The One Line Pitch
Entrepreneurs are always refining their one line pitch. Here at the Wayne Brown Institute, we feel that this pitch goes both ways. Our pitch is a straightforward proposition:
Apply to our program and we will do everything we possibly can to help you succeed.
Of course, we can’t begin to describe all the benefits our program with just one line.
The Full Story
The first step of the Wayne Brown Institute’s Venture Funding Program starts with you, your startup, and your ambition. All it takes for you to merge onto the Wayne Brown Institute’s accelerator highway is a simple application. In this application, we ask some very simple and some not so simple questions. Of course, we love knowing about who you are, where your come from, and how we can get in to touch with you. But really, what we at the Institute really want to know is how you are going to change the world. This all begins by filling out our application.
After you submit your Venture Funding Program application and Gust business plan to the Wayne Brown Institute, our team of investor liaisons get to work evaluating your deal. This team not only critiques your submission, but more importantly they discuss what aspects of your deal need to be clarified to better attract investors. Don’t get us wrong, one of the best parts of being one of the Wayne Brown Institute’s investor liaisons is recognizing the potentials of a startup. Irregardless, our team will try the best they can to sink your startups metaphorical battleship. That being said, we promise that it’s is all in good faith. After all, it is better for you to have us poke holes in your deal, than an investor do the same during a pitch.
At the conclusion of your deal evaluation, one of our Investor Liaisons will contact your company to clarify any issues that arose during the deal evaluation meeting. These conversations are not merely to inform you of our concerns, but they also serve to give each entrepreneur the chance to shed some additional light on anything that they feel our team misunderstood. Believe us, we love it when an entrepreneur proves us wrong and we can see a vision. Really, that’s why we do it. After these conversations, all the information gathered about your startup is compiled and submitted to a feedback panel.
The feedback panel’s job is very straightforward. They use our new wealth of knowledge about your company to determine what your venture’s next step should be. For companies which may not be quite ready for that investor pitch, our panel will research the options and strategies which will get your venture to that point as soon as possible. For companies who may not quite be our accelerators bread and butter, our panel will get you in touch with individuals that are head over heals for your style of business. And for those companies which our selection panel feels are ready for that big investor pitch, we take the liberty to set one up.
Now, don’t think for a second that at this point we would just throw you and your venture to the sharks. That’s not our style. Remember, we really want you to succeed. Instead, we make sure your are fully prepared for your date with those individuals who hold the keys to your future. How do we do this? We call on our expansive network of mentors who make sure that your deal looks like a Saturn rocket waiting for fuel. These mentors are industry professionals who have built companies, seen hundreds of pitches, done deals, and most importantly been in your shoes. They not only understand you, but they understand the investors on the other side of the table. They are not ones who are going to let a venture fail.
Finally, after several weeks of mentoring it’s time for you to grab a loudspeaker and start telling the world that you’ve arrived. Don’t worry, we will provide that too. The first type of investor pitch the Wayne Brown Institute provides is our Deal Forum. Here at the Institute, we hold one to two Deal Forums per month. These forums serve three purposes: 1. They give ventures a place to be heard by a panel of established institutional and angel investors 2. They give ventures an initially chance to gain funding 3. They provide an entrepreneur with something that is very hard to come by: advice from a panel of established investors on how to improve their pitch.
Now, that’s not the only method that we at the Institute use to help our ventures gain funding. For those companies who our selection panel deems ready to attract serious investment, the Wayne Brown Institute provides them with an opportunity of a lifetime. This opportunity is the chance to pitch their deal to a whole crowd full of investors, who have come hungry to believe in a vision. This opportunity is otherwise known as the Investors Choice Capital Conference; welcome to the major league. This conference is your venture’s time to shine. Not to mention, over three fourths of the companies who present at the Investors Choice conference raise their capital requests. Since 2009, this has amounted to 326 million dollars of investment.
By applying to the Venture Funding Program, you agree to the terms of the Venture Funding Program disclaimer.