The typical pitch competitions at startup conferences end with a similar image: Startups receiving an oversized check, shaking hands, taking pictures. While some say “cash is king”, we believe in more sustainable prizes, especially for early stage startups.
So instead of giving out a cash prize this year to the winning startup of the “Walk the Plank” pitch competition, we figured that the biggest value we can add lies within our existing connections and network. That’s why we decided that we will take the winning team of this year’s “Walk the Plank” pitch competition on a fully-paid 3 day trip to the European startup capitals Berlin and London. And best of all we’ll pre-arrange 1-on-1 meetings with the best investors in town.
So basically, this will be your personalized Pirates on a Plane VC tour. ARRR!
We’ve already confirmed availability with our friends at:
Berlin: Angel.co/500 Startups, BlueYard, Capnamic Ventures, Cavalry Ventures, Earlybird, e.ventures, hub:raum, Lakestar, Paua Ventures, Point Nine Capital, Redstone and Sunstone
London: Accel, Atomico, Balderton, Connect, DN Capital, Hoxton, Index, Mosaic, ProFounders and Spring Partners
Point Nine Capital will even run a dedicated workshop for you (e.g. a pitch deck polishing session or an in-depth SaaS session – depending on the needs of the winning startup).
Travel, Accommodation, pre-arranged meetings – everything will be taken care of and you – the winning startup – just needs to deliver your pitch.
Here are the details of the prize:
Date: October/November 2016, to be discussed with the winning startup & the VCs
Where: Berlin & London
Who: The winning startup of the “Walk the Plank” pitch competition, 2 persons (limited to the founders)
If you think your startup would be a perfect fit for this trip and you dare to Walk The Plank at Pirate Summit 2016, feel free to apply (open until July 31st, 11:59pm CET).