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Elevator Pitch Roundtables and Workshops

Have you ever had a discussion with someone about your company and all that resulted from it was a blank stare?  Here's your chance to fix that and get first hand feedback from investors who are experts at reviewing pitches.  The elevator pitch can make or break you for a follow up engagement with an investor.  It's the first impression you make on them so it's important to make it count.  If interested, details and information about how to apply are below.


  • You will be broken into groups and placed in a room with 10-15 other entrepreneurs and one investor.

  • Each company will need to present their elevator pitch in 30 seconds or less. The investor will provide feedback immediately following the pitch.

  • You will not be able to use or bring anything with you.  Just you and your pitch that's stored in your brain.

  • When everyone in the room has pitched, you will each have 15 minutes to make adjustments to your pitches based on the suggestions and feedback your investor provided.

  • All companies will be brought back at the end of the 15 minutes brainstorm session to present their elevator pitches (this will be in front of the entire group of participating companies and the investors).

  • Here are some best practices as you think about constructing your elevator pitch (or making it even more brilliant than it already is).

  • Space is limited.  Please make sure to read the directions below on how to participate.

Peter Hebert, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Lux Capital
Vijay Nagappan, Associate, MHS Capital
Jeff Tannenbaum, Principal, Blue Run Ventures

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Menlo Park, CA

9:00 am - 11:00 am:  Pitch Event Roundtables
11:00 am - 11:15 am:  Brainstorming (companies to make adjustments to their pitches)
11:15 am - 11:30 am:  All companies present elevator pitches for a final time
11:30 am - 12:00 pm:  Networking

How to Participate:

If you are interested, please submit your elevator pitch to Joyce Chuang by Thursday, July 12 for consideration.  Selections will be announced on Monday, July 16.

If you have any questions, please contact Joyce Chuang at 650-289-7178.