Beyond the “Elevator Pitch”

1:50 pm - 2:05 pm

Elaine Gilde
Board Member at New York Angels

Elaine Gilde is a board member of New York Angels, a “top-ten” angel group in the U.S. As a founding board member, she helped to build this 140+ member group into a preeminent force in the early stage start-up world. Ms. Gilde invests through her own angel investment vehicle, Grove Street Capital LLC.

Ms. Gilde has a diverse portfolio of start-up investments, focusing on business services and FinTech, and in areas where an innovative approach will make a difference. She sits on corporate boards and advisory boards of investments and is adept at thinking strategically to create world-class companies. She has realized successful exits and guided start-ups through the challenges of business building.

In her career, Elaine was a Managing Director (partner) at a private equity firm and led merchant banking investments while an investment banker on Wall Street. She began her career as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company. She holds an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Course Description:

In this presentation, Elaine Gilde will walk you through what to avoid when looking for funding for your company. After seeing thousands of business plans, experienced investors know what to look for beyond the "Elevator Pitch." They will find what’s missing. Listen to learn:

What are these pitfalls when looking for funding?
Are you talking to the “right” investors?
How much domain expertise is necessary?
Is there a revenue generating business model?
Have you simply “checked the boxes”?
How will you get through the tough times?
How coachable are you?

Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of how to: