Nailing the Investor Pitch: A Workshop for Startup Founders


Of the many crunch points in the life of a successful startup, perhaps nothing looms larger than the investor pitch. As angel and VC financing is vital for many startups to achieve their objectives, being able to communicate a compelling vision of the company to potential investors is a critical skill for founders.

This webinar workshop will feature a panel of accomplished pitch consultants and early-stage investors, all of them 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 - 12:00 - Virtual Networking
12:00 - 1:00 - Panel Discussion
1:00 - 1:30 - Virtual Networking


Paul Ellis, Managing Partner, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC

As Managing Partner of the 9-lawyer Paul Ellis Law Group, Paul counsels on issues including formation, early-stage financing (friends and family, angel and VC), joint venture and strategic partnering relationships, employment, equity plans, mergers and acquisitions, and, together with his colleagues, protection and licensing of intellectual property. Beyond the internet/mobile/IT industries, he has practiced in industries including telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, real estate, consumer products, and entertainment. He has represented companies ranging from startups to multinationals, as well as funds and individual and institutional investors.


Will Carlin, CEO & Founder, Speakable 

Will Carlin is the founder and CEO of Speakable, a company that specializes in helping executives and organizations with high-stakes presentations. The former Managing Partner at three different marketing/advertising agencies, Will has coached 55 out of 55 clients to winning or achieving their goals, often against extreme odds. He has coached NYU Wagner to two national titles and three second place finishes in five years at a national graduate school presentation competition; he has coached a start-up to win a national venture capital competition with a $500k first prize (over almost 300 competitors); and he has helped an organization go from fourth place prior to oral presentations to winning a $450 million pitch to the City of New York over Accenture, Oracle and IBM. Will was the two-time US number one player and National Champion in squash and is a world-renowned emcee for four major professional squash titles. He attended Yale as an undergrad, Harvard for post-bac pre-med studies and Columbia Business School where he earned an MBA.

Julie Lerner, Angel Investor, 37 Angels

Julie Lerner is an angel investor and the Founder of The Failure Report, a blog dedicated to helping early-stage startups avoid potential pitfalls with advice from successful entrepreneurs and investors.  She is also on the Board of The Lower Eastside Girls Club. The state-of-the-art club and community center offers programs in the arts, sciences, leadership, entrepreneurship, and wellness for girls in middle and high school to break the cycle of poverty by training the next generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders. Julie is an avid traveler and has been to all 50 states, all 7 continents and 80 countries.  She has been a member of 37 Angels since the spring of 2016. 

Marie Perruchet, Author & Coach, One Perfect Pitch

Marie is the author of "One Perfect Pitch, how to sell your idea, your product, your business or yourself" published at McGraw-Hill. Born in South Korea, she grew up in Normandy. Fascinated by the adventures found in her reading fairy tales, she embraced early on a career in journalism to go on her own adventures. She started working in Brussels, for Radio France and then travelled to New Delhi and Shanghai, for major news publications (RFI, BBC World Service) as a Foreign Correspondent. After the Beijing games in 2008, she moved to Silicon Valley and helped startup CEOs mine their stories. She coached founders and business executives, to pitch and raise +50M dollars in funding with Silicon Valley investors.



  • February 10, 2022 at 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Virtual
  • 4 people are going
  • Kallie Aultman

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