Great Results from Seed Forum’s Start-Up Pitch Training in London, Hosted by Gowlings October 17, 2014
By David Shannon, UK Manager, @ SeedForumUK
After 12 years of organising 26 successful investor-matchmaking forums in London, Seed Forum this month delivered its first UK-based pitch-training day for start-ups. On Friday 17th October, Gowlings law practitioners hosted Seed Forum’s first investor-readiness training session in their offices at 125 Old Broad Street, London.
Steinar Korsmo, President of Seed Forum International Foundation, flew in to personally deliver the pitch-training education session to a class of six carefully selected UK-based tech start-ups in preparation for the next Seed Forum pitch day to be held at the Greenwich Digital Enterprise Centre on 14th November 2014. The key lessons during the education session included how to make an effective 30-second “power pitch,” and Mr Korsmo also helped start-ups perfect their seven-minute investor presentations. Other topics included the investor mind-set, value drivers and document preparation for due diligence.
I could tell that all the start-ups were able to gain some valuable insights, and I was impressed by the significant improvements they made in presenting their companies throughout the day. Their preparedness will make all the difference when they pitch for investment.
Indeed, four of the participating companies will be progressing to pitch at Seed Forum in London on the 14th of November. They will be joined by five fund-seeking start-ups from Eastern Europe, the Nordics and the Baltic regions. All five of the latter start-ups are looking for investment in the UK and the opportunity to gain access to the UK market.
Pitch training was an eye-opener, and I look forward seeing our investors take advantage of some of these exciting investment opportunities.
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