Competing with other entrepreneurs for a chance to secure venture capital funding can be a gruelling process. And you'd be mistaken for thinking it's any easier when you're pitching to teams of students. During the UC Berkeley Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) talented students hone their venture capital skills while assessing real Bay Area entrepreneurs who are genuinely seeking funding. Although the judges—who are seasoned Silicon Valley venture capitalists—are there to choose the winning student VC team they also provide feedback to the startups on their pitching skills. Here, Richard Harrock shares some of the key lessons learned from a recent competition and what you need to focus on before, during and after you pitch to potential investors.
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