Nailing the Investor Pitch: A Workshop for Startup Founders


Attendees will have an opportunity to develop their abilities to communicate a compelling vision of their companies to potential investors. This virtual workshop will feature a panel of accomplished pitch consultants, expert in helping founders succeed when the stakes are at their highest. Together, the panel will address the essentials of investor pitching, including the following:

  • Elements of a successful investor pitch
  • Techniques for preparing and getting comfortable with pitching
  • Understanding what investors are looking for and how to address their concerns
The event will include breakout sessions with the panelists to provide a more hands-on opportunity for skills development.
It will be a valuable opportunity whether you are currently pitching to angels or VC investors or are looking to do so in the future.


11:30 am - Virtual Networking
11:50 am - Welcome & Program Introduction
12:00 pm - Panel Presentation
12:10 pm - Workshop 1
12:30 pm - Workshop 2
12:50 pm - Wrap Up followed by Virtual Networking 


Moderator - Paul Ellis, Managing Partner, Ellis Law Group LLC

As Managing Partner of the 10-person Ellis Law Group, Paul Ellis represents companies at all stages of their life cycles, as well as funds and angel investors. Clients choose Paul to negotiate complex business matters and provide sophisticated, strategic legal advice for establishing, financing, operating and exiting highly successful, and often rapidly-growing, companies. His experience spans multiple industries including software/SaaS, AI, fintech, blockchain/crypto, digital media, e-commerce and healthcare. Ellis Law Group has been ranked by Chambers among the top 15 small and medium-sized firms in NY for corporate law. Paul is a board member of NY Tech Alliance and organizes its events on legal issues for tech companies.


Melanie Platt, Pitch Coach, Pitch Hackerz

Melanie's expertise has enabled $750M in successful fundraises for VC funds & startups. While working in VC, Melanie witnessed the frequent struggles founders and fund managers faced in effectively positioning themselves for fundraising. Despite having strong investment potential, their messaging, materials, and processes often fell short in resonating with investors.
Melanie began consulting to help bridge these gaps in investor readiness. Drawing from both operator and investor perspectives, she provides end-to-end fundraising advisory & strategy services for startups and VC firms to refine their foundational business elements, craft compelling investor narratives, and implement structured fundraising playbooks.


Ami Jin, Pitch Coach 

Amy holds a B.A. in Psychology and Legal Studies from UC Berkeley. Starting her career at OpenTable, she swiftly excelled and played a pivotal role in its growth toward a successful 2009 IPO. She co-founded MEI New York, a fashion startup featured in top publications like Women's Wear Daily and picked up by Gilt and Shopbop. Recruited by Google, she spent six years spearheading groundbreaking projects, including Google Offers and the expansion of Google Pay into EMEA. Currently, Amy is a revered leadership coach and speaker, focusing on building high-performing, emotionally intelligent teams.
An advocate for women, immigrants, and BIPOC communities, she integrates her mindfulness practice into her professional ethos. Amy is also a certified yoga instructor, a croissant enthusiast, and has traveled to 47 countries. Her mantra, "serve from essence," underscores her life's mission to promote liberation and empowerment.



  • May 29, 2024 at 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Virtual Event Via Zoom