Are You Serious?

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Price: $10.00 /per person

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The Hatchery opens its doors to a fast paced, New York style start-up pitch event. This is a public event attended by entrepreneurs, investors and the tech community.

Hatchery style honesty. In ways others may be too polite to share. It's what you need to hear about your start-up; covering marketing, finance, technology, business, presentation and more.

This event has been going on for 5 years strong bringing NY tech together for those serious about starting companies and what investors really think.


Peg Jackson - Gridley & Co

Warren Haber - Exoventure

Bill Reinisch - Paladin Capital

Josh Bruno - Bain Capital


What's the point?

1. Pitching practice
2. Honest feedback about your company

How it works:

1. RSVP to attend (We recommend that you attend an event prior to submitting a pitch, so you understand the format.)

2. Submit to pitch here ([masked]). Prior to submitting your pitch please read our submission guidelines (

3. Doors open at 6pm. The event begins promptly at 6:30pm.

4. It will be FAST!

5. There is no Q&A, we can discuss after the event.

5 minute entrepreneur pitch
5 minute panel critique

Watch. Learn. Do.

What people have said:

I have only attended 4 Hatchery events thus far but all have been top notch.

— Fred Kauber (

Last night "Are You Serious?" event proved to be of outmost importance for our new venture: pricing model, competition, market segments - the panel addressed all of these and helped us to clarify our strategies. Many thanks to Yao for bringing in VCs who are on top of their game to critique us last night!

— Olga Bukur (

The Hatchery is a 'must go' for up and coming entrepreneurs. Yao Huang has a wealth of information and knows everyone in the start-up community. Don't hesitate to reach out to her or better yet, keep attending The Hatchery. I know I will.

— Paula Schafer (

Great targeted information presented with humor and great energy.

— Gadge Brown (

Terrific. Providing great learning opportunities as well as a chance to meet others in similar situations who may be able to assist one another

— anne bonfiglio (

One of the best groups in NYC!

— Umit D. Sami (

The Hatchery event was a fantastic forum for new ideas and constructive criticism. I felt like I was watching American Idol, except the stars were founders with fresh ideas and slick slide decks instead of warbling vocals. All the judges played Simon, delivering hard-hitting and incisive feedback about the presenter's product and pitch. Time was of the essence and those onstage had five minutes exactly to communicate their concept in a meaningful way before the judges. Five minutes of critiquing followed, and frequently resulted in 'Aha' moments in the crowd. The event was well attended, with startup founders comprising roughly half of the hundred odd heads in the room. Overall, I had a great time, learned a lot about the art of pitching, and would definitely come back!

— Laura Yue Bai (

Attending Hatchery are a great thing for anyone involved in NY's tech community.

— Brian McClain (

My first event, but with that being said it was a very nice mix of a professional event and social gathering - well organized, and thoughtfully put together - A+

— Attila Sary (

This event is a great place to learn, prepare and even debate your business idea/model and see if it is viable for funding.

— Domenick Cilea (

I thought the group was an energizing group of like minded people that I think can and do help each other in the common pursuit of building businesses and companies, I look forward to getting to know more people.

— Kevin Brown (

Very good. I was pleasantly surprised by the attendance and amount of entrepreneurs. Great group.

— Adrian (

The 'Are You Serious' event is the perfect environment for entrepreneurs to practice their pitch and get valuable feedback, even make some significant connections. But remember, there are serious individuals in the audience, so don't use it as your first opportunity to practice, prepare well in advance, making sure to incorporate feedback from experts. Having a presentation that is professional and well thought out will make a significant difference in terms of how potential investors and business partners perceive you in the audience. And done well, you can walk away with some great connections, we certainly did.

— Darlene Newman (

This is the best meetup group in NYC for serious entrepreneurs. They always have great venues and good networking opportunities.

— Andrew Ward (

A great way to network and meet other like minded individuals.

— Greg Theisen (

* Buying before event day $10

* Day of $20

* At door $20

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