Basics
Registrations: Closed

Topic(s): Investing Pitch Deck Business Plan/Strategy Branding Message

Age: 14+
Dates: Mar 30 - Apr 14 2019
Register by: Mar 27 2019
Status: Private

Specifications & Features
Participants join a course in one of two roles. Basic
Investor only
Premium
Investor & CEO
Interact in a fictional stock market combining entrepreneurs (sharing business ideas and managing companies) with investors (seeking to learn from and invest in companies).
Review and give feedback to CEOs on pitch deck and business plan.
Analyze news articles and evaluate CEO responses and market impact.
Reflect on investment rationale and awareness of other investors' reflections.
Pre/Post Assessment
Download / Adapt three free pitch deck samples.
Complete guided assignments to finish and share a pitch deck and/or business plan.
Learn from feedback from participants and instructors.
Your goal: Ending with the highest share price.
Your goal: Maximizing your portfolio by investing in companies, mutual funds, and CDs.

Registration Cost


Investor: $20.00

CEO & Investor: $40.00
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This is a product-based course focused on the development and improvement of effective pitch decks. The course targets aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs. The course lasts 15 days although users can work ahead to complete tasks. 

Participants will be active learners in applying basic skills and core principles of entrepreneurship within a simulated environment involving participants (CEOs and Investors). All users initially review resources outlining best practices in entrepreneurship.

All participants in this course will receive three sample pitch deck formats in PPT format which can be altered by each user to create his/her own pitch deck in the future. Additionally each particpant will receive three real pitch decks used by real companies which provide models for each of the key slides which make up a pitch deck.

Users joining this course as CEOs will put these principles and resources into action by developing a pitch deck to summarize the key components of their business. CEO's can create a pitch deck for their own business, an existing business, or a fictional/aspirational business.  These components can be used in real life for real-world pitches to angel investors, or further developed into pieces of a business plan.

As the course develops, CEOs will be asked to respond (in writing) to various questions posted by fictional angel investors. Investors and CEOs will be able to evaluate and give feedback to each other based on these answers. CEOs will be assessed via:

  • The development of a successful pitch deck according to best practices,
  • The quality of the products they produce, within a dynamic real-world environment with changing news articles to encourage adjustments
  • Pre/Post assessments
  • Assignments and reflections shared with the instructor and/or the entire simulation.

Investors learn entrepreneurial skills and are assessed on their understanding of content through:

  • Giving feedback on the quality of CEO’s responses through buying/selling shares and direct written feedback.
  • Pre/Post assessments
  • Assignments and reflections shared with the instructor and/or the entire simulation.

This is a participatory course where we work together to provide feedback and ideas both collectively and individually. The goal is real world improvement through class interactions that go beyond "student-to-instructor" and instead are "student-to-class" Feedback is respectful according to detailed norms. Users should expect to hear different points of view and opinions. Users are not obligated to make any changes, but by seeking to understand different perspectives and considering potential adjustments, each user will leave the course with an advanced understanding.

All participants will have access and should download the three pitch decks from real companies which serve as beginning models.

CEOs/Innovators will be expected to create and share their own pitch deck slides, according to course directions. All users are expected to share questions within the simulation to help improve the group's understanding. Investors will have specialized assignments targeting feedback towards specific aspects the CEO's pitch decks.

Assignments and due dates are detailed in the syllabus. Users are expected to share questions within the simulation to help improve the group's understanding.

The course lasts 15 days although users can work ahead to complete tasks. There are no mandatory daily expectations for this course. The development of the pitch deck slides, and the feedback of them, will occur in intervals of 2-3 days. These intervals are outlined in the syllabus. Given the dynamic nature of the course includes news articles and frequent updates and adjustments, encourages users to login periodically to experience the dynamic environment.

At the end of this course, all users will:

  • Strengthen entrepreneurial problem-solving skills by:
  • Evaluate other CEOs' ideas and abilities to develop business ideas according to best practices in entrepreneurship.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current events news stories, and the effect those articles will have on specific businesses.
  • Strengthen skills in proactively seeking feedback from other participants.
  • Assess feedback from the instructor and peers, and evaluate feedback to use in making potential improvements.
  • Understand the purpose of a stock market and how a stock market functions.

CEOs/Innovators learn entrepreneurial skills and are assessed on their understanding of content through:

  • The development of a successful pitch deck according to best practices,
  • The products they produce, within a dynamic real-world environment with changing news articles to encourage adjustments.
  • Pre/Post assessments
  • Assignments and reflections shared with the instructor and/or the entire simulation.

Investors learn entrepreneurial skills and are assessed on their understanding of content through:

  • Giving feedback on the quality of CEO’s responses through buying/selling shares and direct written feedback.
  • Pre/Post assessments
  • Assignments and reflections shared with the instructor and/or the entire simulation.

Learning should be fun and relevant.

Our interactive, dynamic environment keeps learning active for instructors and students, allowing customizations and adaptations along the way to target specific skills at specific levels of complexity.

Most importantly, our learning platform transforms learning from the traditional… to the real world.

Students finish our courses with tangible experience, taking action and creating products they can use in the future. Additionally, they have the opportunity to receive feedback on what they create from a variety of users - helping to fine-tune the quality and message.

Learning is more than summarizing content understanding. It is demonstrated by how effectively we can apply that content into a tangible product that is valued by others. That’s how learning is in the real world, and we think it’s time online learning took a big step in that direction.


If you are an instructor, and interested in offering a course using our platform, reach out and learn more.

Profile Background

This course is led by simCEO creator Derek Luebbe and partner Christie Mckee. Both have over 20 years experience in education in multple levels and in multiple roles.