Here’s How You Can Pitch VC Tim Draper

Forget the 12 days of Christmas. If you’re an entrepreneur, Jan. 10, 2014, should be circled on your calendar.

MoneyThat’s the deadline to submit your business plan for an opportunity to pitch noted Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, who’ll listen to and critique presentations from three entrepreneurs.

Draper will sit down with these startup founders on Jan. 23, 2014, at his Draper University in San Mateo. While no one’s promising any funding, you’ll come away with valuable tips on how to improve your pitch when soliciting angels and VCs. Your pitch can be up to 10 minutes long.

(All you closet entrepreneurs on SourceForge, this is a great opportunity to try out your latest and greatest idea.)

Here’s how it works:

  • Email your business plan, a brief founder’s bio and a sentence on whether you’re seeking seed, Series A or late stage funding.
  • Business plans will be judged on your idea, the size of the market your company plans to address, your dollar potential, as well as any traction your idea, product or service has already generated. Finally, we’ll look at the experience level and commitment of team members.
  • Make your subject line “VC Pitch.”
  • We’ll develop a short list of entrepreneurs and send them to Draper. He’ll make the final selection of the three entrepreneurs who’ll pitch to him.
  • The closing date for submissions is Jan. 10, 2014.
  • Those who’ll pitch will be notified on Jan. 17.

We’ll be recording each presentation for a story to be posted on Dice News. Once your pitch is done, we’ll interview both you and Draper to find out what went well and where you need improvement. If selected, you’re responsible for your own transportation to Draper University.

Again, submit your documents by emailing them to editor@dice.com.

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