Pitch Practice Oct 17 2014

I always say after each weekly session of Pitch Practice, “you never know what you’re gonna get,” and this week was no exception.  I was planning on a regular post-startupchowdown session in the conference room on the 1st floor at the Village, when I got an email from Emily Englesdorfer, Village Community Assistant, letting me know that I should expect a couple of dozen guests at Pitch Practice.  And so we did!  The General Assembly Web Development Immersive (WDI) class and a group of MBA students from the UGA Terry College of Business joined us in the main event facility for a great big session of pitch practice.


I started the session with a review of what pitch practice is, why we do it, and how we help entrepreneurs learn to deliver their value proposition better.  I’ve created a simple video of the same. (Scroll to the bottom of this post for that video)  Then we launched into the pitches for the day.


  • We get around Atlanta – Dan Smigrod, who pitched his way into the hearts, minds, and real estate listings of 600+ people at the latest Startup Village event, practiced his 30-second pitch that he is delivering today for a pitch contest.  His only goal is to get the votes of the attendees so that he could be picked for the final 1-hour pitch contest.
  • Parkent Cycles – Thad Oviatt’s startup gives a secure hug to your bicycle in an effort to stop the $300M annual bike theft industry.
  • BluePods – Takes all the best features of event planning, group meeting, and group messaging into a new service that does it all, and incentivizes the users to respond quickly so the group can move forward.  No more “reply-all” emails to the entire soccer team when someone asks what field their daughter’s game is on!


This session was fantastic because we got input from folks who were learning to code to build great companies and folks who were learning business, so they can lead great companies.  Thanks to the Village for bringing so many new faces to Pitch Practice.



Note: there will be no Pitch Practice the next two Fridays (Oct 24 & Oct 31), but we’ll be back on Nov 7.  Meantime, #practiceyourpitch!


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