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Tryouts to Pitch Before Investors/Pitch Workshop/Pitch Practice

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Sandbox Suites (Silicon Valley)

3295 Scott Blvd · Santa Clara, CA

How to find us

Enter through the entrance facing the parking lot behind the building.

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Sandbox Suites is the Bay Area’s premier coworking provider with its three locations, in San Francisco, Berkeley and Silicon Valley. Sandbox allows independent professionals to have a full-service shared office and meeting space no matter where they happen to be with the added benefit of a supportive community of other independents. Sandbox offers affordable levels of memberships that include month-to-month virtual, part-time, full-time, private desk and private office memberships as well as daily drop-ins. You can enjoy a free day trial or fill out the membership application today.



Idea to IPO will be holding a regular series of elevator pitch events.

The next one is:

W 4/9 Pitch the "WOW" to Bill Reichert, Managing Director, 6 pm to 9:30 pm

If you would like to pitch and/or have a demo table at the above event, send an email to:


We are also looking for startups to deliver a five minute pitch (with slides) to investors.

To help entrepreneurs prepare to pitch to investors, we are holding regular workshops to help startups prepare to pitch effectively to investors. These workshops are both practice sessions and opportunities to try out to pitch before investors.

There is a cover charge to attend this event.

A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation.

Due to the format of the event, space is limited.

In order to attend, you must register and pay here:

Take advantage of early responder pricing!

Slots are limited. First come, first served!

First Responders $5 plus Eventbrite fees

Second Responders $10 plus Eventbrite fees

Third Responders $15 plus Eventbrite fees

Please bring a printed copy of your ticket to the event.

Or pay at the door:

$20 (cash)

Being able to effectively deliver a pitch is critical to successful entrepreneurship, whether your purpose in pitching is to build a team, to attract clients, or to raise money for your start up.

Your ability to deliver an effective pitch to investors could make or break your startup.

Yet, many entrepreneurs struggle when it comes to being able to deliver effective pitches.

An investor/judge at a recent pitch event commented:

“We came looking for deals but most of you were not prepared to pitch your company – it’s really disappointing.”

Let’s fix that!

In this workshop, you will:

1) learn how to target what investors want to know about your startup

2) find your “WOW!” message

3) learn how to cover company fundamentals in 10-12 slides

4) learn how to create compelling visuals for your slide presentation

5) have the opportunity to practice your elevator pitch and, if you are prepared, your five minute pitch with slides

6) get feedback on your pitch

7) have the opportunity to try out to pitch before a panel of investors


6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Check In, Networking, Light Refreshments

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Program, Pitch Practice, Pitch Tryouts

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm Feedback, Announcements, Networking

About Our Facilitator:

Steve Austin is serial entrepreneur who has successfully raised angel and corporate investment for various ventures. Steve is a co-founder of PowerGo Inc., making a small portable power system with optional remote control via mobile app or Internet. PowerGo gives you true remote power and control.

Steve previously founded Stratequest Inc., online temp agency billing software and GM/VP Convac AP, a computer chip company that was eventually sold to Fairchild Semiconductor.

In his long and varied career, Steve has lead companies to sell, engineer, build and service over a dozen products ranging from mobile apps for remote machine control, online billing software, smart card, bio metrics online software, bio fuel equipment, and numerous semiconductor production machines valued in the tens of millions.

Steve's expertise runs the gamut from sales and service to the engineering lab. Steve has held the corporate titles of CEO, VP of business development, VP of strategic partnerships, and has managed national and international companies. He has extensive experience in new product development, hardware and software engineering and developing go-to-market strategies and strategic partnerships. Steve has managed major global accounts such as IBM, HP, Intel, SONY, Samsung, TSMC, Texas Instruments, and Seagate.

If you would like to try out to pitch to an investor panel, practice your pitch, or if you have questions about the workshop, contact Steve Austin at:


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Organizational Sponsors:

How much is your startup worth? Ask Jeff Faust at Berger Lewis.



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