Product, team, customers and funding, the essential elements of a startup. But one more essential piece is missing: the Pitch.
The Pitch is arguably the most important non-business piece of your startup. From your elevator pitch, to your public pitch, to your investor pitch, the more successful you are, the more integral these will become to your business and your life. Because of its importance, you should take every opportunity you can to practice your pitch, especially in the early stages.
That’s why we’re inviting early-stage companies to IBM SmartCamp to get a bit of pitching mentorship and practice, then compete for an invite to the biggest startup festival in the world, LAUNCH Festival. where ten finalists will be in the running for a $25 thousand investment from well-known investor Jason Calacanis and a spot in his LAUNCH incubator program.
A few cities have approaching deadlines for applications. If you’re in Seattle, Wilmington, Seoul, Mexico City, Tokyo, Dubai, Taipei, Bangkok and more, move quickly to click here to request an application so we can see you on stage.
And to give you a briefing on what is happening in other cities, we want to take a moment to congratulate SolarChange who is creating a global network of services and applications meant to improve and increase the use of solar energy worldwide and StepInside, a teleportation platform that enables live 3D video streaming of real people into virtual and mixed reality. These two talented teams will be in the running for a chance to move on to the next stage of the SmartCamp competition.
And with that, here are two more benefits of why pitch practice is great for your startup:
We look forward to seeing you on stage at IBM SmartCamp