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Startups Learn to Impress Investors

Sarah Cutler

March 30, 2012

The Wayne Brown Institute hosted The Deal Forum at Zions Bank Wednesday March 28th. The Deal Forum is an opportunity for startup and mid-stage companies to receive venture-based mentoring and advice from professionals and investors. This forum had three companies presenting: Arrien Pharmaceuticals, EZ Lift Rescue systems and Event Smart.

During the event the presenting companies have ten minutes to make their case with a slideshow in front of a panel of angel investors. Once the presentation is complete the panel follows with a 20 minute critique.

Hal Widlansky from Olympus Angels said that companies looking for investors need to paint a picture to the problem being solved. Giving context to what the company will do is an important part of the process.

Articulation and confidence are a key part to giving a presentation that will win over investors, according to Adam Laver of Salt Lake Life Science Angels.

Ultimately the Deal Forum is a place for companies to grow and learn through mentoring and crucial advice. The next forum takes place April 26; submissions to present are due April 2.

For more information visit www.venturecapital.org

(3.30.12)

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