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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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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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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“The event is very well organized. Every minute is planned to maximize the potential for participants to obtain information. The speakers and mentors are super knowledgeable and informative.”

“The presentation was excellent and relevant.”

“Everything. Very well organized informative and educational. Mentoring was top-notch.”

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“The mentors were extremely helpful and full of ideas.”

“The candid conversations we were able to have with both mentors and groups at round tables.”

“The way in which it was organized. The meet and greet, the presentation, round table, and one-on-one.”

“Interacting with entrepreneurs and getting their advice and making connections.”

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“The contact and opportunity to ask questions and learn from others who have gone through starting businesses.”

“One-on-one was great!  Round table was excellent.”

“Expert speakers and fantastic moderator.”

“I loved the energy of the speakers and the variety in their experiences.”

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“The opportunity to speak with mentors and learn from their experiences has been great!”

“It has been very useful in allowing and educating me to understand and plan my next steps.”

“Very high quality and quantity of information.”

“Lots of helpful information from experts.”

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“Great blend of stories, networking, panels and one-on-one time.”

“Knowledgeable speakers/presenters.”

“Mentors were very informative about their startups.”

“The quality of the mentors – being able to bounce ideas and plans off experienced/successful entrepreneurs is extremely valuable.”

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“The event is for all levels and all areas of entrepreneurs.”

“Good information on initial formation and business idea.”

“Appreciated Cynthia Traeger’s speech and advice on starting a business.”

“Great to talk to accomplished entrepreneurs and get feedback/advice.”