How to win a pitch competition

As we go through the regional Roadshow for The Asia Accelerator, promoting the program, I thought it would be useful to provide a few tips on pitching.  

At each of our Roadshow events we have a pitch competition, with the winner gaining automatic entry to the second round of the application process.  Since our program typically receives well over 200 applications this can mean the startup gets a pass to leap past at least 150 other applications!

The pitch format is really basic:  A 1-minute pitch with no slides. Here’s some tips on how to ace your pitch.

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Got what it takes? Here are the 7 things we look for in a startup

As we gear up for cohort 1 of The Asia Accelerator I am getting asked “What profile of startups are you looking for?”.  It’s a good question since we don’t have a vertical focus and our investment terms are very flexible in term of valuation (we use a SAFE).  At a top level we are open to any awesome founders solving big problems, but here are the 7 main things that we look for.

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Become a Mentor at The Asia Accelerator

Mentors are the backbone of our program.

We work with industry professionals and experts across all sectors from multinationals to government, successful startup founders, investors, development professionals and technical specialists.

Mentors dedicate their time and expertise to support the founders and ensure the startups that we work with through our programs are successful.

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Code of Conduct - The Asia Accelerator

The team at The Asia Accelerator take harassment and abuse seriously. We want to create an inclusive and diverse ecosystem that is safe for everyone in the tech ecosystem.

The Asia Accelerator joins Blackbird Ventures, Startmate, Airtree Ventures, Square Peg Capital, Rampersand and Blue Sky Venture Capital in adopting the Code. More information about this initiative can be found here.

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The Startup Accelerator Model isn't working in Southeast Asia... let's fix it

It seems like every week a new accelerator program is opening, yet if you ask around just as many seem to be closing their doors. Considering all of this and contemplating our career moves after muru-D, Amra Naidoo (who ran Operations and Marketing for muru-D) and I realized that there is a “third way” to operate a startup accelerator, and together we decided that we’re going to run with it…

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