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With the fall competition season rapidly approaching (about 60 days away), it's time to add a few new ideas to your bag of tricks. Many of our partners ask how they can build more engagement and excitement around their events to keep the participation growing every year.
By bridging opportunities for students to connect before, during, and after your events, you'll also create a way to introduce your judges and stakeholders to top talent.
3 Tips to Integrate Recruiting Into Your Competition
1. Leverage Your Alumni and Personal Networks
One of your most valuable assets is the broad range of expertise that your alumni-network offers. When it comes to competitions, putting students in touch with individuals that are in their field of interest creates major value for the student and the alumnus. Be sure to look outside your region as well and incorporate opportunities for them to participate in your competition remotely. More details on how to facilitate this long-distance involvement can be found here.
2. High School Outreach
Any university can attest to the value of exposing students to their brand and value early on. If you currently don't have a high school division for your competition, you need to seriously consider it. By bringing in high school students, it not only creates a new dimension to your competition but it also puts your organization top of mind when students are making decisions on where to apply. Here is a great example.
3. Local Community Outreach
Competitions are not all about prizes. Time and time again we hear that young entrepreneurs are looking for more opportunities to connect with local businesses. Internship opportunities and continuing mentorship after a competition provide a very powerful incentive to get students to participate. By facilitating these types of relationships and providing value after a competition closes, you can expect a long-term interest in your newly create entrepreneurship ecosystem.
How are you creating change in your entrepreneurship program? Share your story with us and we'll feature you and your program in our PitchBurner Academy LinkedIn group. The PitchBurner Academy is a group dedicated to providing best-practices and connecting entrepreneurship champions across the globe.
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