the industry if possible.

3. Reveal only what you must and nothing more. If you’re pitching an idea to a potential client, give them only the information necessary to convey what your product or service delivers. Don’t bare it all if it’s not required to seal the deal. If you’re pitching to investors or lenders, they may ask you to disclose more information, as they will likely want to know more about your idea before committing financially to it.

4. Create and document an extensive paper trail. Record your idea or concepts in writing as much as possible, and keep detailed notes of discussions and conversations where you’re disclosing information to other parties. The more details you keep in these records, the more useful they can be if someone challenges your ownership in court.

5. Think about confidentiality. If you have to disclose your business secrets to other parties, it may be worth entering into a non-disclosure agreement with potential investors, contractors, clients or other associates. Be aware that asking investors to sign a non-disclosure agreement may risk you losing an audience, as many will simply not sign it. However, if the dangers of losing your secrets outweigh the business opportunity, you will need to make a careful decision whether to pursue it without non-disclosure agreements.

If you’re pitching an invention rather than an idea, it would be wise to check if it qualifies for patent protection before disclosing anything to anyone. This is because your invention will no longer be patentable if you’ve disclosed information about it to the public before filing for a patent.

Finally, if you’re worried about disclosing information about your idea or invention during a pitch, seek professional or legal advice in advance.

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