THE PERFECT STAGE FOR YOUR STARTUP
THE PITCH is the leading startup competition in Israel, that gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to perfect your pitch.
Working closely with mentors from top Israeli VC’s and storytelling experts, we help you sharpen your pitch for the big day, the day when you’ll stand on the center stage at the JOURNEY conference, in front of the most influential people in the Israeli high-tech ecosystem and give them the show of your life!
4 minutes in which you’ll convince the entire high-tech ecosystem that your startup is the next big thing and that YOU ARE the right choice for the industry!
The perfect pitch can make a huge difference in your startup’s future and that’s why we’re here – to help you deliver the ideal pitch on the perfect stage, in order to take your company from obscurity to stardom.
THE JOURNEY TO THE PERFECT PITCH
THE PITCH contest stages are designed to help you sharpen your pitch and prepare you for the big day at the JOURNEY conference.
ONLY THE BEST STARTUPS WILL
MOVE ON TO THE NEXT STAGE
The screening process
After applying, your applications, presentations and executive summaries will be assessed by our special screening committee headed by EY Israel, IBM, ESOP, GIBF and Qualcomm. The committee will select 24 companies which will move on to the semi-final stage.
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Their selections will be based on the following criteria:
- Genuine innovation
- Added value
- Wide market potential
- Focus and clarity
- Entrepreneur teams
- Actual solution for the “smart world” strategy
READY. SET. GO.
START PERFECTING YOUR PITCH
At this stage, you will enjoy vast professional
assistance and guidance:
- “One on one” mentoring sessions with leading
VC’s, principals and EY experts
- Professional presentation workshops designed
and conducted by Barry Katz Ltd.
Kick off meeting and first professional workshop | June 25, 2019
meet your mentors and start working on your perfect pitch
Professional guidance meetings | Minimum 2 meetings
with leading VC’s, principals and EY experts
Second professional workshop and general rehearsal | July 22, 2019
Semi-finals | August 1, 2019
pitch in front of leading VC’s, angels and local & global investors and be chosen as one of the 8 finalists of THE PITCH competition. In addition, receive professional feedback, ask questions and form business relationships with industry leaders
TO THE TOP
ONLY 8 FINALISTS WILL CONTINUE THE JOURNEY TO BECOME THE CHOICE OF THE INDUSTRY
Professional guidance meetings
with leading VC’s, principals and EY experts
One-on-one professional guidance meetings for the 8 finalists | September 3-4, 2019
Final rehearsal and JOURNEY cocktail | September 17, 2019
THE PITCH competition finals | September 18, 2019
present your pitch on the biggest industry stage at the JOURNEY conference, and convince the entire Israeli high-tech industry that you are the next big thing. After each presentation the judges and the audience will rate the finalists and choose the winner of THE PITCH competition.
• Seed / early stage companies
• Max revenue of $3M
• Operating in various fields
• (not including Cleantech and Medical Devices)
• Less than 3 years in the business
• Have raised a maximum of $3M
IBM Ventures, IBM Corp.
MK Izhar Shay
Blue & White
Managing Director, Europe & Israel
State of Mind
Ido Bar On
Executive in Residence
Business Development Executive
Chief Investment Officer
Samsung NEXT Ventures
Bessemer Venture Partners
North First Investment Management
Head of Business Operations
THE PITCH IN THE PRESS
Our pitch preparation process allows our semi-finalists to take part in unique presentation workshops and one-on-one meetings with industry leaders. Our goal is to help them prepare for the semifinal event which includes a live presentation in front of an audience of investors and c-level professionals from the industry. Those selected will then receive additional workshops and personal guidance in preparation for their “pitch perfect” moment at the finals in October.
The guidance process will be led by Barry Katz Ltd. The company was founded in 2001, and its team of experienced trainers has been selected for the third consecutive year to support the presenters in designing and delivering their best pitch. The trainers selected to work on “THE PITCH” are seasoned experts who have coached thousands of presenters, entrepreneurs and keynote speakers in global environments, competitions and roadshows. Their focus is placed on helping presenters identify and clarify a concise, clear message and then deliver it in a powerful and compelling style.
The Barry Katz team believes that NO ONE WILL RECOGNIZE A GOOD IDEA UNLESS IT IS WELL PRESENTED. Great ideas do not sell themselves. The presenter has to pitch an idea in a way that instantly grabs and keeps audiences attention. This can be best achieved with an authentic and unique style, with a simple easy to understand, clear and credible value statement.