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Refine Your Pitch Workshop

Sustainable Silicon Valley

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

Refine Your Pitch Workshop

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Refine Your Pitch Workshop:

Date:    April 30, 2014
Venue: Microsoft Corporation, Sunnyvale
In connection with the WEST Summit, Sustainable Silicon Valley offers a "Refine your Pitch" workshop for innovators and entrepreneurs. This workshop is complimentary for the contributors and experts of our Call for Solutions Competition. Join us!

What is in it for YOU?

• Conducted by marketing experts and venture capitalists of Silicon Valley
• Three hour workshop with instruction and opportunity to practice and hone your pitch

You must have a 3-minute pitch ready before coming to the Workshop,
in order to get the most out of your participation.

2:00 - 2:30  pm


2:30 – 2:35 pm

Welcome, Marianna Grossman, Exec. Dir., Sustainable Silicon Valley

2:35 – 3:15 pm

Top 10 do’s and don’ts on Refining Your Pitch
by Drew Clark, Director, Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group

3:15 – 4:45 pm

Break out session
Perfecting your pitching skills in a focus group coached by expert

4:45 – 5:30 pm

Final Pitches
Lucky few pitch their idea to the entire audience, followed by feedback

To get you started, here are some tips from the field:
1. Less is always more
2. Never hypothesize. Execute, execute, execute
3. Leave the hockey sticks on the ice
4. Learn to love discount stores
5. Rome wasn't built in a day. Your business won't be either
6. Choose not to be the smartest person in the room

Interesting Resources:
• Guy Kawasaki’s “Rules to business pitches
How to pitch your business idea in 30 seconds
• Forbes,com's “The art of the business pitch


photo of Drew Clark


Andrew "Drew" Clark
Sustainable Silicon Valley Board Member
Director of Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group

Drew is a top strategist for many of IBM’s key business imperatives including Energy & Environment (Cleantech) and Cloud Computing. A serial “intrapreneur", Drew has led a range of internal startup initiatives, including a key role in formation of IBM's Internet Division. He has helped lead several of IBM's most innovative development initiatives – including creation of IBM’s Internet unit, Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing units. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Western Carolina University in 1978 and has completed coursework toward a PhD in Theoretical Plasma Physics at the University of Texas Austin.

Questions? Contact Program Director, Bhavana Dhene

650-318-3638 ext. 382 
bdhene (at) sustainablesv.org

Have questions about Refine Your Pitch Workshop? Contact Sustainable Silicon Valley

When & Where

Microsoft Corporation
1020 Enterprise Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT)

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Sustainable Silicon Valley

About SSV - Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) is a non-profit organization leading Silicon Valley to a more sustainable future by serving as a catalyst, change agent and source of information and inspiration. As a growing consortium of companies, governmental entities, academic and research institutions and non-profit organizations, we work together to achieve this vision through collaboration and innovation, bringing solutions from Silicon Valley’s inventors, entrepreneurs and enterprises to solve problems and create resilience in our region and bringing them from Silicon Valley to regions around the world.

Our partners include businesses such as HP, SAP, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Google, Intuit and IBM; entrepreneurial ventures, government agencies such as NASA, the State of California’s Bay Area Air Quality Management District, counties, cities; universities, utilities and other NGOs.

More info: www.sustainablesv.org


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