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How to Pitch | Mike Evans (Lecturer, Jones Graduate School of Business)

June 21 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 am CDT

“If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.“—Albert Einstein
Serendipitous moments are at the core of countless success stories – the secret to turning a random instance into a lucky break is preparation. Learn how to effectively speak about your business to anyone at anytime with Mike Evans, independent consultant and Lecturer in Management at Rice Jones Graduate School of Business.

Startups in the process of raising funds and courting investors
Founders trying to concisely tell the story of their complex startups
Entrepreneurs planning to pitch at Station’s next Open Pitch Practice


The essential parts of a good elevator pitch
How to tell the story of your startup in a clear and convincing way

Dr. Michael Evans is an independent consultant specializing in technology and financial management in high technology companies and strategic and tactical development in technology start-up companies. He has over 30 years of experience in the energy and environmental area, including air pollution control technology analysis, combustion systems R&D, and electric utility end-use R&D. He has additional experience in aerospace reentry R&D and electronic radio frequency identification product development. His background includes founder and executive positions in three start-ups in both product and engineering services companies. Prior to relocating to Houston in 2005, Mike was at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA for 15 years where he served as Director of Subsidiary Operations.
Since moving to Houston, Mike has spent the majority of his time coaching and mentoring technology start-ups. He has been a volunteer mentor at the Houston Technology Center and at OwlSpark. He a member of the Rice Alliance Roundtable Advisory Board and he has been a judge at the Rice Business Plan Competition for 8 years. Mike’s particular interest is in clarifying presentations and business models/plans, especially business value propositions. He also provides financial planning assistance and analysis.
Dr. Evans has also been a Lecturer in Management (entrepreneurship) in the Jones Graduate School of Business and is a past President of the Rice Engineering Alumni. He has undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University.
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June 21
6:00 am - 7:00 am


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