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How To Pitch To Investors + Speed Pitching Opportunity

Pitching Your Company or Idea To Investors + Speed Pitching Event

Learn best practices for pitching to investors and, if you like, you can even pitch at the event.

Do you have a promising startup & need funding?

Are you ready to pitch your idea to investors?

Do you know what investors look for in a perfect pitch?

Join us, along with EFactor, for a fast-paced and information packed event to learn, directly from Angel Investors and VCs, everything you need to know about successfully pitching your idea.

We've invited a group of successful Angel Investors and VC's to answer any questions you have about funding, pitching, and anything else you have in mind. Event attendees will have the option to pitch an idea directly to our speakers. You will have just 4 minutes to convince 2 different investors that your idea is worth funding, and get their constructive feedback!

Learn from a panel of Angel Investors and VCs:

· What do angels look for in a company?

· What’s the mindset behind selecting different businesses?

· What encompasses a perfect pitch?

· How to approach the right investor?

· Get 2 chances to pitch your idea to an Angel Investor and a VC and get their feedback


Daniel Gallagher (Voyager Capital), Bill Bryant (Draper Fisher Jurvetson), and Mike Crill (Atlas Accelerator) [bios below]

NOTE: Please arrive as close to 5:30pm as possible. (The building's lobby elevators are locked after 7pm, so no one will be allowed to arrive after 7pm!)

Event includes food and beverages.

Register today !

*Register NOW for $15 (or pay $20 at the door).

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5:30pm - 6:00pm Networking

6:00pm - 7:00pm Panel Discussion

7:00pm - 7:30pm Watch & Learn or Pitch Your Idea

7:30pm - 8:00pm Audience Q&A

8:00pm - 8:30pm Post-Event Networking Hour

8:30pm - Event ends

*Students can receive a special 25% discount (


Daniel Gallagher (Senior Analyst, Voyager Capital) is responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities and supporting Voyager's supervision of the existing portfolio. Previously, Daniel has worked as a Financial Analyst at Bank of America Securities in the Global Investment Banking Group with a focus on technology sector advisory services, while most recently having experience in Asset Management with Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he assisted in the management of assets for ultra-wealthy individuals and families, as well as for foundations, endowments and institutions across the Pacific Northwest and West Coast. Daniel graduated from the University of Washington with Bachelor of Arts degrees from the Foster School of Business with an emphasis in Finance, and from the College of Arts in English. He graduated from the Foster School at the top of his class with summa cum laude distinction and was a University of Washington President’s Medal finalist. Daniel currently serves on the Finance Committee for the First Tee of Greater Seattle and is a published short story author.

William K. (Bill) Bryant (Venture Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson) has had early and instrumental involvement in over 25 leading software, Internet, digital media and mobile companies, as a founder, senior executive, investor and Board Member. Bill is an ongoing, active advisor to Swype, Winshuttle, Socrata, LiquidPlanner, ACL, Cascadia Capital, Sensors in Motion, Contour, Limeade, and Communitect. He is founding investor in mInfo, Bonanza, Banyan Branch and Vines of Mendoza. Bill was an early investor or Board member in 13 companies that were later acquired or went public, including Isilon Systems, Loudeye, AEI Music, Viafone, Teamplate, Exstatic Software, Shelfari, Throw, Singing Fish, HandsOn, Jabber, Delve Networks and WebRelevance. Startups where he was a member of the founding team include Visio Corporation (founding VP of Sales & Marketing); Netbot (creators of Jango and Metacrawler) where he was President; Qpass (now part of Amdocs) where he served as CEO and later Chairman; and Medio Systems (the leader in mobile search), which he continues as a Strategic Advisor. He is currently a Venture Partner with the leading Silicon Valley venture firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (, and represents DFJ on the Boards of Opscode, Z2Live, Varolii, and AdXpose. Earlier in his career, Bill consulted extensively to Microsoft Corporation, Real Networks, Getty Images, and Corbis.

Mike Crill (Managing Director, Atlas Accelerator). As a high-tech CFO since 1995, Mike has helped raise over $150MM in angel and venture funding in more than 60 different funding rounds and has managed mergers and acquisitions, contributing to companies that have created over $1B in wealth for entrepreneurs. Mike has sat on over 30 boards for public and private companies and advised over 100 startups. As an advisor, Mike focuses on funding strategy, corporate governance, go-to-market strategy, board and executive compensation, and contracts. He began his work in startups as a CFO where we served over 75 companies in that capacity. In his current role, Mike manages Atlas, the nation’s largest venture accelerator and advises startups. Mike holds BS from Syracuse University, magna cum laude, with majors in Finance, Personnel and Industrial Relations, and Managerial Law and a Military Science minor. He graduated at the top of his class with an MBA from Duke University, and is a winner of the US Army's George C Marshall award and was recognized as the top cadet in the Eastern US region.

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  • Bharathi V.

    This was a great meetup. Very informative and very direct. We learnt a lot of stuff and a lot of our questions were answered. We went out of the room with much better picture and much better clarity of thought.

    January 13, 2012

  • Masque I.

    It was GREAT I learned alot!

    January 11, 2012

  • Tabreez

    It was very informative and useful. It answered a lot of the basic questions I had and also provided more expert insight into the process of funding.

    January 10, 2012

  • Alistair H.

    Was very informative and useful. Would have preferred we had started a bit earlier to leave more time for another pitch at the end.

    January 10, 2012

  • Peter F.

    As the intention of the event was to learn how to pitch to investors, I, myself, having attended numerous events on the subject was surprised to hear from the panel that learning to 'speed pitch' was a waste of time. Their strong recommendation instead was to learn to connect with the investor and really focus on showing them why they should care about you, your company, or idea. This event proved to provide an important piece to the 'how to pitch to investors' puzzle. Though it wasn't necessarily what everyone was expecting to hear (myself included) it's important for entrepreneurs to learn what's on the minds of the investors to whom they'll potentially be pitching. Thanks for coming to the event! It was fun and a great turnout!

    January 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    "it" delivered exactly as promised... however I had hoped they would be more inclusive concerning the bottom end of the entrepreneurial barrel... where most of the good ideas are... Maybe next time?

    January 10, 2012

  • Chris D.

    Panel was uninformed on seed stage investing and repeatedly dodged the topic "Speed Pitching". One panel member reiterated several times that he thinks it's waste of time learning to speed pitch. Another said he walks away from 10% of pitches because people have bad breath or stand too close or too far away. That's not advice, that's common sense. I paid money to learn from industry experts, what I got was nothing short of disappointing. I will in fact be participating in several speed pitches over the next month which is why I attended a meetup event titled "How To Pitch To Investors + Speed Pitching Opportunity". The moderator did his best to keep the panel on track early on but seemed to give up, I don't blame him. I'm sure this panel is very good at what they do, but they were not good at covering the topic that was presented to them. Complete was of time and money.

    January 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event, speakers were top notch. Good to chat to a few people after too.

    January 9, 2012

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