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With Joshua Ness (Emerging Technology Dir., IEEE).
Thu, Apr 18, 2024 @ 04:00 PM   FREE   The Yard: Herald Square, 106 W 32nd St

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Get your idea out into the world & receive peer feedback at Pitches & Pints by Startup Grind in collaboration with The Yard.

Remember when pitching was fun? No battles or competitions, no celebrity VCs, no make-or-break stress.

We're bringing back low-pressure pitch events for early-stage startups that just need to get their ideas out into the world & hear constructive feedback from fellow founders in the trenches. So join us for an afternoon of innovation, networking, & camaraderie with Pitches & Pints.

Hosted in collaboration with The Yard coworking community, this event offers a platform for startups to share ideas, gather feedback, & connect with fellow founders.

Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Venue: The Yard: Herald Square
Register: Sign up here to pitch
Begin with happy hour bites & drinks while mingling with fellow founders & members of The Yard. As the sun sets, the spotlight shifts to five emerging startups who will take the stage to pitch their visions.

This is not a competition -- it's an opportunity for founders to showcase their projects, exchange insights, & receive constructive feedback from founder peers.

Whether you're a startup enthusiast, an industry professional, or a curious mind, Pitches & Pints will be an engaging & inspiring afternoon to celebrate entrepreneurship, foster connections, & toast the spirit of innovation.

Our hosts at The Yard are offering a free day pass for attendees who arrive early & want to cowork before the event. Just tell the front desk you're there for Pitches & Pints happening later.

Pitch - 5 minutes
Audience Q&A - 5 minutes
Pitch deck is required
Our longtime friend Mike Wilner, previously from the Startup Team at AWS, shares advice below on the art of pitching & the deck:

Keep your narrative crisp
Be opinionated & non-obvious
Make sure there's an "oh shit" moment, & convey that it will be a venture-scale business
Frame progress in terms of what you've actually figured out -- don't jump to arbitrary KPIs
Additionally, he advises that your fundraising narrative should be a concise, memorable explanation of what you're building, why you're fundraising, & why someone should invest. It should answer 5 questions:

What are you building?
Why will you win?
How have you de-risked your business so far?
How will you de-risk your business in the near future?
What will the future look like if you're successful?
For examples of previously successful pitch decks referenced by Mike Wilner, click here & here.


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