Pear hosted its invite-only demo day online this year; here’s what you might have missed


based seed-stage venture firm that has, from its outset, attracted the attention of VCs who think the firm has an eye for nascent talent , staged its seventh annual demo day earlier this week, and while it was virtual, one of the startups has already signed a term sheet from a top-tier venture firm.

Misk 500 MENA Accelerator Celebrates First Demo Day


Its been one week since the Misk 500 Batch 1 Demo Day and we’re still smiling. The post Misk 500 MENA Accelerator Celebrates First Demo Day appeared first on 500 Startups. The energy in the room in Riyadh, on May 13th, was palpable. The 19 companies were on FIRE and rose to the occasion to give the best versions of their pitches. Due to the observance of Ramadan in the region, the event began at 10 PM and concluded at 3 AM.

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Western Mass Demo Day! Wha who!

Paul G. Silva

Western Mass Demo Day Connects Local Startups to Investors. If you want to raise money now or in the near future, Western MA Demo Day puts you in a room full of people with money, who actively invest in companies like you, and who are keen to be helpful. This is an invite-only event for active & accredited investors to hear pitches from startups with a connection to Western Massachusetts.

How We Created our Digital Demo Day Experience


The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the entire startup ecosystem, and in the name of safety and support of our founders, we hosted our first-ever Digital Demo Day last week. This was a whole new take on demo day for us, and the end result was a unique and inspiring experience for both our startups and investor community. Making the switch to an online demo day was no easy task. The post How We Created our Digital Demo Day Experience appeared first on 500 Startups.

Best Practices for Accelerating the Sales Process

This eBook takes a look at three headache-free strategies you can employ today to accelerate selling the right way. Read on to learn how to adopt specific workflows and approaches that append your existing processes to deliver value to your prospects and internal counterparts.

Tattoos and YCombinator Demo Day

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Similarly, picking seed investors for your first startup in and around the craziness of an accelerator demo day can be just as scarring over the long term. In fact, you'd probably be better off both deciding on a tat on demo day. I'm saying this because I went to my first YCombinator Demo Day last Tuesday. This is why I probably won't go to another YC Demo Day--on the off chance I get invited back. It was June of 2003.

Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it


Announcements Founders Venture Capital Investing 500 startups accelerator 500 startups demo dayNo one would’ve envisioned me as a venture capitalist. I was raised in rural Wyoming, far from the high stakes and deep pockets of Wall Street and Silicon Valley. But from a young age, going against the grain was in my DNA. It’s what led me to San Francisco, and, ultimately, what drew me to 500 Startups.

YC S20 Virtual Demo Day

Y Combinator

On August 24 and 25, YC will host our 31st Demo Day live over Zoom. After considering community feedback from our first, rapidly planned online Demo Day in March , we’ve decided that a live Demo Day is an important part of founders’ YC experience.

The Disappearance of the Fundraising Demo

Tomasz Tunguz

I was attending my first YCombinator Demo Day, maybe three months into my time at Redpoint. And the startup demo has disappeared. At that August Demo Day, each pitch lasted eight minutes. And the demo provided founders a chance to explain these innovations. Today, demo days are a misnomer. But I think we’ve lost quite a lot along the way in scrapping the demo. Ten years ago, Guy Kawasaki took this photograph of me.

How to CRUSH Your Demo When Pitching

Dream It

Good founders know the importance of nailing their product demo. Nicholas Negroponte, Founding Director of MIT Media Lab, famously coined the term, “Demo or die.” While many demo, few excel at it. In this #DreamitDose, Managing Partner Steve Barsh gives founders a simple framework to crush your demo. Make sure your demo highlights how your product solves a big and urgent need, which is the most critical element of your investor pitch.

YC W20 Online Demo Day

Y Combinator

On March 23, YC will host our 30th Demo Day online. While we won’t be able to recreate every aspect of Demo Day, we’ll try our best to create an amazing experience for our founders and investors. Presentations will be pre-recorded and released to all investors at the same time on Monday, March 23 on our Demo Day website. All of this will happen on the same YC Demo Day website that investors and founders have used over the past five years.

Inside 500: How Their Accelerator Helped Me Grow My Accounting-as-a-Service Company and Raise $2 Million


Founders Tips and Trends 500 Accelerator 500 startups accelerator 500 startups demo day Accelerator accelerator program founders seed accelerator start up accelerator startup accelerator startup foundersFelix Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of Back Office, a human-assisted AI platform and bookkeeping service for companies and consultants.

The Gust-DEMO Fall 2012 Scholarship


Following the huge success of the Gust-DEMO scholarship earlier this year, Gust and DEMO have teamed up again to offer Gust start-ups a full scholarship opportunity for DEMO Fall 2012. The recipient of the Gust-DEMO Scholarship will have a chance to launch their product to some of the most innovative people in the world. DEMO Fall 2012 takes place October 1-3, 2012 in Santa Clara, CA. Make its public debut at the DEMO conference.

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Special Attendee Rate for DEMO Fall 2012


We are delighted to present a special rate to attend DEMO in Santa Clara, California on October 1-3, 2012. During the two-day conference, DEMO provides an environment for companies to secure venture funding, establish critical relationships, influence early adopters, and meet with top tier press. DEMO has built an unmatched track record of selecting, coaching, promoting and making successful some of the most game-changing products the world has ever seen.

Startup Trends from YCombinator's Demo Day

Tomasz Tunguz

I’ve been to many YC Demo Days and I always look forward to them. Demo Day is a window into the future of consumer and enterprise investments. This year was no exception. There are so many wonderful ideas and companies founded by terrific entrepreneurs. In addition to the pitches themselves, the types of companies presenting forbear trends in the startup world more broadly.

Demo to term sheet in 3 hours

Tomasz Tunguz

Hugo, the founder, Electric Imp demoed their product to me. The demo was just that compelling. Electric Imp’s demo had three key parts: A simple and clear story line, that the audience related to, describing how a user might use their product to solve a problem and improve their lives. But great demos close customers, investors and candidates because they sell the dream. Invest in your demo - they embody the vision, passion and aspiration of the company

[VayaVision in PR Newswire] VAYAVISION Demos Autonomous Vehicle Perception Software at EcoMotion 2019 L


VAYAVISION, a developer of autonomous vehicle perception solutions based on raw data fusion and upsampling, announced today its participation at EcoMotion 2019, including a live demo of VAYADrive 2.0, The post [VayaVision in PR Newswire] VAYAVISION Demos Autonomous Vehicle Perception Software at EcoMotion 2019 L appeared first on OurCrowd.

Reflections on YCombinator Demo Day: How the Seed Market Has Changed

Tomasz Tunguz

Earlier this week, I attended the Spring YCombinator Demo Day. At each Demo Day, the YC team provides investors a list of all the companies pitching and I’ve kept a few. Shifting to consumer, social apps have fallen from 24% of consumer startups to 15% at the most recent demo day. I’ve been attending for six years now. Each time, I’m impressed by the intelligence, ambition and the polish of the founders presenting companies only a few weeks or months old.

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How Startups Can Navigate the Change in Investment Climate Due to COVID-19


On our end, we hosted our first-ever Digital Demo Day to ensure the safety and protection of our team and founders. We registered over 5K unique views during the Demo Day live stream, and over 1,300 investors joined the Slack channel to chat with our founders. With the rise in regulations and restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we’ve entered unprecedented times on a global scale.

Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19


From taking all aspects of our accelerators digital (including our Demo Day) to rethinking the opportunities of the future, we’ve taken this moment to analyze what innovations can come from this time and new opportunities that arise from our changing environment. There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has affected nearly every industry globally.

Taking our Flagship Accelerator Virtual-First


When news broke of COVID-19 entering in the US, we were one of the first major accelerators to turn the Demo Day experience completely virtual, and since then, we have focused on collecting data from investors and founders to help the community at-large through reports like our COVID-19 Investor Survey and Female Founders Survey. There is not a single business that is not affected in some form or another from COVID-19, and 500 Startups is no different.

How One Company Was Poised to Grow 1,000% During the Pandemic


In February of this year, we had around 75 clinics signed up, and would typically get two to four demo requests per week. The following week we got five demo requests in one day and booked live demos because that’s what we always did. The next day we got ten demo requests. On the third day, we got twenty-five demo requests, and 100 the next day. That’s when we realized there was no way we could fulfill live demo requests.

¡Hola Batch 11 LatAm! These are the 9 Startups Joining our Latest Batch in Mexico City


Throughout the four-month program, founders will put in hard work to prepare for Demo Day in March of 2020. 500 Startups is excited to announce the latest batch from our Seed Accelerator based in Mexico City. The Mexico City program focuses on providing mentorship and guidance to foster fast-paced growth for Spanish-speaking, early-stage companies based in Latin America. For this batch, our team assessed 1706 applications to participate in the acceleration program.

Techstars New Health Care Partner: Announcing UnitedHealthcare Accelerator Powered by Techstars


The program will culminate in a Demo Day, at which each of the 10 companies will pitch its accelerated business model to an audience of venture capitalists, corporate innovation leaders, and industry experts. Demo Day will facilitate venture investment in the companies and interest in broadening and energizing the entrepreneurial community within the health care field.

Announcing the 11 Startups in 500 LatAm’s Batch 10!


The 16-week intensive Seed Program will focus on legal, product, sales, growth, culture, fundraising, and more, in order to prepare the companies for the culminating Demo Day taking place in Mexico City on August 7th. 500 Startups is excited to announce the latest batch from our Seed Accelerator based in Mexico City. The Mexico City program focuses on providing a mentorship program for Spanish-speaking early-stage companies based in Latin America.

Inside Batch 25 at 500 Startups


The outcome was that it was both – and when you’re at Demo Day, you’re going to be grateful to the part that’s ‘too challenging’. Guest Post: Rishika Jhamb is the Marketing Lead at Alluva. Under no circumstances should any of the below content be construed as legal, tax or investment advice from 500 Startups or any of its affiliates. Alluva at 500 Startups: What it was really like being a part of Batch 25 In March of 2019, Alluva was accepted into Batch 25 of 500 Startups.

Meet the Startups of Batch 25


Over the past three months, companies from 12 countries participated in our flagship program, building their companies and preparing for Demo Day on August 22nd. At 500, it’s our mission to back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, whether they’re on the other side of the globe or in our own backyard. The latest San Francisco accelerator batch was no exception.

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Ready, Set, Raise, an accelerator for women built by women, announces third class


This year, as funding for female founders drops to 2017 levels , Feinzaig realized why accelerators, hers included, might not work for women as well as they work for men: demo day.

Startup Business Funding: 5 Business-Breaking Misconceptions

Dream It

The press enhances this misconception around YCombinator demo days, where the 3-day pitch event is perceived like an auction, with investors fighting each other for the best deals. 2- You'll meet your lead investor in Demo Day That's not how Demo Days work, and it's one of the reasons Dreamit eventually replaced it for the Investor Roadshow. Many programs still put a lot of focus on demo day rehearsals, prep, and on getting the pitch deck just right.

Atlanta-based Speedscale now has $2.2 million more to grow its API test automation business


It only took a few weeks after its Y Combinator demo day debut for the Atlanta-based API test automation company Speedscale to raise its first $2.2 ’ ” Here are the 94 companies from Y Combinator’s Summer 2020 Demo Day 2.

The Continued Importance of Accelerators


They just hosted their latest demo day, and that virtual demo day allowed them to feature their latest startup cohort to hundreds of investors. Accelerators have been around for almost fifteen years now. Throughout that time, they’ve supported and funded thousands of startups, many of which have turned into powerful companies and positively impacted communities large and small.

Accelerators And Seed Deal Flow


all together) combined with the culture of “demo days,” in-person gatherings where angels and professional investors collide with entrepreneurs. Yesterday, I tweeted this: I get emails from friends @ accelerators, asking me what kind of co’s I’m interested in, or to watch online demo day (no), etc. 4/ Are Demo Days The Right Model? I don’t know what the solution is, but Demo Days feel like they belong to a previous era.

Why Investors Say No - Three Startup Pitch Mistakes That Are Easy to Fix

Dream It

Instead of using superlatives, a strong competitor slide or use case demo is much more effective. Speaking to investors can require a language of its own. Word choice is important and even the smallest detail can make or break your startup pitch.

Dreamit Ventures Announces Spring 2020 Cohort, Kicks Off Its First Fully Virtual Program

Dream It

This pandemic is accelerating a trend in more and more startups utilizing remote workforces and closing sales with virtual demos,” states Barsh. “As The venture fund launched a completely virtual program with a focus on helping 13 Urbantech, Healthtech, and Securetech startups with business development, customer growth, and capital raising in a time of economic uncertainty.

11 angel investing lessons

Venture Hacks

These valuations moved to $4-6M pre-money after 2010, with some demo days in the $8-10M range. You can see dealflow from your friends, your incubator, demo days, and AngelList. Spearhead asked me to write a post on angel investing when they first launched. Here’s a slightly updated version—most of the wisdom is from Naval. Charlie Munger says investing requires a latticework of mental models.

Contact Tracing and Technology Conference

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

There will be demos of many of these new apps and a series of panel discussions. As I wrote about a few weeks ago , I am excited about the possibility that technology, particularly mobile computing technology, can supplement the work of manual contact tracing to keep us all safer until a permanent solution is found to this pandemic.

The Fourth Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in starting in Tel Aviv!


While connecting and interacting firsthand with successful entrepreneurs, these founders will have the opportunity to build and grow their startups in preparation for Demo Day on June 26, 2019. We are thrilled to announce the 10 extraordinary teams that are joining the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars Tel Aviv today, March 31. Three months of hard work in the world’s “Startup Nation” is awaiting the class of 2019.