Pitch Training

    Monday, November 4, 2019

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Pitch Training

Monday, November 4, 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019
Event starts at 6:15 pm

Liip AG
Limmatstrasse 183
Zurich, Switzerland 8005

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Bootcamp: Pre Techstars Startup Weekend Pitch Practice

The pitch is the most important part of a startup communication. You will use it again and again. To have the most impact, it should be simple, concise, and informative. Join us and learn how to get to the point.

Kira Leuthold

You know what to expect from the pitching challenges at the Techstars Startup Weekend and you are ready to face them.
  • You know the key ingredients of a convincing investor pitch.
  • You’re confident about pitching your business idea in the form of an elevator pitch.
  • You know useful tool and resources used by startups for pitching.
What we’ll do:
  • Short input sessions to get to know the 101 of startup pitching.
  • Practice, practice, practice! We’ll focus on elevator pitching as this is the first challenge you’ll face at the Startup Weekend.
  • 2 hours for pitch practice
  • Followed by drinks & networking
Do I practice with the same idea that I’ll pitch at the Startup Weekend?
  • This is entirely up to you. The training is a good opportunity to work on the pitch you want to give at the Startup Weekend. But you will also benefit from the training if you practice with another idea – the principles of pitching remain the same, no matter the idea.
Do I have to pitch to attend the training?
  • No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you've been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during training. We will also provide you with some sample ideas. It's a great experience, an invaluable practice for public speaking and an excellent preparation for the startup weekend.
How do I protect against people stealing my idea?
  • The short answer is that you can’t. If you’re very concerned, you can limit your pitch to the rough outline of the idea without giving away key information.The longer answer is that this is not something worth worrying about. Unless you are confident your idea is a ‘key-in-hand’, easy-to-implement innovation that hasn’t been thought of yet, the advantages gained from getting broad-based feedback and a strong team motivated by collective ownership far outweigh the remote risks of someone stealing and executing on your idea. The truth is that over 90% of ideas pitched at any given Techstars Startup Weekend have already been pitched - probably many times - in the past. This doesn’t imply that the idea isn’t a good one, but rather that what truly matters is how well you and your team execute the idea. “One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion”.
This pitch training is a pre-event of Startup Weekend Zurich in November at the location Chainwork AG: http://bit.do/SWZurich-Nov19

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6:15 pm
Doors open & networking

6:30 pm
Pitch Training
Pitch Training starts

8:30 pm
Apero & Networking
Enjoy a drink and get to know everybody, maybe pitch again?

9:30 pm
Make those last-minute connections before you leave


Kira Leuthold
Communications Expert

Kira has 10+ years of experience in the communications industry at the interface to innovation, including assignments for a high scale tech startup in Switzerland, a digitization think tank in Silicon Valley and the Swiss Embassy in Australia. Kira holds a Master's degree in Communications.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Zurich is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Lidia
  • Clelia
  • Emma
  • Sabrina
  • Erik
  • Santhiago
  • Tugi
  • Thomas
  • Dominique

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