ABOUT PRESENTING YOUR PITCH
Learn the secrets of pitching directly from top investors, and practice your pitch to peers and investors. Whether you are just at the idea stage or have a fully fledged start-up, getting your ideas and business across to investors, partners and the general public is essential.
Speakers and Mentors:
Salil Pradhan, Partner, Draper Nexus
Manny Fernandez, Founder, DreamFunded.com, Angel investors
In this intimate workshop limited to only 100 attendees, we’ll cover not only how to organize your pitch, but also the secrets of effective presentations including the power of body language and the art of tailoring your presentation to your target audience.
Bootcamp is designed to help promising early stage and mid stage startups perfect their pitch. You will hear from speakers sharing case studies, best practices and stories of successful business disruption in today’s new entrepreneur economy. You will have a chance to PRACTICE your pitch in small groups; and then in the afternoon give a 3 minutes pitch to multi million dollar VCs and angel investors with live feedback. Many startups have received funding from contacts they made at our past events.
PRIVATE MEETING OPTION WITH INVESTORS:
In addition to the public pitch, you can also register for private 10 minute meetings with individual investors to pitch or get feedback on your idea. ABOUT YOUR PITCH
It's never too early to start pitching your idea. The very act of saying it aloud to an audience triggers your brain to refine and finetune it. This event is limited to 50 attendees so you can have a unique opportunity to receive highly customized feedback on your concept and presenting style.
We recommend you come prepared with a 3 minute pitch idea,with or without PowerPoints. Don't worry, you can still participate even if not prepared, but you will get more value.
You will hear sessions about giving a pitch, practice in small groups facilitated by a trainer who is either an investor or startup who has raised capital previously . You will get instant feedback on your performance and constructive suggestions on how you could improve.
If you're a little nervous, you also don't have to pitch this time round. Come along and watch, ask some questions and learn about what it takes to present well.
At the end of the day, everyone has a chance to give a 3 minutes pitch to actual investors seeking investment opportunities. (Of course you do not have to pitch if you are not ready but can listen to others.)
SCHEDULE FOR PITCH BOOTCAMP
8:30am – 9:30 Registration and Coffee and Pastries
9:30 – 10:45 Presenting Your Pitch
We address practical strategies on raising capital from friends, family, angels and outside investors. Learn about best practices for investor presentations with a focus on how to position your company as an attractive investment opportunity. Included in this session will be the essentials for presentations to angels, venture capitalists, strategic investors, potential partners and other investment sources with samples of slides. Understand key differences in presenting to strategic vs. financial investors. Learn how to effectively deliver your message.
9:30-2:30 PRIVATE INVESTOR MEETINGS (one- on- one sessions with investors)
Througout the day, we offer a chance to schedule private investor meetings. Startups can purchase 10-15 minute private meetings with investor for feedback. Half of the proceeds for this session will go to the charity Push America to raise money for people with disabilities.
11:00 – 12:00 Panel on Attracting Funding from Angels and VCs
Hear firsthand from angels and investors about they look for in a pitch. Topics include:
1. How to pitch investors
2. How to meet investors
3. What they look for in a pitch
4. Top trends for investment opportunities
5. How to meet and connect with investors?
6. Understande process a VC uses to evaluate an investment
7. How to follow up after the pitch
12:00 – 12:30 Networking Lunch with Investors and Mentors
12:30-1:30 Small Group Practice Sessions
Small groups where you practice your 3 minute pitch; and then hear critique from group. We will have mentors and advisors listen to each group and give feeback. Your pitch will be followed by a peer review. The mentor will discuss the overall performance of everyone’s pitches. We discourage visual aids (like slides) so you can practice delivering your message.
1:30-2:00 Work in pairs on Individual Pitch and get advice from roaming mentors advice.
2:00-3:00 Give Pitch to Investors
We divide into smaller groups, and each group gives investor panel 3 minute pitch; and then gets 3 minutes comments or feedback. The investors vote on best pitch.
3:00-3:30 Closing Networking Wine/Beer