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Demystifying Pitch Best Practices with Manan Mehta

June 14 @ 14:00 - 15:00 CDT

Join us for an exclusive session with Founding Partner at Unshackled Ventures, Manan Mehta to learn how to pitch like a pro.

In today’s digital era, the ability to pitch effectively both in-person and on camera is crucial for startup growth and success. Whether you’re meeting face-to-face or over Zoom, a compelling pitch can make all the difference.

The Nasdaq Center is thrilled to be joined by Manan Mehta, Founding Partner at Unshackled Ventures and Board Member at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, to share insight on how to deliver an impactful pitch in any setting. Manan will provide tips, strategies, and best practices for engaging your audience, conveying your message effectively, and adapting your pitch for different formats.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to craft a pitch that is compelling and captures the attention of investors, accelerators, and potential partners.
  • Understand the essential components of a winning pitch.
  • Discover techniques for delivering an engaging pitch both in-person and online.

This event is part of a special series meant to help your application to the KPMG Global Tech Innovator Competition. Learn more about the US program here!

Manan Mehta

Founding Partner, Unshackled Ventures

Born and raised in Silicon Valley to immigrant parents, Manan could always be found playing some sport, often a team sport. However, despite significant success as a kid, something poignant happened when he tried out for the UCLA baseball team. He overheard a coach crack a joke: “Where’s this guy’s flat stick?” The coach was referring to a cricket bat — and Manan realized how pattern biases and expectations would limit him in baseball.

Undeterred by the setback, Manan took his competitive energy to dance and led a collegiate dance team to a national title. After graduating with two degrees, a B.S. in Material Science and a B.A. in Economics, Manan spent three years as an investment banking analyst at the Royal Bank of Canada, followed by three years leading marketing for education software company Kno until it was acquired in 2013. After leaving Kno, Manan launched his first company only to learn that his co-founder’s H1-B visa would prevent him from going full-time on their company. This time, when they asked investors to invest and help sponsor the visa, the joke was, “Won’t the best find a way?” This reminded Manan of the same pattern bias he had heard 12 years prior — And Unshackled was born.

Teaming up with his former colleague at Kno, Nitin Pachisia, Manan and Nitin launched Unshackled in 2014. The purpose was simple — to empower immigrants to start companies in the U.S. by focusing on deploying “friends and family” capital in those who go unrecognized and excluded because of something out of their control—no visa, no capital, no network. In the decade since its launch, Unshackled has raised three funds, invested in nearly 100 companies, created over 1,000 jobs, and helped teams raise over $850M. Through his work, Manan was invited to speak at the U.S. Department of Treasury Freedman’s Bank Forum and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and has been featured in several national outlets.

He is a husband to a nurse, a father to two kids, an enthusiastic dancer, a practitioner of meditation and mindfulness, an avid golfer, and always seeking ways to grow. These attributes uniquely serve Manan, allowing him to build deeper human connections with various personalities and giving him great energy.

If Manan’s life experiences have taught him anything, betting against pattern biases and expectations is where the outliers lie, and immigrants are our national advantage

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is a 501c(3) public charity whose mission it is to make entrepreneurship accessible to all. We deliver world-class resources and mentoring to enable every entrepreneur across the globe to realize their maximum potential. Please join us and make your gift to ensure these transformative programs may continue to reach the underserved.

All Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least 48 hours in advance of this event; please send an email to [email protected] with the subject header ACCOMMODATION REQUEST. For assistance with registration or other technical difficulties, please contact [email protected]


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