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Krish01 Krish01 is offline
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Hi Guys,,

Thanks for the information.
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HI,,
That is no easy feat. After all of your hard work, you want to make a good impression on the judges and convey your research well. The following information will give you an idea of what the competition is like from a judge's perspective, what criteria are used to decide the winners, and how to make the most of your limited time with a judge.
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water4ethiopia@gmail.com water4ethiopia@gmail.com is offline
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I definitely believe it is well worth having the founder of the business doing at least one piece to camera, so that the voters can see who they are backing and you'll also be really surprised as to how many people then forward on the link to your video to people you have known in years gone by.

Do note that the 60secs pitch video really is 60secs and that if your video is 62secs long then the last 2 seconds simply gets chopped off by LiveWIRE and then looks like a really weak finish to your pitch.

Setting up an event (not a group) on facebook worked well for us as it made sure people voted before the deadline.

If you are able to tap into every single mates mailing list you have ever been on, or can persuade teachers from your old school to ask their pupils to vote for you (especially if you can get the Economics/ Business Studies or Young Enterprise teachers on-board) then that's a good vote winner too. Perhaps you can set-up an assembly or be part of a Business Studies/PSE lesson at your old school - the teachers love this because you are inspiring their classes and you gain votes, and lots of them, in return

When emailing out the link to the video then have a think about your timing on this. Sending it at midnight on Sunday usually means the email gets lost in Monday morning admin, whereas a Thursday or Friday afternoon email with a quirky caption usually leads to bored employees feeling the urge to check out your video more promptly. Make sure you send the link out more than once and to both home and work email addresses too. Highlight that it only takes 60secs to register to vote and another 60secs to watch the video - quicker to vote for you than heading to the toilet!

Don't be afraid to ask one of your close friends to send out a big group email to everyone you both know singing your praises, but in such a way as to entice your mates to want to have a look. An email title such as "I can't believe [name] actually thought of this!" goes down a treat. After my friend did this I then followed up his email with "Thanks Jack, but I can't believe how many times I mentioned Ethiopia in a 60secs video!" which lead to more mates watching it, them forwarding the link on, and adding their own views into the email chain too.

Finally, expect potential voters to give you a complete grilling on your idea (as though they suddenly think they are an incredibly well qualified expert Dragon in the Den!) and to have your short answers already prepared. But don't be worried about people not liking your idea, a very high percentage of those you show will really respect your efforts in getting a new idea off the ground and are still very likely to vote for you once they have watched the video even if the idea isn't their cup of tea.

I hope this helps and if you have any questions just ask on here or email at andy@water4ethiopia.org.
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I definitely believe it is well worth having the founder of the business doing at least one piece to camera, so that the voters can see who they are backing and you'll also be really surprised as to how many people then forward on the link to your video to people you have known in years gone by.

Do note that the 60secs pitch video really is 60secs and that if your video is 62secs long then the last 2 seconds simply gets chopped off by LiveWIRE and then looks like a really weak finish to your pitch.

Setting up an event (not a group) on facebook worked well for us as it made sure people voted before the deadline.

If you are able to tap into every single mates mailing list you have ever been on, or can persuade teachers from your old school to ask their pupils to vote for you (especially if you can get the Economics/ Business Studies or Young Enterprise teachers on-board) then that's a good vote winner too. Perhaps you can set-up an assembly or be part of a Business Studies/PSE lesson at your old school - the teachers love this because you are inspiring their classes and you gain votes, and lots of them, in return

When emailing out the link to the video then have a think about your timing on this. Sending it at midnight on Sunday usually means the email gets lost in Monday morning admin, whereas a Thursday or Friday afternoon email with a quirky caption usually leads to bored employees feeling the urge to check out your video more promptly. Make sure you send the link out more than once and to both home and work email addresses too. Highlight that it only takes 60secs to register to vote and another 60secs to watch the video - quicker to vote for you than heading to the toilet!

Don't be afraid to ask one of your close friends to send out a big group email to everyone you both know singing your praises, but in such a way as to entice your mates to want to have a look. An email title such as "I can't believe [name] actually thought of this!" goes down a treat. After my friend did this I then followed up his email with "Thanks Jack, but I can't believe how many times I mentioned Ethiopia in a 60secs video!" which lead to more mates watching it, them forwarding the link on, and adding their own views into the email chain too.

Finally, expect potential voters to give you a complete grilling on your idea (as though they suddenly think they are an incredibly well qualified expert Dragon in the Den!) and to have your short answers already prepared. But don't be worried about people not liking your idea, a very high percentage of those you show will really respect your efforts in getting a new idea off the ground and are still very likely to vote for you once they have watched the video even if the idea isn't their cup of tea.

I hope this helps and if you have any questions just ask on here or email at andy@water4ethiopia.org.
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Hey guys,

Ive been short-listed for this months Shell Livewire Grand Ideas Awards.

Been browsing these forums for a while and wanted to ask if anyone has any tips for me in terms of getting votes as my video is up there now amongst the other contestants.

After having gained qualifications and experience in 3d/2d animation and illustration, I have just started up an animation company that specialises in making online adverts which describe and explain what your company does in under 2 minutes.

Any nuggets of wisdom and advice would be real helpful.

www.aniboxx.com
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Darlene576 Darlene576 is offline
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Thanks for the encouragement. I keep telling myself maybe I will apply next month then I miss the deadline.

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I applied for last months award and didn't hear back at all. I will probably apply in the nearby future but I'm worried that the same thing will happen. Is it normal to not hear back?
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I can't answer your question Jake, sorry, but I have to say the team are really easy to get in touch with. Pick up the phone and give them a call, they don't bite and will be more than happy to help you.
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I've recently submitted an application for the Grand Ideas Award and we been shortlisted (I hope I'm allowed to reveal that!) - I'm currently in the process of writing the elevator pitch, so when that has been done and submitted I'll take some time and write up my thoughts on the whole process, but in the mean time here is how I approached the application:

I started writing notes for the application about 3 months before I finally submitted it - for such an important event you really can't afford to rush your answers! Taking the time to go away and come back to my answers made it easier for me to articulate the point I was trying to get across.

As the original poster pointed out, you only have 200 words per question. Before I wrote up my final paragraphs, I tried to get my answers to flow from question to question so that instead of being separate blocks of 200 words, it was one cogent document.

The content of your answers has to stand out, think about the amount of people who will also be submitting applications! I tried to get down in words how I would talk about my business in person, using professional language but conveying my passion for the project and the vision for its future.

One thing I picked up from the guidance videos supplied by LiveWIRE was to talk about where your business is now, but also where you see it going in the future. They flat out tell you that they are looking for sustainable businesses, so you have to show them that it is!

Finally, I found the last couple of questions to be a lot more personal than those before, focussing on what winning an award would mean to me. I chose to give honest answers, which I think is all you can do, but it's a good area to try and convey your overall vision for the project - in 20 years time, might you look back and see winning the award as the stepping stone you needed to achieve all your goals?

I hope that was helpful. Like I said, I'll be sure to write up my experiences once the whole process has been completed!

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When you get to the final, you need to get what you want across quick and keep the person watching entertained. Check out Video 7 - Squash stix on the link here http://www.shell-livewire.org/awards...ideas-awards#7.

It's not just sat in front of a camera, its busy with music, visuals and voice overs to keep someone interested.

If you like that Video, Please Vote for it!

Tom
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Akin to Squash Stix I also felt that keeping the audience entertained was an important factor... That said, you don't want to distract viewers with too many fancy fades/effects. As a result I decided to go for a one-take summary of PleaseCycle, combining it with relevant images and a couple "Minority-Report" style animations... I hadn't seen anyone do something like that before, so figured it might help to bring a little innovation to the table.
Check it out (and vote!) here: http://www.shell-livewire.org/awards...ideas-awards#7

That said, bear in mind that the 60-second short is only part of the total score and it's ultimately about the strength of your idea. No matter how jazzy the video, there are plenty of "mundane" videos which often get my vote simply because the business logic is sound and they could really benefit from an injection of £1,000.

Lastly, I see it as an opportunity to give the community a sense of your personality / character, as you often hear "Dragons" speak of investing in the "individual" rather than the "idea" itself.

Hope that helps...
-Ry

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Hey guys,

Ive been short-listed for this months Shell Livewire Grand Ideas Awards.

Been browsing these forums for a while and wanted to ask if anyone has any tips for me in terms of getting votes as my video is up there now amongst the other contestants.

After having gained qualifications and experience in 3d/2d animation and illustration, I have just started up an animation company that specialises in making online adverts which describe and explain what your company does in under 2 minutes.

Any nuggets of wisdom and advice would be real helpful.

www.aniboxx.com
I love your website. Very nice and creative.
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Hi everyone,

I found out a few days ago that i'd been shortlisted for the Feb awards and today I've filmed my video. The thing that helped me write my application was to write it all out on paper before putting it into the computer, meaning I could scrawl things out and tweak to my heart's content. Paper's also handy for leaving next to your bed at night so when you wake up at 1am terrified you've forgotten to mention something vital you can write it down there and then, meaning you don't forget it and you can sleep more peacefully for the rest of the night! The 200 word limit I saw as my enemy to begin with, but during my editing, I saw it cut a lot of my waffle out, leaving a more powerful application, so just read and re-read to see what you can cut, and ask other people. You know what's inside your head, but you have to check with others to make sure you're conveying it well enough.
As for the video... There's no point adding fancy effects, they don't make your business idea any better! So my video is quite basic, but hopefully with enough interest in the background to keep viewer's attention! My video could flop yet, if so, please ignore the above! Come and see the business on twitter: @thecountedsheep and on facebook too: www.facebook.com/thecountedsheep Hope to see you there!
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Hey,

I too have been shortlisted this month and I'm over the moon. This is the first time I entered for this particular venture (and it was to be the last as I am sadly too old next month!). I made sure I wrote everything down first in a word document. My business really has two parts, but I focussed on the bit that really makes it innovative.

I've just uploaded my video today. It's taken me a few days to do. I really couldn't cover everything in 60 seconds so again, I focussed on the bit that makes us different. Hoping it goes down ok!

In the meantime, come join me at www.facebook.com/establisheduk

Thanks,

Emma.
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