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2021 GW New Venture Competition Workshop: How to Pitch to an Investor

March 8, 2021 @ 14:00 - 15:30 CST

This interactive virtual workshop will help you create a concise yet compelling and interesting story about your startup venture!

Pitching your business idea can be tough. Whether one is trying to win a business model competition or persuade prospective funder to support a venture, it’s crucial to articulate a concise yet compelling and interesting story about your venture: the “pitch deck.”

As part of the 2021 GW New Venture Competition, our experts at the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship will cover the elements of a good pitch deck that can help you get you to the next round of the competition, but also help you win that next investment or project sponsor. Learn the Five Big Things about your strategy that must be covered as well as the key elements of a good deck. We’ll also cover the best practices for how you can nail your presentation!

About the Speaker:

Bob Smith
, Director, I-Corps at GW

Bob is the Director of I-Corps at GW, where he manages the strategic direction of GW’s I-Corps and Global Lean Startup programs. Prior to joining GW, he was director of Virginia’s Innovation Commercialization program (ICAP). There he worked with universities, accelerators and local startup ecosystems throughout the commonwealth, assisting in their new venture development initiatives by providing instruction and counseling programs based on the Lean Startup method of business model development. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s I-Corp program’s DC node. He’s also a Mentor-in-Residence at George Washington University.

Bob has 30+ years of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is currently the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in business development, marketing and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. He also launched one of the nation’s first accelerators. As an executive, angel investor and advisor he has helped companies in e-
commerce, e-government, identity management, publishing, geospatial analytics, data science and media move from ideas to favorable exits.

He received a BA from USC and an MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

Please note that this is an online event. A Zoom link for the event will be sent to all registrants a few days prior to the session.