In front of a packed room of enthusiastic entrepreneurs, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC and Baltimore held its first event of 2016, Pitching to Investors Without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap, hosted by the Kogod School of Business at American University on February 18th.
The event featured networking and pizza, followed by Jonathan Aberman of FounderCorps and Amplifier Ventures, who gave real-life best practices on pitching from an experienced investor who has invested in start-up companies. His talk was followed by a lively Q&A from the audience of entrepreneurs.
Jonathan’s talk addressed issues such as the fact that Investors are NOT Your Friends, Raising Money is Like Dating, the need for entrepreneurs to Be Ready to Tell Your Story and what to do if You Fail to Raise Capital?
One entrepreneur, Laurie Wiggins, CEO and founder of tech start-up, Sysenex, talks about why she comes to MIT Enterprise Forum events and the insights she gained from Jonathan’s presentation.
Key takeaways for attendees at the event included learning to create a pitch deck designed to get funding, what excites investment professionals – and what turns them off and candid insights from entrepreneurs about lessons learned.
Attendees gave high praise to the speaker, panel and the featured tech start-ups. During the networking and throughout the event, comments such as “the presentation was informative and engaging”, “good experience/overview of the pitching process”, and “smart, knowledgeable presenters” were overheard. Judging from the full room, the engaged presenters and the spirited crowd of entrepreneurs, the first MIT Enterprise Forum event was quite a success.