Startups apply on our website and we look for the ones that have the most traction. From sales, to funding, or another type of impressive metric (your job to sell us and investors).
This could be a funded Kickstarter campaign, or an significant amount of email sign-ups.
No, you don't win money by placing 1st at our event. But, one startup raised $1.2M from contacts he met at our event. That was June 2015, and our events have only gotten bigger and attracted more investors since then.
If you've got the skills to be accepted to pitch your startup, here's 5 tips to prep for and maximize the event.
Does that help? Invest a little time prior to the event to maximize the value you can out of pitching publicly.
Yes, I know your next question--What makes a good 5 minute pitch?
That depends on where you're pitching.
Here's our judging criteria:
I'm always surprised by the pitchers that don't have a strong call to action. You're pitching for a reason, make it loud and clear. With contact information being marketed all over your deck.
Find your strong suit. Some startups choose to spend more time talking about their team, others talk about their rapidly growing mailing list. Decide what makes you stand out and point everyone's attention to it!
I hope this is helpful for all the aspiring entrepreneurs reading this, and if you're interested in pitching your startup or learning more, start here.