Our Top 15 Start-ups got the opportunity to pitch their companies in front of esteemed investors and influencers at last weeks Metabridge tech retreat in front of over 300 attendees.
The event featured Top 15 Start-up pitches, panels from venture capitalists, and a keynote from Santiago Solanas, Global Chief Marketing Officer for Sage. By the end of the first day, anyone who has launched, or is in the process of launching, a tech company came away with some amazing insight about growing his or her business.
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Pitching But Were Afraid To Ask
For a startup, pitching your company before a crowded theatre is never easy, but doing so when the audience is comprised of potential investors multiplies the intensity factor substantially. And this year, the Top 15 startups faced an even bigger challenge with a panel of judges who were more blunt and honest than ever. Which is not to say that their advice was not helpful; judges Paul Singh (Results Junkies), Tim Eades (vArmour), Jennifer Warawa (Sage) and Marcus Daniels (Highline.vc) provided excellent - albeit very candid - feedback that will go a long way in helping the startups with future pitches. Any startup wondering how to pitch and how not to pitch would have found almost everything they needed to know just by watching and learning.
There was also much to learn from the three venture capital panels that took place. Some of the top VCs from around the world provided insightful views about what it takes to impress them, and they shared many of their stories - from horror to fairytale - about the companies they’ve worked with. One very important piece of advice for Start-ups that came up is that getting an investor is truly an international thing: a company doesn’t need to focus on Silicon Valley for VC investment.
“If you have a good quality company and pitch, you can get investors from anywhere,” said Tom Williams, Operator in Chief at BetterCompany.
It was clear that if there is one thing that startups need to focus on when looking for an investor is to concentrate on building relationships. While they didn’t agree on everything, all the VCs who spoke felt that a good relationship is the most important part of the startup/VC connection.
“In the early stage, it doesn't matter about the data and the product, it's about relationships,” said Lee Jacobs, partner at AngelList.
Congratulations again to all 15 companies who earned a place at Metabridge this year.