Sharktank - 60 second Pitches! (event with Lean Startup Houston)

This will be our "open-mic night" for Startup pitches.  If you're planning on attending Startup Weekend this Spring, this is be a great way for you to practice pitching, even if you're not pitching the exact idea that you'll do at Startup Weekend.

What is a Startup Pitch? It's the proposal of a new or existing business idea or business model to other people (prospective cofounders, employees, or investors). The typical format is:

  • 5-10s - Who are you?
  • 10-20s - What’s the problem?
  • 10-20s - What’s your solution?
  • 5-10s - What are you looking for (cofounders, employees, money, mentors)?

We will have a timer and you will not be allowed to go past 60 seconds. There will be 60 seconds of pitching and 60 seconds of one-way feedback from one or more mentors. No slides!

A STARTUP PITCH IS NOT A SALES PITCH. Please don't get up in front of the crowd and try to sell something to the group. If you do, you may literally be booed off the stage. Don't say I didn't warn you.

We decided to go with Sushi Raku in Midtown so that we're centrally located and everybody could buy their own drinks / food. They have free parking in the garage next door.

They're going to extend their Happy Hour specials all night for our group:

House Red/White Wine - $3 
Large House Sake - $6 
Domestic/Import Beer - $3/$4 
Specialty Martinis - $6 
Non-specialty Sushi Rolls - $3.50-$7 
Assorted Appetizer Plates - $3.50-$7

We have a group minimum, so please plan to spend at least $5-$10 on food and drinks.

Show up early and grab a drink at 6pm, pitches will start at 7pm. We will not be providing food or drinks at this event unless somebody would like to step up and sponsor a round of drinks or appetizers. We look forward to seeing you there.


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  • G

    Is there socializing prior or do the pitches start at 6?

    January 17, 2013

    • James W.

      Socializing until around 7. Then pitches and feedback from 7-9.

      January 17, 2013

  • Shariq Abdul G.

    My first meetup event and I'm looking forward to it!

    1 · January 16, 2013

  • Emmie C.

    Hey! Hope to see everyone on Thursday evening! This is a joint event with Lean Startup Houston as well It will be awesome!


    January 14, 2013

  • Rodney G.

    Looking forward to this!

    2 · January 7, 2013

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