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Pitch Experience | Assistance

Want to improve your investor pitch? Just do it! Get out there and talk with investors . . . and iterate. If you're not part of an accelerator, reach out to angels and professionals with experience in your space for feedback. Practice, practice, practice.  In addition, these resources may be useful.

DEMO Conference
Produced by IDG Enterprise in conjunction with VentureBeat, the DEMO conferences in the United States, China, Brazil and Singapore focus on emerging technologies and new product innovations. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies. 

Dophin Tank
Unlike ABC's Shark Tank or the British Dragon's Den, in the Dolphin Tank you share your ideas without the fear that the audience will tear you to shreds. In the two minutes it takes to pitch your idea, we can tell you whether your pitch "pops" or not.  We'll help you make edits to your message that might make all the difference when opportunities come your way.  Sponsored by Springbroad Enterprises.

Founder Showcase
Quarterly startup pitch and networking event that gathers over 300 top technology CEOs, investors, and seed-stage companies in Silicon Valley to hear talks from leading CEOs, and help launch a promising startup to greatness.  The next showcase is scheduled for November 7, 2012 at Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco.

Offers "Are you Serious" in NYC (next event Sept 19, 2012 at Mercy College) and Miami for early stage start-ups with an idea or who may have presented to investors unsuccessfully; minimum team size is 2, openness and willingness to accept constructive criticism (thick skin) are required. Also, offered is "The Gauntlet" for companies with a prototype, present revenue, experience pitching investors, current investment minimum $1M.

Showcasing the best startup pitches.

4-week virtual coaching program to prepare your startup for funding success.  Includes feedback from 2 investors at end of course on completion of your video pitch & slide deck. Cost is $250.

Want to deliver a perfect startup pitch? Call now to practice: +1 (209) 215-2160 and tell that robo-voice guy why you’re going to change the world!  As of Aug 18, 2012, it’s free for the first 1,000 inbound calls, but there are pricing plans starting at $4.99/month for those who want PitchPhone to automatically dial them throughout the day. 

Pitch Refinery
Learn to pitch investors, the press, and customers, present on television, on a stage, and to your board. A crash course on how to say it when. Being held in Chicago Sept 22-23, 2012.

Virtual whiteboard that transforms presentations from monologues into conversations: enabling people to see, understand, and remember ideas. 

SF New Tech
Bay Area’s largest, longest-running monthly technology event and networking mixer for people who can’t get enough of technology. SFNT's stage is a platform for young startups and established companies alike, to show off what they’ve been working on. Each company (or developer) gets 5 minutes to strut their stuff under the spotlight and on the big screen and then another 5 minutes to answer tough questions from the audience.

VC Task Force
Frequently offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to present to seed stage and angel investors. The next "Elevator Pitch Roundatable PLUS" is October 3, 2012 in Redwood City. There is also a seed stage event on October 8, 2012 at Hanson Bridgett in San Francisco. Register here for one of 10 pitch slots. Events are ongoing so check VCT's website regularly.

The Huffington Post also recently had a post by Scott Steinberg on "How to Create an Amaizing Crowdfunding Pitch".