American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association (ATEA), Silicon Valley has planned a Startup Pitch Fest in March 2018. Finalists of this Pitch Fest have an opportunity to present their startups in GTEN Spring 2018 Conference in May 2018.

If you are an early stage startup founder (without or minimal external capital), this is a great opportunity to present your business plan to the ATEA event audience / mentors / potential investors, and hone your presentation skills! You will get visibility to your startup.

About Startup Pitch Fest

Start Pitch Fest is a competition for innovative, early stage startups in information technology and other sectors.

ATEA team will screen and select 10 to 15 startups from a number of applications received from founders. The founders will receive basic assistance and mentoring to prepare and present their pitches. Finalists will pitch their startup business plans in front of a judging panel put together by ATEA SV.

Five finalists from this Startup Pitch Fest will have an opportunity to present in GTEN Spring 2018 Conference startup pitching session.

Startup Pitch Fest Process

Founders of 10 to 15 early stage startups will provide rapid-fire pitches (4 minutes pitch + 2 minutes Q & A) on their ideas, current stage, team, business model and market potential.

A team of judges will rank them on various parameters and top five startups will be selected as winners. The winners can get a range of benefits, starting with mentorship, prizes, introductions to potential investors and target customers, and launching assistance.

Startup Pitch Fest Applications can now be submitted by founders and early stage start-ups using the following link on F6S website: https://www.f6s.com/ateasv-startup-pitchfest2018/apply

Submission of applications will be closed by end-February 2018 to provide time for our screening panel to evaluate and select the eligible presenters, and interact with / prepare them for the pitching program.

This pitchfest is meant for early stage startups without or minimal external funding.

At least one one of the founders should be from the Tamil community, even if not a member of a ATEA – though we would like them to be ATEA members!

Important Instructions

Fill in as much information as required for all questions on the application.

The slide deck should be crisp and to the point. Include 10 to 12 slides only. Avoid too much text on the slides. Use pictures, charts, tables, etc. Please note that you should be present the deck in 4 minutes! Script and practice multiple times!!

Slides should address the following aspects, from a potential mentor / investor perspective:

* Problem

* Solution

* Market / Opportunity

* Competition

* Business Model

* Financial Model

* Traction / Current Status

* Team

* Ask (i.e. what you are looking for)

Slide Deck Preparation

Here are some examples / notes on preparing slide decks (pointers to third party websites):

https://slidebean.com/blog/startups/pitch-deck-examples

http://articles.bplans.com/what-to-include-in-your-pitch-deck/

https://guykawasaki.com/the-only-10-slides-you-need-in-your-pitch/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chancebarnett/2014/05/09/investor-pitch-deck-to-raise-money-for-startups/#7966ed24427c

Include website link(s) and video links, if available. If you have additional information, include the same as Annexure slides.

Startup Pitch Fest is run by a dedicated group of volunteers from ATEA volunteers from the Silicon Valley and East Coast.

Startup Pitch Fest is a program of ATEA (American Tamil Entrepreneurs Association), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. ATEA or volunteers involved in the Startup Fitch Fest do not sign NDAs (non-disclosure agreements). Please share only what you can present in public!

Acceptance of startup applications and selection processes are managed by ATEA Silicon Valley. Decisions made by ATEA – SV in this regard are final.

Startup Pitch Fest Applications can now be submitted by founders and early stage start-ups using the following link on F6S website.