This dedicated pitching session will bring together 20 regional start-ups companies that are looking for a first investment ticket (pre-seed stage) compared to the sessions scheduled on December 5 and 6 that are focused on more mature companies looking for follow-up funding.
Start-ups will be hand-picked by the organizers (hence no personal application is needed). Companies need to be in the pre-seed stage of their establishment (first capital round) yet need to be at least at the pilot or MVP-stage. During the event, start-ups are required to display and showcase their solution to the public during the coffee breaks, lunch break and networking event.
The aim of the session is to be as much a learning journey as a first contact with investors and the general public to showcase innovations. Participation therefor also includes support and training on how to pitch and what to expect when talking to investors.
9:30 – 10:00 – Registration and demo space visit
To prepare the pitching pre-seed start-ups as much as possible, two events will be organized prior to the start of the Pre-Seed Session:
In this afternoon workshop (12h30-18h00 at Health House, Leuven), five investors with different profiles will explain what they are specifically looking for when they sit down with start-ups. To conclude the first part of the workshop, Crowell will provide insight into “How to raise venture capital in the US market – pitfalls and best practices”. After a short coffee break, a Q&A-sessions is organized in a speed-dating format, allowing each start-up to talk to different investors for more in-depth feedback and insights.
In this second workshop (12h30-18h00 at Health House, Leuven), participants will receive hands-on training from pitching experts in how to construct a professional pitch, how to adapt it to the needs and expectations of the investors and will be given the opportunity to practise and refine their pitch skills before an audience of peers.