Do I have to register for the November 6 event as a team?
No. Feel free to find your team after the event. If you have a team, please register as individuals so we have a final count.

Do I have to register for the event?
Yes.  If you would like to attend the event on November 6, you must register using the form on the Startup Milwaukee Week website.  The registration opens October 1, 2018.

What is the dress code for the event? Casual

If registration for the event fills up, can I view Northwestern Mutual pitch their business challenges?
If the event fills up, we will consider making the Reverse Pitches available via video.  Decision to be made close to the event.

Where should I park for the November 6 event?
Free parking will be available for the event – the exact location will be communicated closer to the event itself.

Which Northwestern Mutual entrance should I use on November 6?  
Please use the entrance at 720 East Wisconsin Avenue—NM’s South Building entrance.  Check in at the registration table and someone will direct you to the Commons where the event will take place.

What time does the November 6 event take place?
Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. The event will begin promptly at 4 p.m. and last until 6 p.m.  Please arrive early enough prior to the event to register and find a seat.  Following the Reverse Pitch, a networking happy hour will take place until 8 p.m.

Who from Northwestern Mutual will be in attendance on November 6?
Northwestern Mutual’s Digital Innovation & Research Team, key subject matter experts on the business challenges being pitched, several executives.

Traveling and overnight accommodations:
You are responsible for your travel costs. Preferred hotels are listed below.  We do not have a reserved block of rooms at any of the hotels.  Mention you are staying for a Northwestern Mutual Event to get the company discount.

The Westin Milwaukee: 550 N Van Buren Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53202, 800.675.2671
The Pfister Hotel: 424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202, 855.213.0582
Hotel Metro: 411 East Mason Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202, 414.272.1937

Will I have access to a representative at Northwestern Mutual to ask questions to after the Reverse Pitch MKE event?
Yes. How to access this resource will be announced at the event.

How do I register to pitch my idea back to Northwestern Mutual executives?
Following the November 6 event, there will be an application form available shortly after the event on the website.  Registration to pitch back to Northwestern Mutual will close on December 16.

What should I include in my pitch-back application?
Please include all materials you would like to be considered in your application, including a rough draft of your pitch deck (business plan, business model canvas, wireframes, etc).  Materials will not be considered final, but will be used to determine which applicants can pitch on January 28. 

How long do I have to pitch at the Pitch Back Day on January 28?
If your application is accepted to pitch back to Northwestern Mutual judges, you will have 20 minutes to present the idea and all related materials.

Materials needed for the event:
Any material you will need to present your idea.  If you are using technology as part of your presentation, don’t forget your power cord.  We will provide you the connectors to our Wi-Fi and displays.  Please note, you will not be able to print or use a thumb drive to present your idea.

If we are selected to pitch on January 28, will we be able to see other teams pitch?  Will other teams hear ours? 
No. We will consider each team’s business plan/solution to be proprietary to them.  Only a team from Northwestern Mutual will sit in on the pitches.

Will the leading idea be selected by the panel on January 28? If not, when will we know if we will be offered an investment? 
Investment decisions will not be made on January 28. Northwestern Mutual will follow up with teams by the end of the month.

Can existing startups that have solutions to Northwestern Mutual challenge statements apply?

Absolutely.  We welcome existing startups that can solve these challenges.  Companies who already have a determined valuation should include that information in their pitch.