Avoiding Sandtraps

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Jonathan Aberman
Jonathan Aberman

I had a few minutes to speak with Jonathan Aberman, one of our experts for our upcoming event, Pitching to Investors without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap, Feb. 18th at American University. As an investor, you see many deals, meet with few and invest in an even smaller group.  Much easier to pass on a deal, so catching an investor’s interest is critical.

Jonathan will speak to the best ways to do that while not driving a potential investor away. He will explain the all important difference between venture investors and angel investors and what it means to an entrepreneur. His session will be interactive so there will be opportunities to get specific answers to your questions.

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The Kogod School of Business At American University Is The Place To Be On Feb. 18th

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Andrew J. Polcha CEO of WORLDPIPE.tv

The MITEF event on Feb. 18th is shaping up to being an exciting evening. I, as other members of the Chapter Executive Committee (CEC), are so excited to have our organization’s first event for 2016 at American University. First, I want to give a big THANK YOU to the Dean of The Kogod School of Business at American University, Dean Carmel for him welcoming The Forum and for hosting our event on February 18th. Also, I am thrilled that Dean Carmel has agreed to be part of our evening’s program; kicking off the event with opening remarks. I also am honored to be playing the part of co-emcee with my friend Andy Rudin.

Things have changed for the evening’s schedule/agenda. Please note the new schedule as follows:

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Fundraising and Pitching to Investors – Meet Our Experts

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Learn about fundraising from some of the best entrepreneurial minds in the DC area at the MIT Enterprise Forum’s first 2016 Mentor Event, Pitching to Investors, featuring Jonathan Aberman of FounderCorps and Amplifier Ventures. This program offers a unique opportunity to discover best practices from people who have raised money to start companies – and from those who have invested in them – including what to do, and what not to do.

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Having A Great Investor Pitch Deck Is SO Important To Any Size Organization

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Andrew Polcha, CEO of Worldpipe.tv
Andrew Polcha, CEO of Worldpipe.tv

Register here to learn about how to create and deliver a funding pitch.

This is good advice for any stage of company. If your investor presentation is bad – you likely won’t get your funding. Funding to a company is important – it’s like oxygen; you can’t breath very well without it. Now, managing a company is like running a foot race. If you are a startup, pre-revenue/early stage, the founders or management hopefully have a good pace set running their venture or company. For me, I equate running my ventures like running a marathon; if I run them like I were running a 1000 yard dash – I will surely never make it over the finish line.

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Pitching to Investors without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap

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Register here to learn about how to create and deliver a funding pitch.

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Matthew Falls, Chairman

This program offers a unique opportunity to discover best practices from people who have raised money to start companies – and from those who have invested in them – including what to do, and what not to do.

Attendees will get firsthand insight from an investor with experience funding early-stage companies.  They will learn what to include in a pitch deck and what to leave out. They will understand why it’s vital for their accounting estimates and projections to add up, and how anomalies are discovered.

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