Tag: Pitch

April showers bring May startup pitch competitions: TechfestNW is back

It seems like only yesterday that we were judging startups as part of the first full virtual TechfestNW, the annual destination event for startups and the startup curious, organized by Willamette Week. Because it was practically yesterday. But now, TFNW is back for a one day event in May 2021.

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What do I mean when I say that your startup story should be “Books for Amazon”? Let’s let Jeff Bezos tell it

If you have spent any time with me talking through the story you’re telling when you’re pitching your startup, I’ve no doubt shared my “Books for Amazon” advice. What do I mean by that? Well, let’s let Jeff Bezos give you some context, circa 1997.

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What makes for a successful Seed deck?

There are any number of ways to tell a startup’s story. But no format sparks more debate than the pitch deck. What topics should it cover? How many slides should it contain? How much time should I spend on design?

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SXSW Pitch 2021 application deadline extended

If you’ve been putting off applying for the annual SXSW Pitch event, your procrastination has now been rewarded. The application deadline is now Sunday, January 10, 2021, at 11:59PM PST.

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TechfestNW PitchfestNW 2020 winner: HILOS

Another TechfestNW is in the books. And with it, PitchfestNW, which has become a quintessential — and international — part of this annual event, albeit virtual this time around. Once the digital dust settled, one company stood apart from the others and it happened to be a local company: HILOS.

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Portland’s first week of December is chock full of startup pitches

Apparently, Portland didn’t get the memo about startup stuff quieting down during the holidays. Because the beginning of December has two major pitch events taking place Pitch Oregon and TechfestNW Pitchfest. And that may be just the thing you need to shake yourself out of your tryptophan induced stupor.

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Bend Venture Conference applications are now open

It’s easily the largest startup stage pitch competition in the Pacific Northwest. And when you hold that sort of title — despite any pandemic — the show must go on. In some way or another. That’s why Bend Venture Conference has opened applications for BVC 2020.

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Curious about Pitch Black in 2020?

Honestly, me too. So when I saw this hint drop on Twitter I immediately wanted to share it. I mean, not a lot of details at the moment, admittedly. But a hint. At the very least. And that’s something. And the good news is that Pitch Black very well may be back in 2020. And returning to more cities than Portland.

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You’ve procrastinated long enough. SXSW Pitch 2020 applications are due November 15, 2019.

I know. You had the best intentions. You were going to get it done the weekend before last. But then that server crashed. Or there was the family thing. Or whatever. It happens. But now, the deadline is rapidly approaching. So please take a few moments to complete your application for SXSW Pitch 2020.

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A quick (and admittedly tardy) look back on PitchBlack 5

It’s been more than a week. I’m still processing. To be honest. It was the biggest PitchBlack I’d had the opportunity to attend. It had the most people pitching. It was sold out. And for all of the energy and love I’d felt at previous PitchBlacks, this one just seemed to be something special. I’m really really glad I got the chance to attend. But it’s taken me a while to take it all in.

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