Last week (Dec 3–4) saw yet another hosting and pitching skills engagement for 2015. This time in Zagreb for another startup competition at the Pioneers of the Balkans Finals and Balkan Venture Forum.
United by innovation and entrepreneurship, more than 450 people from across Europe took part in this leading innovation forum. Held at Zagreb’s Hypo Centre this year’s startup competition focused on 70 innovation startups in front of 100 European investors.
The two days were dominated by pitching sessions together excellent networking opportunities for all attendees. Over 100 active investors attended the startup competition and scouted for investment. This presented a unique opportunity for the best startups from the region to shine. The high interest from investors at the startup conference had a total of more than 500 startups from the region apply. Out of the 54 that made it to the final stage 22 were actually startups from Croatia.
Pitching Skills Training
Prior to the main event I shared my pitching skills workshop helping startups get ready for the big stage. This was the perfect chance to gain valuable feedback and practical advice on how to improve their pitch. I focused on areas such as public speaking and presentation style and voice control and body movement. The event was also a platform for plenty of excellent speakers covering a variety of hot trending topics. These included blockchain, digital mobility, e-commerce and payments, business angel partnerships and many others.
Apart from the intriguing discussion panels and keynotes, the breaks were also highly appreciated. Guests had an great opportunity to become familiar with the products and services of the startups on show.
Great pitches, international networking, good food all played their part in this productive startup event. The Pioneers of the Balkans hosted by the Balkan Venture Forum attracted strong support. Sponsors included the European Commission, World Bank and Startlabs.
If you’d like me to attend your event or conference as host, moderator or pitch coach – please get in touch.