Secrets, Red Flags, Quick Cheats, and more to get successful funding from key investors.
Do you want to know what you should say to Investors when you pitch to them? How do you make best use of your one and only chance to impress? How do you make sure only those investors you want come to your syndicate meeting?
Find out the answers to these questions and bring more along to challenge our panel of Business Angels by attending this Spark Festival event being run by Brian Dorricott at muru-D.
Food (pizza) and (some) drinks provided.
- Twenty minutes of information about preparing the right pitch. Learn some of the dangers and benefits of different ways to pitch your idea. Test when it is the best time to approach Investors and how much you should ask for.
- Your chance to ask a panel of friendly Business Angels what their views are of your questions about investment (and keep anonymous).
- Network with others considering funding from Investors and, you never know, meets a few Business Angels in person.
The event agenda is:
17:30 Doors open
18:00 Introduction (Stefan Knight, muru-D)
18:05 The Perfect Pitch (Brian Dorricott)
18:25 Introduction to the panel of Business Angels - Justin Butterworth, Sandrina Postorino, Andrew Coppin
18:30 Audience Q&A
19:00 Break for networking
20:30 Doors close
About the speakers:
Justin Butterworth founded rentahome, a holiday rental marketplace, in 1999 and with $60k bootstrapped to 25,000 ecommerce bookable listings (the model Airbnb pitched to Sequoia in 2009!). In 2011, the business was sold to Stayz (Fairfax, ASX) for $29 million, and in 2013 subsequently to NASDQ listed HomeAway. In 2015, following a 16 year journey, Justin set off on year's a sabbatical travelling, studying and conferencing, and investing as an active member of the Sydney Angels and Innovation Bay with a dozen investments in marketplace or SaaS start ups across finance, property, IOT and labour.
Andrew Coppin has over 25 years’ experience in funds management and financial services. Having commenced his career at McIntosh Securities/ Merrill Lynch, Andrew established his own boutique firm Coppin and Partners in 2009 which then merged Wilson HTM Ltd in 2011, where he went on to be the Managing Director of the $14Bn ASX listed funds management group. Since leaving the firm in 2013 he has been a full time Angel and early stage Investor and Company Director. He is the founding Director of the Bardama Start-up Fund, aligned to the muruD accelerator program, and is a Founding Director of the Affirmative Investments Early Stage Venture Capital Fund. He currently has some 15 early stage investments across his various portfolios.
Brian Dorricott founded Gordano (a messaging company) in 1995 and received 271x return ($7,050K) in an MBO 9 years later (86% pa for 9 years). At the MBO Gordano had 13,200 customers, 23 staff and a T/O greater than $5,500K pa. Co-founded DeeZee (an internet security company) which was sold to Cisco Systems Inc 25 months later yielding a return of $6,812K (a 49x return 602% pa return). As Northern Business Angel Network Manager, reviewed 235 companies, presented 23 to angels and successfully got investment for 11 companies in two years. The total invested was $10,850K of which $1,610K was by local Business Angels. Today Brian is Australia's Pitch Expert.
Sandrina Postorino has over 15 years’ experience in strategy development and implementation, banking and investment management. She started her career as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and worked for a number of large Australian and international corporations, including Westpac, TABCORP, Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Group. As a Sydney Angels’ committee member, she has reviewed over 200 deals and is actively looking for great companies to invest in. She also manages Landlords Choice, a web-based start-up providing services to property investors.