At Startup Grind: Pitch Bootcamp & Opening NIght
As a Top 50 company at Startup Grind's Global Conference 2018, today we had the opportunity to pitch CureApp on the main stage to an audience amassed of attendees, investors, entrepreneurs, media, and tech enthusiasts. It was streamed live globally so anyone could watch.
But before we could go and tell the world about CureApp, we were invited to Pitch Boot camp, a long session on come up with the perfect pitch. Now obviously, we thought our pitch was exultant already and were ready to take the spotlight.
Opening Greeting & Bootcamp :
Opening TD Lowe, Managing Director and overall Startup Grind rock star, started with opening comments and introductions, however time was short so things had to move quickly. We were put into groups of about 6 or 7 startups and paired with 2 amazing coaches. Our Coach listened to our history, our customer's pain points and how we're solving these points. This helped take our speech from pompous to fabulous. We came out feeling confident and once again set out to conquer the conference. Our pitch coaches helped us tailor and transform our pitches so that they would be received well by any investor. As we have only one minute for the pitch, so we had to be very focused on what we really want to emphasize on.They gave us a feedback to mention about our “goal” and to whom CureApp for.
Now, came the time to test out our new pitch. Our COO Hisashi Miyata went back to the stage area which was even more crowded with startups, media and investors preparing for Opening Night. This added an extra layer of nerves to our rehearsal.
It went 1000% better, which isn't hard when round 1 was great extent. Our pitch was unrecognizable from what we had started with and we were incredibly grateful to have had such amazing mentors who took a moment or 10 to truly help us. Every statement they made clicked and gave us the eye-opening realization we needed before going to the big show.
We stayed and listened to the other startups give it their best go and were motivated by all of the fascinating ideas and people. We had never had the opportunity to be in a room full of so many optimistic entrepreneurs from around the world. The amount of courage it takes to present something you have put all your heart and life into is ridiculous.
To dislodge some of the stress from Pitch Boot camp, we were thrown a lovely mixer with drinks and snacks at Fox Theater before Opening Night officially began. During this time, we had the opportunity to approach companies we had seen pitch or had found interesting. It was a laid-back environment with ecclesiastic attendees eager to connect and learn more about each other.
Up first, was Derek Andersen, Founder of Startup Grind, to welcome us to the event. He spoke of important thing of giving a pitch to the audience is to make sure not to mention directly about getting support for money to enhance but talk about “how audience (including investors) can help you”. Then we might get some help from those who have knowledge about what you want. Since Derek have established Startup Grind for six years, he also understands how it is hard to start something new but he believes that working as a “team” would make something new happen.
What’s coming tomorrow?
After wrapping up feedback from our coaches, COO Miyata san gave the audience 1 minute pitch practice for Quick Fire Pitch at Fox Theatre Main Stage.
Tomorrow we are having a very busy day ,after our pitch we already got 7 investor meeting and all day booth exhibition . Please visit us in booth.
Till then…………….Stay with us.
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