Entrepreneurs! California Women’s Conference Accepting Submissions for its Dolphin Tank

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California Women’s ConferenceEventComplete, LLC has announced that it is accepting applications for its “Dolphin Tank” competition for entrepreneurs taking place on September 24, 2012 at the California Women’s Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center.

The California Women’s Conference (CWC) will have an interactive session for motivated entrepreneurs. “We’re thrilled to help bring to life the dreams of entrepreneurs willing to share their ideas, products and concepts with us in the Dolphin Tank,” said Michelle J. Patterson, CEO of EventComplete. “We ‘swim’ alongside these women and look forward to helping them develop concise, compelling messages and bring their innovative ideas into reality with guidance from our experts.”

What Happens In The Dolphin Tank?
Prior to the conference, executives from Springboard Enterprises will select five start-up companies for an opportunity to pitch their business idea, product or service LIVE in the Dolphin Tank in front of thousands of attendees. “The CWC is bringing together top-notch entrepreneurs, investors and start-up experts to be our “Dolphins” and provide ‘friendly feedback’ and actionable insights to these five presenters,” said Patterson.

Each presenter will have two minutes to their pitch their idea and include a specific question, request or description of a challenge that they face. The Dolphins will then evaluate the presenters and give them tangible, actionable input on how to improve their pitch in order to attract investors, partners, colleagues or customer interest. In addition, the CWC will have a team of Resource Partners in the audience offering their own insights, suggestions or connections for each of the presenters. The Resource Partners include bankers, lawyers, accountants and branding experts who regularly work with entrepreneurs and start-ups.

Each of the five companies will receive a gift bag filled with resources to help them with their business as well as a chance to meet with a selection of Resource Partners following their presentation to ask questions, get ideas and identify key resources for their business. Additionally, runner-up candidates who did not present on the main stage, could be selected to participate in this
follow-on session.

“Whether applicants are creating an ‘app’ that helps people find new friends; a website that assists parents in finding the right camp for their children; or a novel approach to reducing stress, it’s all exciting to us!” said Denise Brosseau, co-founder and member of the National Council of Advisors of venture catalyst Springboard Enterprises. Springboard is the premier platform where entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts meet to build great women-led businesses.
To apply follow these simple steps:

Download and study this helpful script for help preparing a pitch.

Upload a two-minute video that shows the best pitch on YouTube and link it as a video reply to the Dolphin Tank video on our YouTube Channel. The CWC’s YouTube Channel is located at www.youtube.com/user/CaliforniaWomensConf or go directly to the video located at http://youtu.be/ptMedZFHN-s (Remember to submit a URL/link to your YouTube video when you fill out the Pitch Form.)

Complete this Pitch Form to provide information about you and your idea.

Then What Happens?
All video submissions will be reviewed by our select panel of Springboard judges. Springboard will contact finalists and provide coaching prior to their two minute pitch at the CWC.

Need More Reasons To Participate?
Leading up to and following the event, the CWC will feature the top selected videos on its website to provide additional visibility for the great ideas in the running. Following the program, a video of highlights from the Dolphin Tank will showcase the best presentations on the CWC’s website throughout the coming year.

Background on the Dolphin Tank
For more than a decade, Springboard has provided a platform for recruiting, coaching, showcasing and promoting women entrepreneurs who want to grow their companies BIG. Springboard knows that entrepreneurs often have limited time to attract the attention of those big strategic connections that can catapult their businesses forward. That’s how The Dolphin Tank was created. Since 2011, Dolphin Tank sessions have occurred in New York, Boston, Washington, at SXSW in Austin, TX and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Priority will be given to video submissions made by July 31. The final deadline for submissions is August 31. The Dolphin Tank will take place on September 24 at the Long Beach Convention Center during the California Women’s Conference.

Who Can Apply: Only attendees can apply to present their ideas. To purchase conference tickets please visit www.CaliforniaWomensConference.com.

Interested in Participating in Dolphin Tank as an expert or sponsor? Resource Providers interested in joining our team of Resource Providers should complete this form. Interested sponsors can reach the Dolphin Tank team via email at dolphintank@californiawomensconference.com.

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