Online Event

Pitch Lounge: Practice Pitching Your Business Idea to Startup Experts

Get actionable, instant feedback on your startup

jun 07, 2023
01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
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To launch a great startup, it is critical to get feedback on your ideas from entrepreneurs who have been there and done that. First, you'll learn the best practices for creating a concise and compelling elevator pitch. Then, you will have the opportunity to share your pitch with other entrepreneurs, advisors, and investors at virtual tables for instant feedback. Even if you don't want to share your pitch, you can still join to hear other startup ideas and witness how the experts review a pitch.
What You'll Learn:

  • How to give a concise yet compelling elevator pitch
  • What investors are looking for in a startup pitch
  • Specific advice and feedback on your pitch and startup ideas

To get the most out of this Pitch for Feedback event:

  • Come ready for live video networking
  • Prepare by starting with your one-sentence pitch. See how it's done using our Madlibs format
  • Fill out our Elevator Pitch Worksheet

To access all of the networking features of this event, please join using Chrome or Firefox from a desktop or tablet, or download the Airmeet Mobile App.

  • Diane Bailey - Head of Accelerator Growth at Founder Institute: Diane leads the Customer Experience (CX) for all FI stakeholders. She is also the Director of FI Colorado. 

Featured Experts  

  • Aram Melkoumov - CEO and Co-Founder at Crowdinker: Aram leads a Toronto-based product and software consultancy that produces world-class design, development, and strategy for mobile, web, and other emerging technologies. He is passionate and highly knowledgeable about innovation and digital transformation and is currently mentoring with FI.
  • Chintan Oza -  Founder at  Anantam Ecosystems: Chintan is a master in technology management who enjoys encouraging and expanding teams to achieve extraordinary productivity and results. He is a Regional Director at FI and works as a mentor, investor, and advisor for various startups across the globe. 
  •  Daoud Ghannam - Founder & CEO at uMake: Daoud Ghannam is the founder and CEO of uMake. Daoud has started uMake after spending eight years in the IT sector in Palestine to create a space for changemakers and entrepreneurs who inspire, create, and grow.
  • Dustin Betz - Director Funding Lab: He is a biologist, communicator, and builder. Through the Funding Lab, a post-program for FI Alumni, his work at the Founder Institute supports actively fundraising entrepreneurs from across a global network of 6500+ portfolio companies.
  • Dr. Hanan El Basha - Co-Founder and CEO of The Global Businesswomen: Hanan is an Empowering Business Strategist supporting aspiring entrepreneurs and SME business owners to build and grow sustainable and profitable ventures through practical actions and strategies. She is the Co-Director of the Qatar chapter of FI.
  • Janne Saarikko - Mentor at Founder Institute: Janne is an entrepreneur, speaker, and strategic visionary. His passion is developing first-in-the-industry solutions that change the rules of the game. He runs FI's Food Ecosystems accelerator.
  • Martín Martinez - Entrepreneur In Residence at Founder Institute: Martin is a Texas Executive Director and an Entrepreneur in Residence at Founder Institute. He has hosted and produced numerous startup events, always on the lookout for meaningful new businesses to empower.
  • Mehkar Sheikh - Regional Manager at Venture Cup Sweden: Mehkar is an award-winning global startup leader and a community builder. Her focus is on supporting early-stage founders, connecting global startup and impact ecosystems, and empowering women and young entrepreneurs. Since 2021, she has been a Director at FI Nordics.
  • Paloma Lecheta - LatAm Director and an RSM at Founder Institute: Paloma finds great startups and helps them launch and get funded. She is also an Ambassador of the Female Founder Initiative.
  • Sameer Sortur - Founder and Chief Executive Officer at SquareCircle Global: Sameer founded SquareCircle Global, a company that offers revenue growth consulting services to startups and corporations. He supports venturing into the MEA region through Business Model Redesign, Strategic Partnerships, Joint Ventures, Investments, and Market Intervention. He is also mentoring at FI.
  • Mercedes Bankston - Program Director Sillicon Valley at Founder Institute: Mercedes has a specialty of starting new business units, re-launching failed units and new product roll outs primarily in innovative technical companies. Experience includes wearing many hats from streamlining operations, increasing sales, training teams and direct management of sales/marketing.  
  • Daniyal Ashraf - Social Media Marketing Coordinator at Founder Institute: Daniyal runs social media for the Founder Institute. He focuses on sharing the vast amount of knowledge and expertise FI holds through creative and engaging content.
  • Emiliya Strahilova - Content Marketer at Founder Institute: Emiliya has been writing about startups, e-commerce, aviation, blockchain, and cybersecurity for more than six years. She specializes in putting clever marketing campaigns into action and is overly enthusiastic about sustainability and personal growth.

Additional Resources:
Find more Startup Events, discover Pitch Deck formats, and join an InfoSession to learn more about FI's Core Program.

About Founder Institute:
The Founder Institute is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. Since 2009, our structured accelerator programs have helped over 6,500 entrepreneurs raise over $1.75BN in funding. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 95 countries, our mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology companies worldwide. 



Chintan Oza

Founder @ Anantam Ecosystems


Daoud Ghannam

Founder & CEO @ uMake

Dr. Hanan

Dr. Hanan El Basha

Founder & CEO @ The Business Doctor


Janne Saarikko

Director, Food Ecosystems Accelerator @ Founder Institute


Aram Melkoumov

CEO @ Crowdlinker


Dustin Betz

Director of Operations @ White Rose Ventures


Martín Martinez

Founding & Executive Director @ Founder Institute Texas


Paloma Lecheta

Regional Director - LatAm @ Founder Institute


Sameer Sortur

Founding Partner @ SquareCircle Ventures


Mehkar Sheikh

CEO @ Venture Cup Sweden

Platinum Partners

Local Partners


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