Education, entrepreneurship, pitching, startup

How to Pitch Your Startup


Yours truly live on stage at LeWeb in Paris pitching “Gauss — The People Magnet” (Image CC @francois_tancre)

How to Pitch Your Startup

I see a lot of startup pitches and pitch decks. And most of them suck. So let me share some basic knowledge to help you avoid my rookie mistakes and to help you massively improve your pitch before you reach out to investors, before you start raising that funding round.

(If you like this post, you’ll probably love the much more in-depth Pitching Masterclass.)

There are actually three pitches you need to master. Read on to master them all.

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Education, Events, pitching

Rheinland Pitch Winter Finals 2015 in Cologne


And the winner is…

Yesterday saw the first ever winter finals of the Rheinland Pitch event series – and a spectacular success it was!

The Rheinland Pitch is a monthly startup event where regional startups receive professional pitch training and a stage to present themselves to investors, media and the general public – for free. I’ve been involved from the start in April 2013 and thus far I have trained over 270 startups to pitch – and counting!

Once in a while we pick the best of the best to pitch in a grand finals. This summer the first ever Rheinland Pitch finals took place in Düsseldorf and was a rip roaring success and we were very excited to bring the finals to Cologne, hosted by the wonderful Wallraf-Richartz Museum.


Quiet before the storm – The foyer of our awesome venue, the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne

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Coaching Startups to Pitch – At the Avatech accelerator in Tehran, Iran!


Avatech – One of the very first tech startup accelerators in Tehran, Iran

Avatech is a 6 months startup accelerator program that provides entrepreneurs with the necessary ingredients to succeed. We provide aspiring entrepreneurs with mentorship, entrepreneurial training, seed funding and a creative workspace for a period of 6 months. We prepare the teams to get in front of more than a hundred accredited investors to expose their product and receive funding to grow their businesses. –

As you might already know, I was recently invited to Iran to lecture at the QIAU university and facilitate the world’s largest Startup Weekend event.

Additionally, I’m also here to help my friend Sara Usinger, program manager of one of the very first tech startup accelerators in Tehran, Iran named Avatech, coaching their first cohort on how to pitch properly.

UPDATE: Check this video from Avatech out!

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Events, pitching

Moderating the Startup Competition at The Web Summit in Dublin

MC'ing @ Dublin Web Summit 2015

MC’ing @ Dublin Web Summit 2015

I recently had the honor and privilege to be invited to moderate (MC) the startup competition at The Web Summit in Dublin. I had a blast.

“Web Summit is a technology-industry conference held in Dublin, Ireland since 2010. The topic of the conference is centered on internet technology and attendees range from Fortune 500 companies to the world’s most exciting tech companies. This contains a a mix of CEOs and founders of tech start ups together with a range of people from across the global technology industry, as well as related industries.” – from Wikipedia

Forbes describes the events as “the best technology conferences on the planet” and CNN call them “the hottest events in tech”. For me and others, it’s one of the best opportunities this side of the Atlantic to catch up with old friends in the startup scene from around the world and make new ones.

Do you want to book me too? Shoot me an email at [email protected] and let’s talk.

Had a lot of fun MC-ing the #websummit startup pitches this morning. :) Do you have a #pitch fave?

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