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Pitch Feedback Workshop

September 14, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


As part of Startup Boston, we’re offering early-stage founders an opportunity to get feedback from real investors, with a small audience of attendees also looking to learn from them and you.

Your company will have 3 minutes to pitch your startup, and will get about 12 minutes of feedback and questions from our investors. Despite the audience, this will be a casual setting and an opportunity to have an open conversation, asking questions about investor concerns, how to best present what you have, and what you should improve on before you’re actively seeking investors.

Pitching is limited to founders who have an active startup and are close to pursuing funding—you must be beyond idea-stage, with traction or promising early customer validation. Sign up as an audience member or participant through Eventbrite and, if you want to pitch, please complete the application form.

This event is part of the Founding Startups track at Startup Boston 2018.

Our feedback panel includes:

Melissa Withers, Co-Founder & Managing Director, RevUp Capital

RevUp Managing Director Melissa Withers has overseen investments in 100+ companies across industries and at various stages of growth. She was previously Managing Director of Betaspring, a nationally-ranked startup accelerator that launched 89 companies between 2009-2014. Melissa’s career began at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT, where she worked at the intersection of basic research and public policy. She was also co-founder of the Business Innovation Factory, an organization dedicated to the design and testing of new business models.

Sean Judge, Principal at Highland Capital Partners

Based in Highland’s Cambridge office, Sean is focused on identifying, evaluating and executing early stage technology investments. He is currently working in Highland’s disruptive commerce practice, seeking out new companies that are the next to transform the online buying experience. Sean enjoys working with entrepreneurs who are building tech-enabled consumer businesses and innovative enterprise software companies.

Shereen Shermak, Executive Director at Boston Women’s Workforce Council, Angel Investor & Startup Advisor

Shereen is a serial entrepreneur and prolific angel investor. She’s invested in a number of Boston startups including Amino Apps, Bedrock Data, Careport Health, and Soofa. She’s served as an advisor to Flybridge Capital Partners, as well as several startups, most recently as a part-time CRO to Doni, and a part-time Head of Marketing for Wise Trading Technologies.

Our Host:

Sara Sigel, Head of Care Experience at CozyKin

Sara Sigel is a community builder who advises and invests in profit-from-purpose companies and b-corps. Online and offline communities that offer social support and fight inequality are her passion.

In addition to position as Head of Care Experience at CozyKin, she is also an advisor and investor at Rev Boston. Before, she held positions growing community at Quilt, Dunwello, and GrabCAD.

This is a Startup Boston event.

Startup Boston is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 10-14th, 2018, Startup Boston brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston’s startup ecosystem.

Thank you to our event partners.

About CIC Boston:

One of Boston’s largest innovation communities, CIC provides office and coworking space, and supports a variety of important programs in Boston’s startup scene including Venture Cafe, District Hall, and MassRobotics.

About fama PR:

fama PR is North America’s premier boutique PR firm for technology companies. They deliver superior results and unmatched client service by using experienced PR professionals who apply a common sense, hands-on approach to both strategy and tactics. Working closely with clients, fama PR creates customized communications plans that are directly aligned with business objectives to help increase brand awareness and drive revenue.


September 14, 2018
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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CIC Boston
50 Milk St, 16th Floor
Boston, MA 02109 United States
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