San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
We know that during a Startup Weekend event there isn't a lot of time to learn new things. You have an idea that you would like to work on at Startup Weekend and you do the best you can with the tools you have. But sometimes those tools aren't enough, which is why we're running this pre-Startup Weekend bootcamp.
Pitching is an art and can make your start-up "Hot or Not". Pitching your start-up ideas effectively is a crucial skill that will help you acquire financing, customers, partners, and top talent.This intensive, collaborative workshop begins with a talk by leading start-up Founder designed to help you understand the key ingredients of a successful pitch. Then, you can apply that learning and pitch to both experts and peers to receive constructive feedback. Join us for a fun evening!
The Pitch Doctor – Elevator Pitch Basics and Training:
Christoph Sollich aka The Pitch Doctor is a freelance startup consultant specializing in business model generation, marketing and - obviously - pitching.
After writing his diploma thesis about “Virtual Communities” (old-school speak for “Social Networks”) and a detour through advertising (as a copywriter) he started working in startups in 2007, since 2009 as a freelancer.
After winning multiple “Best Pitch” awards (and very few awards for his ideas!) at hackathons and startup weekends, startups started asking his advice about pitching - The Pitch Doctor was born.
He has since helped 100s of startups with their pitches, also working as a pitch coach/mentor for these accelerators/incubators/startup competitions: hub:raum Berlin and Krakow, Axel Springer Plug & Play Accelerator, YouIsNow Accelerator, Deutsche Bahn Next Station, Berlin Hardware Accelerator, Berlin Geekettes, Pitch Marathon, Founder Institute...
In his spare time, The Pitch Doctor is founder and CEO (Chief Equine Officer) of RydeMyPony.com ("Collaboratively Consuming Ponies Together"), the soon-to-be-IPOed startup mega-success from Berlin (in funding talks with Ashton Kutcher).
Robin Haak – How to convince an investor
Robin Eric Haak build up the Berlin based Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator. Now he manages investments from the follow up fund, the portfolio and operations of the accelerator.
He worked for years in corporate M&A at the Axel Springer SE, today’s leading European digital publisher. He also worked at private equity, consultancy and is a serial entrepreneur.
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Techstars Startup Programs
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