The Venture Final Pitch takes place on the 14th July and the finalists will have just five minutes to impress the four judges, Eva Longoria, Joe Huff,Sonal Shah and Alexandre Ricard.
Before heading to New York City, the 2015 Alumni offered the 27 entrepreneurs some advice on how to best present their respective businesses.
Aliza Napartivaumnuay, co-founder of SocialGiver: “Remember why you are doing this in the first place, and what you are hoping to achieve. Being able to provide a concrete yet fresh approach to your take on the market with your business model, is a crucial part of The Venture Final whether or not you earn funding. Be yourself and know what you want beyond just funding.”
Sahar Wahbeh, founder of Dumyé: “Share your story with concise passion. Share your business story and try to contain your nerves. Try to enjoy the experience as much as you can because it will be over in the blink of an eye. Listen and learn, because it not just about your five minute pitch, but the whole journey and the journeys of the other social entrepreneurs around you.”
Guilherme Lichand, founder of MGov: “Be thick-skinned, remember this isyour vision, so make sure you tell your story: where you want to be, what do you need to get there, and how you will track your progress and social impact? Measure, measure, and measure. They want to know about your demonstrable social impact, so make sure when you leave the stage that you have illustrated this as clearly as you can.”
David Gluckman, co-founder of Lumkani: “Demonstrate why you are the person to trust and how you can drive your vision to conclusion – your passion and your abilities must shine through. Remember, your plan of action and a logical path to success are very important, so make sure you clearly define these to the panel of judges.”
Doris Leung, founder of Diamond Cab: “You need to think deeply about how to best present your vision on the scalability of your business. Have confidence in yourself and your business proposal and the evidence to hand that shows how your model is sustainable and easy to scale.”
Yoshihiro Kawahara, founder of Sensprout: “During The Venture I learnt a lot about the importance of “resonance”, in particular how you can clearly articulate your business proposition in a way that leaves a lasting impression on someone. Ensuring you speak passionately about your solution to a social cause is very important for a presentation like this. I lived in academia where logic and objective discussion rules. So it was very tough for me, but a huge learning curve nonetheless.”
Christine Souffrant, founder of Vendedy: “Be as simple and as concise as possible. Complicated business models cause confusion, focus on scalability and make sure you articulate the impact as eloquently as you can. Remember that you don’t have long!”
Victoria Alonsoperez, co-founder of Chipsafer: “Be concise and to the point. I believe that a short impactful pitch is better than a long one. Remember that you don’t have very long and that the judges will be hearing plenty of pitches beyond your own. How can you make them remember you above everyone else?”
Tony Chan, Coolpeds: “Be passionate, genuine and although it might sound simple; dress smartly. First impressions are very important during The Venture final, so make sure you make them count.”
Juan Nicolas Suarez, co-founder of Diseclar: “Be serious and clear. You must have your financial figures clearly in mind, as well as your desired level of funding, and be ready to showcase how funding from The Venture can help make a positive change.”
Georgi Chipov, co-founder of Arthesis: “Tell great stories about how your business is helping to create positive change in the lives of others, and clearly show the facts and figures that illustrate this impact.”
Francesco Piazzesi, founder of ¡Échale! A tu casa: “Be clear when you pose the problem, the target population, the solution model and the financial equation you need to achieve your goal. Be upfront and honest with your numbers but be sure to articulate your passion for the particular problem you are solving.”
Raul Aguayo, founder of Conuco Solar: “Have a very clear and realistic goal that showcases what impact you could have on the world. Showcase the way you are measuring results, and the potential you have to scale your business, with or without funding.”
Ilona Kotova, the Commercial Director of Line 24: “Do not worry and do not try to burden too much information on the judges, that is possible in three to five minutes. It is over so quickly so make sure you are well prepared for this special moment. And enjoy the ride!”
Will Waldron, co-founder of Two Fingers Brewing Co.: “Tell the story, your story, in an emotive but factually correct way. Make it personal and invite the audience, particularly the judges, to join you on that journey.”
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