Sponsorship Presentations 101: Tips and Tricks for those making their presentations

Katie Arnold - VP Finance
Posted on: October 29, 2017

Sponsorship time is upon us! For those of you who haven’t seen the posters I’ve plastered all over the Student Design Center, this term the Waterloo Engineering Society is giving out over $10 000 total to student teams and groups at the University of Waterloo.  While the due date for proposals has already past, this guide is to help those making a presentation make the best presentation possible!

Tell Us Who You Are

Knowing your team name isn’t enough, it’s really helpful to know who you are, what your goals are, what competitions you attend, what events you do on campus. A good background on the team can really put things into perspective.

Tell Us How Many Engineering Students Our Contribution Will Affect

Knowing how much benefit our dollars are bringing is significantly important to us! We do accept proposals from teams outside of the engineering faculty, but we do look for engineering student breakdown among teams.

Tell Us What You Want

It’s insanely confusing to have a presentation not tell us what they are asking for funding for. “What did they want again?”

Prioritize

Student teams come to us asking for funding for multiple items. And that’s great! However, at the end of the day we can’t fully fund everyone, so have a clear breakdown of your team’s priorities.

List Any Sponsorship Tiers

A lot of teams have pre-made sponsorship packages they send to companies. Feel free to send it my way at vpfinance.b@engsoc.uwaterloo.ca. It would be handy to provide information on where we sit now in your sponsorship, if your tiers are cumulative, and any other details.

Be On Time, Be Ready

Lateness, unpreparedness and sloppy presentations have all affected the decisions made by the committee previously so be aware.

Please do not feel like this is a rigid template. This guide is written from the position of someone who has sat on the Sponsorship Committee six times. It is not a comprehensive format, just a list of tips. Ultimately, it is the decision of the six individuals who sit on our committee.

Best of luck to everyone, and I’ll see you on presentation day!