Wahoooo! Congratulations on being selected to be one of the handful of startups to pitch at the next Founders Live in your city. This is an exciting time and big opportunity for you to shine, so we want to make sure you prepare appropriately.
**NOTE: Some of this applies to PRE-COVID Founders Live in-person Experience**
Here’s what you get to look forward to:
Welcome to the Founders Live Pitch Preparation Package. We have put together a number of resources, videos, interviews and clips to help you as you prepare for your event. We encourage you to take action on these and reach out to your city leader if you have additional questions.
The Founders Live event follows a simple format:
- 1 hour networking
- 1 hour pitches/presentations
- 1 hour networking
During the pitch hour, your 5:30 mins time on stage breaks down as such:
- A 99 Second (1 min, 39 seconds) timed pitch. You will be stopped at 99 seconds!
- 4 minutes of Questions from the audience
- We encourage you to use slides and not to have more than 9 in your slide deck
Wondering what Founders Live events are like online? Go to our livestream channel watch.founderslive.com to find past events.
Nick’s Quick Tips
I created Founders Live for entertainment, education and inspiration. Our goal is to entertain people around the world with a beautiful mix of fun and innovation at an unforgettable event. But it also is an incredible venue for you to hone in on your message, gain valuable feedback and possibly earn new business! Take it from me, a well crafted 99-second pitch can change your life so it’s best to be as prepared as possible. Here are a few thoughts.
- Make sure to wrap a storyline within your 99 second pitch
- What emotion are you tugging on? Humanize it and make it relatable to any audience
- What’s the problem/solution set? What issue or problem did you discover, who has this problem, and how are you uniquely solving it? Why are you the one to solve it?
- Your goal is to get the audience to nod their head in agreement as soon as possible
- Make sure you include how you make money and some data of usage and growth
- Don’t end with an investment ask, it feels weird to people in the room
- Prepare and practice for 120 seconds so you leave yourself buffer time at the end
- Your goal = leave them with one major point or thought to ponder and be intrigued by
- Nick’s biggest pet peeve = founders getting stopped during their Founders Live pitch!
- If you have a question or want my perspective message me on Founders Live here.
Founders Live Dallas City Leader David Ezell’s 6 tips for success
Tips from Past Winners
Amy Hutchins of Unearth: Prep advice on pitching at Founders Live events
Alex Jiao of Silene Biotech: Advice on The 99 Second Founders Live Pitch
David Tanos of Tanosteel delivers a great 99-Second pitch at Founders Live Boston.
Joyce Wu of Cluck: a good example pacing and content of winning pitch
On Founders Live
(VIDEO and Q&A) – Bryan Rutberg: The Confidence Game and How To Overcome Stage Fright When Presenting To A Crowd
Tips from City Leaders
Alex Resnick – Founders Live San Diego City Leader: This is a full conversation but Alex gives a few tips at around 12:00 in the podcast. (click image to go to the podcast.)
Gregarious Narain – Founders Live Denver City Leader on how to craft your best pitch: This is a full conversation but Gregarious gives many Founders Live pitch tips starting around 19:40 in the podcast. (click image to go to the podcast.)