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Pitching for Start-Ups

Facilitated Networking, Pitch Fest, and Pro Panel session by WNT Ventures and Michael Philpott

Date and time:

Mon 16 May 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

In person

Ōtautahi Christchurch

The Canterbury Club, 129 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013

https://www.canterburyclub.co.nz/guest-information

Paid $10

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Pitching for Start-Ups

Want to see live pitches and learn from their open feedback session in real time?

Want to learn how to successfully pitch and present to raise capital from an expert panel in an open Q&A session?

Want to network with other likeminded folks on a similar journey?

We’ve got you sorted for tech week with our epic Facilitated Networking, Pitch Fest, and Pro Panel session.

Even if you aren't pitching, come along and meet some of the fantastic Christchurch start-up community. We will begin and end the evening with networking and drinks (some of which are even free!)

The event will be facilitated by Michael Philpott - Michael is an expert in public speaking, presenting, and investment pitch coaching, he’s also a master facilitator and trainer, and the former speaker coach for TEDxChristchurch. He’s helped countless start-ups and executives prepare themselves for their most important talks and presentations. Michael is also the event curator for Christchurch business networking events, LinkedIn local, LinkedIn Social and OriGin, the only business networking gin tasting event in New Zealand.

MJ is an experienced deep-tech investor and operator passionate about supporting entrepreneurs through the process of investment, commercialisation, and growth. Before her time in NZ, MJ co-founded and operated a Biotech start-up focused on the Agritech sector. Most recently, MJ worked as an Investment Manager at NZGCP, where she led Seed and Series A investments.

The third panel member is Rob Shaddock. Rob is a technology executive whose career has encompassed CTO and CEO roles in companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s and from embedded computing to consumer electronics.

He currently works as an investor, board director for startups, including New Zealand's Power by Proxi, and adviser on hardware technologies, manufacturing, strategy, and M&A to large and small companies.

Michael will kick off the event with a facilitated networking session that’s kind of like speed dating, he’ll have you up and moving as you meet a bunch of new and interesting people with purposeful questions for you to discuss. No more uncomfortable, awful networking experiences for you.

Once everyone’s comfortable and met a few fine folks we’ll launch into the Pitch Fest with our selected five-minute pitches, you will be wowed by their ideas and they will be given live real-time feedback. You get to watch and learn!!

Following the Pitch Fest the Pro-Panel will have an open discussion to provide an overview of what investors expect to see, how to sell your idea with tips and tricks to succeed, and what are the most common pitfalls when raising capital. There will be open opportunities for Q&A with the panel so come with some burning questions that you want to be answered.

If you’re a tech founder or you’re thinking about raising capital, then this event is for you, come and join us for the Networking, Pitch Fest, Pro Panel session.

You don’t want to miss this so get in quick and grab a ticket. There is a small fee for entry and the proceeds will go to the two best pitches on the evening. Minimum prize of $200 for the winner and $100 for second place.

And as an added bonus everyone who attends will go in the draw to win 12 months access to Michael Philpott’s online learning platform The Ultimate Guide to Speaking valued at $597

We look forward to seeing you there.

Please note Canterbury Club has a dress code - details of which can be found at this link

https://www.canterburyclub.co.nz/guest-information

Speakers

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Michael Philpott

NZ's No 1 Speaking Coach

Michael is an expert in the art of public speaking, presenting, and investment pitching, he helps people to win the hearts and minds of any audience on any stage. 

 

He is also a master trainer and facilitator, he has trained extensively with Dr. Rich Allen in accelerated adult brain-based learning in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and America, and trained in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) with Dr. Richard Bolstead in New Zealand. 

 

With a proven history of coaching for a global platform like TEDx, Michael coaches business and thought leaders in the design, development, and delivery of their most important talks, so they can speak with confidence, clarity, congruence, charisma, and conviction. 

 

He’s coached CEOs, celebrities, sales executives, tech giants, best-selling authors, professors, PhDs, and start-up founders to achieve outstanding results from their keynote talks, investment pitches, and formal presentations. 

 

He has coached inspirational people like best-selling author Lilia Tarawa, attract over 11 million views on YouTube, and become New Zealand’s most viewed TEDx talk and fifth most-viewed TEDx talk on the planet and he coached iconic kiwi YouTube celebrity Jordan Watson (How to Dad) to deliver his talk in style, and legendary world champion free-diver William Truebridge to craft a message that inspired his audience to dive deep with him.

 

Michael also coaches sales executives, like Stephen Pike from Williams Corporation, to sell real estate valued at over $1,000,000 from a 5-minute wealth creation seminar, and start-up founders attract over half a million dollars in funding from a 7-minute investment pitch whilst also winning the ‘Best pitch of the night’ award in front of an audience of over 900 potential investors.

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Maria Jose (MJ) Alvarez

Investment Manager

Maria Jose is an experienced deep-tech investor and operator passionate about supporting entrepreneurs through the process of investment, commercialisation, and growth. MJ is a Biotechnology Engineer and holds a Masters in Bioscience Enterprise (1st Hons).


Before her time in NZ, MJ co-founded and operated a Biotech start-up focused on the Agritech sector. Most recently, MJ worked as an Investment Manager at NZGCP, where she led Seed and Series A investments.
Maria Jose is a Top-Diverse Board Director, and an Independent Committee member and Executive Council at several organisations, such as StartUp Science, from the Chilean Ministry of Science, AgritechNZ, and the Agritech & Food Investment Committee at Return On Science. MJ is a 2021 NZ Women of Influence, part of the first NZ cohort of WILD in STEM and a mentor and founding member of various organisations focused on supporting young entrepreneurs, females in STEM, and early-stage companies.

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Rob Shaddock

Advisor - SRI International and WNT Ventures' Venture Partner

Rob Shaddock is a technology executive whose career has encompassed CTO and CEO roles in companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s and from embedded computing to consumer electronics.

He currently works as an investor, board director for startups including Power by Proxi, and adviser on hardware technologies, manufacturing, strategy, and M&A to large and small companies. 

Schedule

Michael will kick off the event with a facilitated networking session that’s kind of like speed dating, he’ll have you up and moving as you meet a bunch of new and interesting people with purposeful questions for you to discuss. No more uncomfortable, awful networking experiences for you.

Once everyone’s comfortable and met a few fine folks we’ll launch into the Pitch Fest with our selected five minute pitches, you will be wowed by their ideas and they will be given live in real time feedback. You get to watch and learn!!

The Pro-Panel will have an open discussion to provide an overview of what investors expect to see, how to sell your idea with tips and tricks to succeed, and what are the most common pitfalls when raising capital. There will be open opportunities for Q&A with the panel so come with some burning questions that you want answered.

Finish up an enjoyable evening by networking over a few drinks

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