Here are some sneak-peeks into the Pitch Practice Summit breakout rooms, where Emerging Leaders shared their progress and where Impact Coaches and Peer Advisors were able to ask questions, share their expertise and engage in conversations meant to support Emerging Leaders in finalizing clear, concise (just three minutes!) and impactful pitches that communicate the ways in which they plan to uplift their communities.
Team Algeria: empowering youth and tackling waste issues
The Impact Coaches encouraged the team to find a “hook” for their introduction — something that pulls the audience in — and to be prepared to explain how they plan to scale.
After their pitch, the Impact Coaches and Peer Advisors encouraged the team to define their success criteria and make a clear plan to how they’ll grow their platform.
After the 2020 Beirut explosion, communities were left battered, vulnerable and without the resources they need. The mission of Fadfedi باللبناني, which means express yourself freely, is made up of three pillars: supporting women through testimonials and live chats, connecting them with mental health experts and providing a community of other women facing similar struggles. The goal of their mobile app is to address mental health issues that could arise from events like the explosion and to raise awareness about resources. Already, Emerging Leaders have met with mental health experts who are guiding them on how to best support their community.
The Impact Coaches and Peer Advisors were moved by the impactful start of their pitch, and provided their feedback on ways to best apply for funding that will allow the Emerging Leaders to expand on their app and further their mission.
Team Turkmenistan: educating women on breast cancer awareness
“We want to save lives,” said the Emerging Leaders of Turkmenistan as they presented their breast cancer screening and awareness tool. Through an online platform, they hope to address the issue of a lack of diagnostics in their country and potentially save thousands of lives. With a social media campaign and local partnerships, the Emerging Leaders want to empower women 16 and up to take preventative action and reduce the number of breast cancer cases in the country.
During feedback, the Impact Coaches shared existing resources that the Emerging Leaders can use to help educate women in their country. They encouraged the team to connect their project to the greater international issue of breast cancer awareness while providing solutions that are specific to their country’s needs.
This week, Emerging Leaders will be submitting their final three-minute pitch videos that will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of Bay Area-based judges. The judges will be providing feedback based on potential for impact, pitch delivery and leveraging resources. In a change from previous years of TechWomen, all of this year’s Emerging Leader teams will receive a small seed grant that will allow them to begin to implement their projects. Follow along on Twitter as we watch their progress and capture their impact!