Startup Pitching 301

Paul G. Silva

This is the 3rd post in the “Startup Pitching” series. A startup is a bundle of risks. View all posts in the “Startup Pitching” series. Innovation Accelerator Startup Pitching Series

Startup Pitching 201

Paul G. Silva

This is the 2nd post in the “Startup Pitching” series. So simplify your pitch. If your product solves 10 pain points then in the pitch focus on the top 2-3 most important ones and simply hint at the others. But a startup has almost no data.

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Startup Pitching 101

Paul G. Silva

This post cover the Beginner (101) level best practices for crafting strong startup presentations. Multi-person pitches add complexity that almost always leads to people going over time, stepping on each other, or confusing the audience. Innovation Accelerator Startup Pitching Series

Startup Pitching Checklist

Paul G. Silva

This is the checklist / boil down of the techniques listed in the pior 3 posts in the “Startup Pitching” series. After you complete a draft of your pitch, go over this list to make sure you’ve applied as many of the techniques as possible. One rehearsed presenter – Pick one person to deliver your presentation, don’t tag team your pitches. View all posts in the “Startup Pitching” series.

When You Pitch, Focus on Your Essence

GAN

I heard an EdTech startup pitching to GAN Ventures do this recently, too. You can’t expect just to show up and give a pitch that’s simple and coherent. But, coming up with that 30-second pitch doesn’t just happen.

Pitch me!

This is going to be BIG.

Working out of the Townhouse has been an interesting experience in that I''m working side by side with a lot of non-startup people. It''s a co-working space full of creatives and freelancers, most of whom who have never pitched an investor, and probably never seen a startup pitch either. The first question I always get, which I find endlessly hilarious, is "Don''t you get tired of people pitching you all the time?". Other pitches!

When You Pitch, Make Sure to KISS

GAN

Not long ago, I found myself pitching GAN. During the first 20 minutes of the chat, I gave background on accelerators, corporates, and the startup studio industry, trends we’re seeing, opportunities in front of us, and a variety of other important data points describing GAN’s work. Unless you boil your points and supporting research down to their essence, every time, you might botch inevitable questions that come up during your pitch.

Rethinking Pitch Competitions: Create Value, Not a Spectacle

Venture Well

VentureWell Director of Venture Development, Eli Velasquez offers insights on how to develop pitch competitions that provide maximum support to startups. The post Rethinking Pitch Competitions: Create Value, Not a Spectacle appeared first on VentureWell.

5 Tips for Pitching VCs in Virtual Times

500

Guest Post: The following post is a sponsored guest post by JD Weinstein, Oracle for Startups. All views and opinions represented in this post are the views and opinions of Oracle for Startups and do not represent those of 500 Startups or any of its staff or affiliates.

How To End Your Pitch with Your Vision

Dream It

But founders are often so consumed with talking metrics, milestones achieved, or the capital they need that they sometimes forget to talk about their overarching vision for their startups. Getting investors excited about your product is a critical part of raising capital.

The Art of the Pitch

Guy Kawasaki

For entrepreneurs, the operative phrase is, “I pitch, therefore I am.” Pitching isn’t only for raising money—it’s for reaching agreement, and agreement can yield many good outcomes including sales, partnerships, and new hires. Here are the key elements of a great pitch. When the meeting starts, you should set the stage for the rest of the pitch. Entrepreneurs believe that a pitch is a narrative whose opening chapter must always be autobiographical.

When Men Start Pitching to Women

This is going to be BIG.

And when guys start pitching to women for capital, that's when you really get behavior change. Don't you think guys would be a little more thoughtful about a slate of bros on their team page if they were pitching in front of a partner meeting of all women? Wouldn't you go out of your way to avoid a frat house environment and reputation at your startup if you knew you had female backers? The problem is that so few women pitch. I have this vision.

The Thing About the Best Pitches

This is going to be BIG.

The best pitches have a hook. They mostly talk about where you're going, because the what you've done up until now in a seed pitch usually isn't that much. The best pitches acknowledge the reason why we're here--for you to ask me for money and for me to make a bundle of it investing in you. Every startup is different. The best pitches follow the word problem with. The best pitches are ambitious--they ask for enough and aim to do something big.

The Most Important Question to Ask Potential Investors After Your Pitch

Dream It

Startup pitch meetings are pretty predictable. You walk into a venture fund’s conference room or Zoom room (if they’re progressive), pitch the partners, offer to answer their questions, maybe ask them a bland question or two, and then leave the meeting to await a response.

Pitch Decks and Fundraising: A Fireside Chat with the Founder of Slidebean

Dream It

About Slidebean: Slidebean is a pitch deck and presentation tool with hundreds of templates available to use as a starting point. Thousands of companies have used our platform to pitch investors and raise capital. Caya: 2x startup founder.

Future of Real Estate Pitch Competition in Miami

Dream It

This event brings together investors, innovative startups and leading corporations in the construction and real estate industry. On May 14, 2019, our friends at Lab Ventures Miami are hosting Future of Real Estate Tech Summit Miami.

What is the worst startup pitch ever?

Gust

Take your choice (these are both real, honest-to-God pitches, and I’ve got the originals in my possession): Contestant A. CluelessCo is an internet startup company seeking $2 million of equity financing to fund our company for at least one year. Power Pitches bad David Rose pitch startup worst CluelessCo will become the main consumer outlet for the internet, digital cable and satellite TV, and cell phones and PDAs.

WINNERS OF BEN FRANKLIN’S TECHCELERATOR PITCH NIGHT TOOK HOME A TOTAL OF $10,000!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

LANCASTER, PA – On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 six local tech-entrepreneurs made pitch presentations to a panel of judges for a chance to win up to $10,000. The audience of more than 70 people who attended also had the opportunity to vote for their favorite pitch.

BEN FRANKLIN PORTFOLIO COMPANIES PITCH AT INVENT PENN STATE VENTURE AND IP CONFERENCE!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

The Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference, which was co-sponsored in part by Ben Franklin, is one of the largest tech startup conferences in the region and typically draws hundreds of attendees along with start-up ventures and investment firms from across the country.

How to CRUSH Your Demo When Pitching

Dream It

Make sure your demo highlights how your product solves a big and urgent need, which is the most critical element of your investor pitch. Aligning the key benefits and differentiators from your pitch deck It’s important to note that “now by using our product.”

Canned: My new response to blogger pitches.

This is going to be BIG.

I get on a whole host of these tech blogger lists where PR firms just spam a whole bunch of folks trying to get people to write about their book/startup/event. I'm not a journalist by trade so I'm really not an appropriate person to pitch in such an automated way. To deal with these pitches, I just created a Gmail canned response: "Hi, this is a canned response in response to your canned pitch. I'm not, however, the appropriate person to send a "blogger pitch" to.

Don’t Pitch Me Your Product

Founders Coop

But it’s not the founders’ fault for pitching us this way, it’s on us as early stage investors to help them better frame the conversation. A good product in an early stage startup is actually just an agile research tool. Armed with those learnings, we went out to pitch our investors and asked for $750k to see if enterprises and larger agencies would pay large amounts of money for our solution. Don’t pitch me your product

The BF TechCelerator is Hosting a Pitch Event: Someone Will Walk Away With Up To $10,000!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

STATE COLLEGE, PA – On December 6, 2018, six emerging tech entrepreneurs will compete for up to $10,000 at the BF TechCelerator’s graduation “pitch” event. A panel of local judges will evaluate the presenters who have been honing their business concepts for the past ten weeks in an intensive business startup accelerator. The post The BF TechCelerator is Hosting a Pitch Event: Someone Will Walk Away With Up To $10,000!

How to Deliver a Bulls Free Pitch

Dream It

Before you can deliver a bulls free pitch, you must know what red flags to avoid. Red Flag 2: Mistaking prospects for paying customers Many pitch decks we see include a slide with a list of big-name logos. Before you pitch, comb through your deck and identify the red flags.

The Quality You Never Hear Pitched When People Want in to Venture Capital

This is going to be BIG.

People always tell me how smart they are or how much experience they have--or why they have a passion for startups. In my effort to rewrite the deck for my next fund, I've been spending a lot of time reflecting on what it is that I try to do. A lot of people can say they work hard, or work smart, but that doesn't leave me off where I think I'm setting my goals.

Build Your Pitch on Fundamental Stories

Gust

The best business plans are stories, and the best pitches are stories. Pitch tip: don’t start with a boring introduction; start with a slide showing a great picture, nothing else, and use that picture to tell your story.

CHEER ON LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS AS THEY “PITCH” FOR UP TO $10,000!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Have you ever wondered what it would take to run your own startup? Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College is inviting you to join us on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 as each team pitches their business concept to a panel of independent judges to win a cash prize of up to $10,000! Come and join us as we applaud the efforts of these local tech-entrepreneurs but stay for the fun networking reception that follows the pitches.

Techstars and HBCUvc Launch 10-City Startup Weekend Tour to Promote Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital

TechStars

October 2, 2019 – Techstars , the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and HBCUvc , a nonprofit fellowship program providing Black and Latinx students with training and mentorship in venture capital, today announced the launch of a joint 10-city Startup Weekend tour across the country.

Backing someone pre-pitch: The story of how I backed Clubhouse

This is going to be BIG.

We stayed in touch, doing a couple of tris together, chatting about startups, and venture, life, etc. I'm excited to be able to finally announce Brooklyn Bridge Ventures ' investment in Clubhouse , a company I agreed to back before I even knew what it was. In 2010, a bunch of techies got together to do the next year's NYC Triathlon. I had already done two and was looking forward to joining people from the tech community.

The Only 10 Slides You Need in Your Pitch

Guy Kawasaki

It’s quite simple: a pitch should have ten slides , last no more than twenty minutes , and contain no font smaller than thirty points. In a perfect world, you give your pitch in twenty minutes, and you have forty minutes left for discussion.

From Stethoscopes to Pitch Decks

Dream It

In this #DreamitLive event, Dreamit Healthtech Managing Director Adam Dakin speaks with Subha Airan-Javia , CEO of TrekIT , to understand how she turned her passion for creating clinician-friendly tech into a new healthtech startup on a mission to empower clinicians.

BEN FRANKLIN’S TECHCELERATOR@ERIE ANNOUNCES PITCH CONTEST WINNERS!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

ERIE, PA – At a standing room only event on August 21, 2019 in Knowledge Park at Penn State Erie, five entrepreneurs, who had been participating in an intensive, ten-week startup program, made pitches to a panel of local judges in hopes of taking home a cash prize of $10,000.

From Zero to Tech: Growing Startup Culture in Bhutan

TechStars

How does a country go from lifting a national ban on television in 1999 to nurturing tech startups in 2019? What does a startup ecosystem look like in a United Nations’ classified Least Developed Country? Techstars Startup Weekend Bhutan (Women). Progress For a Startup Nation.

JOIN US AS SIX LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS PITCH FOR UP TO $10,000!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

On August 21, 2019, they will each make a graduation pitch to a panel of judges from the community. The resulting startup activity and job creation has been exciting. Time: Pitches begin at 5:00 pm – catered networking reception to follow.

What Should I Include in a Pitch Deck? [VIDEO]

This is going to be BIG.

I've rewritten a lot of pitch decks over time and a lot of them are really bad--mostly because founders have been told what should go in them without a lot of consideration as to why. Somewhere along the line, someone came up with things that are supposed to go in a pitch without ever asking investors how they take in a story.

Startup Business Funding: 5 Business-Breaking Misconceptions

Dream It

Being self-sustainable has given us a new perspective on startup funding, especially compared to what I experienced on my first accelerator run. Here are some truths about what accelerators can be for startups: A small filter. I've been an alum of Dreamit twice.

Wrap-up of the Startup Community Leaders Mission USA 2018

Startup Catalyst

The second Startup Community Leaders Mission to the USA took place from 11-18 March 2018, with 20 participants taking part, including 14 from 11 different regional towns in Queensland, 3 from Brisbane, one from Sydney, one from Adelaide, and one from New York (assisting the Beach City film crew).