El Referente
El Referente es el primer diario de emprendedores que busca impulsar y difundir las iniciativas más innovadoras de España de proyectos de base tecnológica, sociales.Entre las 370 compañías que forman parte de la Comunidad destacan CartoDB, Jobandtalent, Traity, Socialcar, Ticketbis o The App Date.

EIE
El Instituto Europeo para el Emprendimiento (EIE) es una organización pionera creada por un grupo de emprendedores para emprendedores. Se otorga especial protagonismo a las personas, y no exclusivamente los proyectos, en nuestra misión de fomento del emprendimiento. El objetivo principal de nuestros programas, siendo los mentores un pilar fundamental de los mismos, es fortalecer los diferentes puntos débiles que puede tener el emprendedor a la hora de acometer sus proyectos.

Emprendedores
La revista y portal líder en Gestión y Creación de Empresas.

TodoStartups
Portal de referencia para emprendedores tanto en España, como en Latinoamérica. En él se recoge toda la información de actualidad sobre startups, financiación, inversiones y nuevas tecnologías, un punto de encuentro para emprendedores en busca de inspiración para lanzar su propio proyecto.

EFE empresas
EFE -la primera agencia de noticias en Castellano y la cuarta del mundo-, así como herramientas que te pueden servir para desarrollar tu proyecto empresarial y entrevistas a protagonistas en este ecosistema que han logrado poner en marcha su idea emprendedora.

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.

Like this article?

Subscribe to our NewsletterAttend a Free Event

Why You Should Never Pay to Pitch, by Sajad Ghanizada

* indicates required
X

Feedback Form

We welcome your feedback to improve the Institute. Please contact us using the form below, and we will get back to you promptly.
Your Email Address:
Message to the Institute:
What is ? (enter the answer below):
Close Window