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  • October.16.2013
  • Sliicon Valley - Fundraising Series Part 2

Elevator Pitch Roundtables & Workshops

Date: October 16, 2013 
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Orrick's Silicon Valley Office (1000 Marsh Road, Menlo Park, CA)

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Vijay Nagappan
Investor MHS Captial


Jeff Tannenbaum
Principal Bluerun Ventures


Ed Yip
Vice President Norwest Venture Partners



*Please note, only those who apply will be allowed to participate.  Spectators are not allowed for this session.

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 and investor. It's the first impression you make on them so it's important to make it count. This is the second part of our four part fundraising series. If interested, details and information about how to apply are below.


  • You will be broken up into groups and placed in a room with 10-15 other entrepreneurs (numbers depend on applicants received) 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 elevator pitch that's stored in your brain.

  • When everyone in the room has pitched, you will all re-group and each investor will choose their top finalists (these are not the final selections for Part 3, just selections for the purpose of this event).

  • The selected finalists will have 3-5 minutes to make adjustments to their pitches by incorporating the feedback they previously received.

  • When time is up, the selected finalists will all be brought back into the main room and present in the final pitch off (all companies, even those who were not among the selected finalists, are encouraged to stay and listen).

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

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

Investors (more investors may be added):

Vijay Nagappan, Associate, MHS Capital
Jeff Tannenbaum, Principal, BlueRun Ventures
Ed Yip, Associate, Norwest Venture Partners


9:00 am - 10:40 am: Pitch Event Roundtables
10:40 am - 10:50 am: Brainstorming (selected companies to make adjustments to their pitches)
10:50 am - 11:00 am: Final Pitch Off
11:00 am - 11:30 am: Networking

Apply to attend:

If interested, please submit a brief description of your company to Joyce Chuang by Monday, October 14 by 2:00 pm PST for consideration. Selections will be announced late Monday/early Tuesday.

Those who are selected to continue onto Part 3, will be notified after this event is over and will receive further instructions.

If you have any questions, please contact Joyce Chuang.