Here’s Your Chance to Pitch a Silicon Valley VC

If you’re looking for feedback on the pitch for your startup, there’s no one better to get it from than a VC. So Dice News has arranged for noted Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper to 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.

(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 paragraph on what level of funding you’re seeking.
  • 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 who’ll pitch to him on Jan. 23.
  • The closing date for submissions is Jan. 10, 2014.

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

About Dawn Kawamoto

Dawn Kawamoto is the associate editor of Dice. She is an award-winning technology and business reporter, previously working for such publications as CNET's where she reported on a wide range of sectors from enterprise software to mobile computing to Internet darlings and the funding that fueled their growth. In 2002, she was a Gerald Loeb Awards finalist for coverage on Oracle's sales practices.