Reviewing my experience at London’s SeedCamp and BizSpark, two leading events aimed at getting young companies mentorship and investment, it is glaringly obvious that start-ups don’t execute pitches as well as they could. In the business world, if you don’t successfully persuade an audience of your value, it’s worse than not having presented at all. Why am I so sure that start-ups need careful preparation to prevent dangerous mistakes in performance?
With all the interest in the new MSG series of podcasts with VCs and industry-watchers, the timing is perfect to promote the Mobile Peer Awards, a must-attend event on February 16 in Barcelona (during Mobile World Congress) that brings together 20 early-stage and emerging startups. The finalists, chosen from 100+ companies nominated by each chapter of MobileMonday (a staggering 67 chapters entered their favorite local startups this time around), have the opportunity to present their elevator pitch to a panel of judges from companies including AdMob, Amdocs Venture Investments, Balderton Capital, France Telecom/Orange Group, Telefónica R&D, and Yahoo.
I’m also proud to announce that I have been asked to judge the awards, and greatly look forward to connecting with the candidate companies.