Andalucia Emprende

La Red Territorial de Apoyo a Emprendedores es un instrumento de la Junta de Andalucía puesto al servicio de las personas emprendedoras y empresas de la Comunidad. Gestionada por Andalucía Emprende, esta red cuenta en la actualidad con más de 200 Centros de Apoyo al Desarrollo Empresarial, distribuidos en 37 zonas CADE, desde donde un cualificado equipo técnico de especialistas en las distintas materias empresariales, presta servicios de apoyo a la creación y consolidación de empresas y empleo, dando cobertura al 100% de los municipios andaluces.
Además, estos especialistas prestan servicios destinados a identificar los sectores emergentes de cada territorio, articular los tejidos productivos locales y fomentar la cultura emprendedora en la sociedad, mediante el desarrollo de acciones de dinamización.
www.andaluciaemprende.es

La Caixa
La Caixa is one of the largest banks in Spain and Europe, and it’s the one that most involved in new technologies, startups and venture capital investment.
www.lacaixa.es

MV&A

MV & A is one of the 15 largest law firms in Spain in account control and bussines law. MV & A manages the interests of some of the most important companies in Andalusia.
www.mv-asociados.es

Serendipia
Serendipia is a new coworking space in Cordoba. It offers services and work-space for more than 50 companies. Serendipia is expected to shelter the most innovative startups in Andalusia in its early stages.

coworking-cordoba.es

Universidad Loyola

Pasión por conocer, compromiso por transformar, exelencia, vocación de servicio, universialidad y apertura
uloyola.es

Indra

Indra es la multinacional de Consultoría y Tecnología líder en España y Latinoamérica. Ofrece soluciones y servicios tecnológicos para los sectores de Transporte y Tráfico, Energía e Industria, Administración Pública y Sanidad, Servicios Financieros, Seguridad y Defensa y Telecom y Media.
indracompany.com

Why You Should Never Pay to Pitch, by Sajad Ghanizada

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-09-23

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

In this post from his blog, Sajad Ghanizada shares critical advice for new entrepreneurs: Don't pay to pitch. Ever. He says, "One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received from a mentor within my network was, 'If you can’t get accepted to pitch at a free event…there is probably a legitimate reason that reputable venues have passed you by and it isn’t because you haven’t slipped them enough cash".

Below, Don’t Pay To Pitch. Ever. has been republished;


"As a first time entrepreneur, I find myself making mistakes all the time and seeking advice often (but not enough).

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received from a mentor within my network was, “If you can’t get accepted to pitch at a free event…there is probably a legitimate reason that reputable venues have passed you by and it isn’t because you haven’t slipped them enough cash.”

He’s right on the mark. I get invited to pitch events maybe once a month throughout the east coast, most of them cost a moderate $50-75 which I assume is to cover costs.

But once in a while, I receive an email for an event that seems more like a Nigerian 419 scam than a selective pitch event. Angel Venture Forum in the Mid-Atlantic region stands out as the most costly of the pay-to-pitch schemes. Apply and if you’re selected to present, for a cool $1,500 you can pitch 30 angel investors from 24 groups. No guarantee that they’re actively looking to invest.

You should easily be able to find a warm introduction to any of these 30 investors outside of AVF. If you can’t find an introduction, can’t get a meeting or an investment, don’t think that throwing away $1,500 is going to change any of that.

I don’t know of any events like this on the west coast but I would love to hear from you if you’ve had any success at a pay to pitch event.

For those who’ve shelled out the money and received nothing, I can be a shoulder to cry on. Reach out to me."


Sajad is a graduate of the Washington DC Founder Institute and the Founder of EventStir, a crowdfunding platform for events. To hear more from Sajad, follow him on twitter @TheRealSajad.

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