The Top 10 Mobile Startups in Hong Kong that Showcased at Startup Saturday: Mobilliance 2013

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We did things differently at Startup Saturday: Mobilliance 2013 – we handpicked the mobile startups that are from Hong Kong with a criteria instead of just putting anyone on the stage – the criteria was simple though, the startup had to have been funded, have great traction, launched within the past 12 months or showcase something truly amazing about Hong Kong – and I think we picked an amazing group and all their showcases (not pitches) were awesome.

So here is the rundown of the Top 10 startups that we featured on stage live on October 12, 2013 – we’re looking forward to seeing where they are this time in 2014 as well as to the dozens more that were inspired to launch that day.

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Life’s a Pitch – The Complete Guide to Creating an Effective Executive Summary Pt 1

The Complete Guide to Creating an Effective Executive Summary Pt 1

I am frequently asked by entrepreneurs intending to pitch Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists ‘how important is an Executive Summary’ and ‘how do I create an Executive Summary’.  So in this post and the next one, I am going to cover just about everything you need to know about an Executive Summary. I’ll give detailed guidance on how to create one, including advice on form and content. The Executive Summary approach outlined in this post is one favored by most investors and is the very same one I have used to raise millions of dollars.

The Purpose of an Executive Summary

An Executive Summary is, in many respects, the most important document you will create before embarking on the fund raising journey. Even if you have a great elevator pitch, most investors will ask to see your Executive Summary before meeting you. It is your door opener.

A concise, two page Executive Summary should provide investors with the bare minimum of information they need to understand the nature of the investment opportunity you are presenting them with. It is the first impression an investor will get of you and your business. Get it wrong and it will be the last impression.

This is a good reference to creating a short form business plan. The second part has already been posted: http://martinsoorjoo.typepad.com/lifes_a_pitch/2010/05/the-complete-guide-to-…

First Pitch Practice – Pitch Masters HK

First Pitch Practice

Announcing the first ever pitch practice session for Pitch Masters Hong Kong. 

The meeting will be on next Wednesday, the 13th of January, 8-9:30pm at the Lan Kwai Fong Beer Bar (formerly California). 

The intent of this meetup is to try out the format of the practice sessions, which are intended to provide a friendly environment for rapid iterative practice of pitching to someone.

For those coming to this meeting, it doesn’t matter if you are an entrepreneur, investor, or just interested in trying this out, everyone must have a pitch presentation ready of some sort, no spectators.

I’ll put together some more posts that help to shape up what an elevator pitch and the short pitch could be. The topics are up to you, but typically should be related to selling someone (an investor, a client, etc.) on the concept of a business, product, or service.

We will be following this up with additional practice sessions and will be putting together a related meeting to bring in local investors for taking the skills learned in practice sessions into practical application. 

See the post for more details about the format and comment there to RSVP. I’ll be posting up links and related info in that blog (more focused towards pitching and investing).