How to pitch to a VC fund: Eight things startups should consider when pitching to a VC: How to get VC funding

Christina Mercer-Myers
Christina Mercer-Myers

Christina Mercer-Myers

Christina is Audience Development Editor for IDGC US & UK. After graduating from the University of Nottingham reading philosophy and theology in 2013, Christina joined a tech startup specialising in mobile apps. She has a keen interest in the mobile platform, innovative tech and the power of analytics.

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When we think of a pitch, we think of slick presentations, mounts of stats and a peppering of sales speak. But for Techstars partner Ari Newman and Presence Capital founder Phil Chen, VC pitches should be authentic, well researched and short.

“I don’t really have a systematic way of going about discovering entrepreneurs,” Phil Chen tells Techworld.

“There is no machine learning looking at the pitches, at the end of the day you’re talking to a human being,” he adds.

Speaking to Techworld at Web Summit in Lisbon, Ari Newman and Phil Chen offered practical tips on how to approach Venture Capitalist firms.

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