Pitch coaching for USC student entrepreneurs

USC Stevens Center for Innovation is offering pitch coaching to USC students who are planning to pitch a startup or business idea. The Stevens Center has partnered with startup pitch coaches Patrick Henry and Luke Brown to host an educational program aimed at helping USC student entrepreneurs.

The program will be a two-part educational session on March 25, 2021, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. It will consist of a lecture on best practices for startup pitches and an opportunity to sit down (virtually) with one of the startup pitch coaches one on one.

“While we weren’t able to hold our in-person Student Innovator Showcase this year, we wanted to provide a pitch coaching opportunity for students,” said Jennifer Dyer, executive director of the Stevens Center. “Patrick and Luke have provided coaching to Showcase participants in the past and students have found it to be extremely helpful.”

Limited space is available for the session and attendance is first come, first served. Registration will open on March 10 by completing this form.

About the Program

  • Takes place Thursday, March 25, 2021, 3:00-4:30 p.m. via Zoom. Students should plan to be available for the entire session.
  • The session consists of a 45-minute lecture on pitching best practices (taught by Patrick Henry and Luke Brown), immediately followed by breakout rooms where each student entrepreneur will have up to 15 minutes of 1:1 time to present their pitch for feedback with either Patrick or Luke.


  • Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled for entire Spring 2021 semester.
  • Participants must attend the 45-minute lecture in order to have a 1:1 with a coach.

About the Coaches

Patrick Henry PhotoPatrick Henry: Professor Patrick Henry’s expertise is in applying theories of social networking into career and business development efforts for professionals. He received Marshall’s Golden Apple Award in 2006 and 2012. He also received the Ivan C. Thompson Award for Mentoring of Students. He has headed Maverick Angels, a group of angel investors that has invested in several Trojan Ventures. He also heads the Annual University Venturing & Angel Summit in which the top 20 ventures from nine local universities pitch for human and capital resources. In addition, he is a board member, investor, and advisor to The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Trojan Storage, Puroast Coffee, and College Zoom. For the past several years years, he has served as a coach to the students participating in the USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase.


Luke Brown PhotoLuke Brown: Luke Brown is the founder and CEO of Eruppd, a SaaS platform for online arbitrage. This is his fourth entrepreneurial venture, with his previous companies in the banking, telecommunication, and distribution industries. He also serves as an advisory board member for more than a dozen companies. Since 2014 he has been a Visiting Scholar at the USC Marshall Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. He teaches business planning using the Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup methods. He has worked with students in the USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase, USC Entrepreneur Club, USC Summer Accelerator, New Venture Seed Competition, and Blackstone Launchpad. In addition, he was a mentor at South by Southwest Vegas to Venture.

Questions can be directed to info@stevens.usc.edu.