OPEN COACHING is the fastest way to master the investor presentation, or get help with your elevator pitch. It’s a cross between private coaching and a group workshop. It's real-world instruction, with real companies, and a veteran coach.
You can get free coaching, or come and observe and learn investor presentation secrets you won't find anywhere else.
HOW IT WORKS
In each session I coach both formal presentations with slides, and do some on-the-spot coaching of your short pitches.
For the formal coaching (with slides) each featured company gets an hour of my undivided attention, a simulation of a private coaching session.
YOU MUST BE APPROVED to be a FEATURED company. Instructions below.
The informal part I call Quick Pitch Rodeo. This is where I coach the “quick pitch” (aka elevator pitch). Are prepared when an investor comes up to you and says, “So, what does your company do?”
I’ll coach as many people as I can in the time we have—roughly ten minutes each.
You DO NOT need to be approved for the QUICK PITCH. Just register and come.
Open Coaching sessions are a real eye-opener for first-timers. Yet veteran entrepreneurs benefit just as much-- if not more--gaining new insights into their own companies and learning advanced techniques.
Venture companies from any industry (including life sciences) are welcome.
It’s FREE because it’s sponsored by the Philly office of the global law firm DLA Piper, “the best law firm you never heard of.”
Open Coaching happens in DLA’s offices on the 50th floor at One Liberty Place in Center City Philadelphia. Phenomenal view!
And we always have fresh coffee, juice, fruit, bagels, and muffins.
TO BE A FEATURED COMPANY--INSTRUCTIONS
I need to approve you first. Two reasons: 1) to reserve a time slot for you. 2) to make sure you’re at the right stage. If you’re too early, it doesn’t work. Pre-revenue is ok. If in doubt, just send me your stuff. I’ll confirm and you're good to go.
To apply to be coached, email me: c3RldmUgfCBiaXpjbGFyaXR5ICEgY29t. Tell me what date or dates you’re applying for. Attach something (slides, execsum, links, etc.) to show me where you are now with your company.
I do require that all companies being coached commit to attending the whole three hours. It multiplies the benefits to watch when other companies are in the hot seat.
Ideally, I'm coaching the CEO because investors expect the CEO to give the pitch. If you’re not the CEO but you want to be coached, explain when you email me.
I encourage you to bring anybody on your team who is directly involved in creating your pitch.
IF YOU WANT ONLY TO ATTEND AND OBSERVE
Just register and come.
All entrepreneurs are welcome, no matter what stage your company. Also all venture investors, mentors, and advisors to start-up companies are welcome. (If you’re service provider, ask me first.)
I never know exactly who's going to show up or what they'll bring to the table. There's an "anything goes" spirit to Open Coaching. Everybody, even observers, should be psychologically prepared to be put on the spot. The discussions can get pretty intense. Everybody comes away with new ideas, new friends and connections--and lots of notes. We have fun.
WHO IS STEVE BOWMAN?
They call me "Pitch Doctor." My company is BizClarity. I'm a veteran teacher, presentation coach, and expert in the art of the venture investment pitch. I have a Harvard degree, taught MBAs at Wharton and Temple, and I've directed the coaching programs for dozens of venture fairs and incubators, including DreamIt. I've coached thousands of companies over the last 20 years.
Check out my background and my writings at BizClarity.com.
If you want private coaching, email me.
I give workshops from time to time on how to pitch to investors. Not coaching, but training clases where I lay out the principles and techniques that you see applied in my coaching. I recommend you do both. Info at HowToTalkToMoney.com/workshops, on PSL listserv, and here on Eventbrite.
Who is Steve Bowman?
I'm a veteran teacher, presentation coach, writer, and expert in the art of the venture investment pitch. I hold a Harvard degree, taught in the MBA programs at Wharton and Temple, directed the coaching programs for dozens of venture fairs in the Philly area, and over the last 20 years I've coached thousands of companies and their investor presentations. More at HowToTalkToMoney.com
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