Louis Sayers is the winner of last year’s betapitch | Vienna. He was able to pitch his startup idea at betapitch | global in Berlin as well. Louis’ startup drystorm is all about “creating your next Rails app in just 90 seconds”.
Before this year’s edition of betapitch kicks off in Vienna we asked him about his experience and how he liked to be part of the event.
How did you prepare for your pitch in Vienna and Berlin last year?
I pitched, pitched some more, and then pitched again. I think the more you pitch, the more your learn about how other people see your product, the types of concerns they have etc – so pitching to many different groups of people is highly recommended!
What was the most useful feedback you got from a jury member?
The best feedback you get is when you talk to the jury following the pitch. If you ask for honest feedback, they’ll most likely give it to you. One of the best pieces of feedback I’ve gotten was that the pitch is not just about education, but about selling. If you have jury members that are investors, then they’re going to want to see and hear things that investors care about – comparables in the market, global trends etc. Always make sure you are selling, not just educating, and that your sales pitch is tailored to the right people.
If you could pitch there again what would you do different?
I would try to get more traction on the business side of things. If you can say you’ve just signed up three large clients in the past two weeks, then that’s going to show a lot of value, and that you’re working on a business – not just a hobby.
How did betapitch help you?
Betapitch helped to give me confidence in my ability to pitch investors, to know that I’m not a crazy person (or at least not the only one!). The judges have impressive backgrounds and are great contacts to have, and when you surround yourself with these types of people, numerous opportunities open up to you.
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Read more about Pikkpack and how it was for them to pitch at betapitch | Vienna last year.
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