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5 Startup of the Year Finalist Pitches at Innovate Celebrate

By | Oct 11, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Pitching is scary. Sitting down with a relative stranger to convince them that your company is the next big thing is enough to make an entrepreneur sweat bullets. After all, the right pitch can do a lot for the future of a new startup….


Turning the Negatives Into Positives During a Business Pitch

By | May 6, 2017 at 10:30 am

There comes a time in the life of every company when something bad happens. Whether something is deficient or someone else tried to take a piece of the action, every business has gone through a time it would prefer to forget. So when you’re…


Proving Your Business Model to Customers on a Macro Level

By | Mar 14, 2017 at 2:20 pm

These days, customers want to be educated and influenced through impartial input. At my consulting firm focused on finding ways to generate new clients, we’ve moved beyond the traditional sales model. The consumer is profoundly more educated when entering a business conversation than they’ve…


8 Ways to Make Your Elevator Pitch More Memorable

By | Oct 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC members generate billions of dollars in revenue and have created tens of thousands of jobs. An elevator pitch can take your startup to all new heights. Once…

Tips & How To’s

5 Tips for Nailing Your Next Client Presentation

By | Apr 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm

One of the most difficult things to do in business isn’t so much coming up with a viable idea as it is being able to present that idea to your clients (and, hopefully, get their approval). For many business professionals, this remains an elusive…



Kaplan EdTech Accelerator Demo Day Presented 11 Startups Aiming to Improve Education

By | Oct 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm

This week, the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator officially ended its 2014 series with a Demo Day presenting the 11 startups that went through its intensive, three-month program. Each of the startups got the opportunity to pitch their ideas for improving education to an audience of…



20 DC-Area Startups Selected to Present at TechBUZZ Summer 2014

By | Jun 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) announced yesterday the 20 DC-area startups that will be presenting at this year’s TechBUZZ Summer 2014 event. Each company will be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an audience of investors, tech executives, and entrepreneurs. Launched in…

Challenge Cup


Pitch Perfect: Lessons on the Startup Pitch at Challenge Cup DC

By | Oct 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Today’s the day! Today’s the day! Okay, well, yesterday was the day – but whatever! The Challenge Cup, an international startup competition aimed at finding the most innovative startup solving a pressing global issue, kicked off yesterday with its DC regional competition. Taking place at 1776, day…


San Francisco

Create a Beautiful Pitch to Investors, Press, or Customers with Crushpath

By | Mar 25, 2013 at 11:30 am

Startups are constantly pitching their idea to investors, press, potential employees, and customers. But if you think about it, all those pitches are in different places. Some are in PowerPoint, others in email, others on your website. Earlier in March, Crushpath raised $6 million…


Interview with VC Jeff Clavier: The Dangers of Lean Startup, Big Pitching Mistakes, and More Tips

By | Mar 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Named a “kingmaker” of Silicon Valley, micro-VC Jeff Clavier has been pitched more than 10,000 times (according to his own estimate). His firm SoftTech VC, which recently closed a third fund of $55 million, boasts investments like Eventbrite, Mint, Fitbit, and Fab. That’s all…