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Pitching to Investors without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap

February 18, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Mentoring entreprenuers
Entrepreneurs and investors discuss business ideas at the MIT Enterprise Forum Mentor Event












Are you an entrepreneur who seeks sound, experienced advice on starting a company? Are you looking for innovative ideas that will help you quickly get from concept to revenue? If so, don’t miss this opportunity to learn 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.

  • Learn how to create a pitch deck designed to get funding
  • Examine and analyze two real examples of successful pitch decks
  • Hear a successful entrepreneur deliver a pitch for a startup that got funded
  • Hear candid insights about lessons learned
  • Discover what excites investment professionals – and what turns them off
  • Get answers to your questions by asking the experts
  • Meet and network with fellow entrepreneurs

Meet Our Experts

jonathan aberman
Jonathan Aberman

Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures. Jonathan is highly respected and valued thought leader on entrepreneurship and innovation. His work as a venture investor, innovation consultant, university professor and media commentator, allows him to experience and connect the many threads of entrepreneurship and technology innovation that are core to the United States economy and its future. Jonathan is also the Chair for FounderCorps, a regional not for profit that focuses on entrepreneurial development and startup acceleration in the Washington DC region.

As you might already know, we have made a few changes to our program trying to fill the second speaker/presentation for our program on the 18th. The big change; we are featuring 3 local start ups to present (10 min. each) for this event and gain commentary and feedback from an expert panel. As you know, an investor pitch is so important for any start up company to get right and in getting it right requires mastery of lots of moving parts. We expect that the panel will be commenting on everything about what they see from each start up’s founder(s) during that segment of our program. Not only will the content of the slides/deck be examined and commented on, but also the delivery of the presentation, strength, articulation of the opportunity, addressing the Q&A etc. This is designed to get value feedback to these start up founders from all different aspects of the presentation.


  • 6:30 pm: registration and networking
  • 7:00 – 7:05/7:10 Opening remarks from Dean Carmel
  • 7:10 – 8:00 Jonathan Aberman, Pitching to Investors Without Getting Caught in a Sandtrap
  • 8:00 – 8:10 Break
  • 8:10 – 8:20 Start up #1 Pitch Deck/Presentation
  • 8:20 – 8:30 Panel comments Q&A
  • 8:30 – 8:40 Start up #2 Pitch Deck/Presentation
  • 8:40 – 8:50 Panel comments Q&A
  • 8:50 – 9:00 Start up #3 Pitch Deck/Presentation
  • 9:00 – 9:10 Panel comments Q&A
  • 9:10 – 9:30 post-event networking


February 18, 2016
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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American University, Kogod School of Business, Room 118
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016 US


MIT Enterprise Forum DC & Baltimore