Shark Bait! Pitching to Attract Investors 


On June 16, we invited 5 entrepreneurs pitch to investors from early-stage VCs and private equity firms, in return for hard-hitting feedback on what worked — and what didn’t. Hear advice straight from seasoned professionals on what investors want to see in a company, where to find capital for your business, and the best ways to pitch an idea.

Key insights:  

  • Expert feedback on real pitches from 5 emerging companies
  • Strategies for planning a business pitch that’s clear, memorable, and compelling
  • What VCs look for in a startup, and how to raise capital in the current economic climate
  • How to create a pitch deck for early-stage investors, compared to late-stage
  • Essential things investors want to know from a pitch — and what they don’t. 
  • The best ways to pitch your company, based on your business type or funding goal

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Frazer Anderson 

Senior Associate,

Vestigo Ventures 

  • Data scientist and investor with Vestigo Ventures, an early-stage fintech VC based in Cambridge MA.
  • Focused on marketplaces, consumer, and infrastructure.

Derren Burrell 


Veteran Ventures Capital 

  • Founder & President of Veteran Ventures Capital, LLC, an investment and consulting firm focused on scaling veteran-owned and led businesses.
  • Formerly served as Chief Operating Officer for TAG Resources, LLC, a retirement service company with over $1.5 billion in assets under management.

Paul Monaghan 


SOSV: The Accelerator VC   

  • SOSV is a global multi-stage venture fund that invests in companies through in-house accelerator programs and provides follow-on capital through the life cycle of these companies, through the Series B stage.
  • Focuses on the sectors of food innovation (everything from consumer goods to general food tech, distribution tech and Ag Tech), decentralized technologies, and smart cities.

Sam Ory

General Partner,

Ouroboros Group  

  • Private Equity professional who led two deals to closing over the past year with Ouroboros Group in both the contract manufacturing services and consumer services sectors.
  • Active in sourcing, evaluating and executing on investment opportunities, as well as developing investment theses across various sectors.

Richard Tannenbaum

Managing Director,

Ouroboros Group  

  • Investing in manufacturing, consumer, and select healthcare, the Ourobouros Group provides minority capital for growth, or buyout capital for change of control.
  • Stewarded over $200M in M&A transactions for middle-market life science companies while at Outcome Capital.

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