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With over 31 years providing value to entrepreneurs, New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses. Innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors are always in search of the "next-big-thing." Every month, we showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

In addition, at every Forum event, we have a panel discussion or a pitch pit.

In the panel discussion, the NEF continues to bring to its Forum meetings the most relevant topics that are important to entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Join us to keep current on critical start-up issues and learn from our experienced panel members.

In our pitch pit, four entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The New Enterprise Forum is an all-volunteer organization of experienced service providers, entrepreneurs and executives who coach start-up companies to perfect their investor pitches. The coaching is provided at no-cost to the entrepreneur. We critique and provide insights on the pitch’s content, including both business and investor perspectives to help the team succeed. We also help the company connect with local and regional investors and other resources. The start-up then has the opportunity to present their pitch to the entrepreneurial community at one of the NEF’s monthly Forum meetings, with follow-on distribution of their Executive Summary to the NEF’s curated list of investors.

For more than 31 years, NEF has coached over 375 companies. To read the story of how we got started and what’s happened including a year by year summary of companies coached, awards given, and rosters of NEF Board members, go to About NEF page on our website and download the NEF 30-Year Book illustrating our history of coaching, perfecting, and connecting.

Also, look for "Help For Entrepreneurs" in the Resources section. You will find a lot of good information for your startup.

To learn more about NEF and join us, please visit our website at http://newentepriseforum.org .

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