Co-Founder of Upside Partners
Founder of 20022 Labs
Partner at 500 Startups Fintech Fund
Corporate Innovation and Transformation Advisor
I've run dozens of startup pitch events and mentored or advised hundreds of startups on pitching new ideas to investors, cusotmers and colleagues. I've done similiar work with executives in commercial and government institutions. I can help you identify what's right and wrong with your pitch, and give you strategies to improve it.
For the last 4 years I've been running www.innotribestartup.com, the world's largest competition to introduce technology startups to global banks and other financial institutions. I can give investors, startups and financial institutions a view into who's in the market, what the value propositions are, and how to partner with each other.
Dozens of vendors get in touch with me every week via email or LinkedIn to sell me on their services. Most either haven't done their research to know why I would be interested in their services, or simply can't communicate their potential value to me. And the result is...they waste my time and theirs.
So for all of those vendors out there trying to sell me something, I make this simple proposition:
If you think you have something I want to buy, book time to pitch me here on Clarity. This is the ONLY way to be sure you get my attention for your pitch. And while I won’t necessarily buy, I will give you feedback or share insights about how entrepreneurs and investors think.
Mike Sigal is creative, motivated, and hard-working. He's sees things that others do not see -- probably a product of his broad international experience.
I've had the pleasure of getting Mike's advice and feedback during our prep for demo day at 500Startups. He has expanded my presentation skills, story building, business plan and style. I recommend Mike to other startup founders and business owners who could benefit from someone with experience in business and venture financing. Mike is a great bouncing board for ideas, and a pleasure to converse with.
Mike worked with me to practice my company pitch as part of the 500Startup accelerator program. He was easy to work with and quickly understood my business. He helped clarify my message by understanding the stakeholders of my business and expressed a clear value proposition. Working with him helped boost my confidence for demo day and I would absolutely recommend him to other startups who seek advice in the early stages.
Mike worked with us on sharpening our pitch as part of the Microsoft Bizspark program. In short, Mike is truly brilliant at what he does and in a few concalls and meetings his no nonsense approach helped us to realize how best to shape our content for different audiences.
I really enjoyed working with Mike, sharpcloud is a stategic B2B offering and as such we have more complexity built into our value proposition than most B2C offerings. We'd previously met a few other business coaches but found them frustrating and very focussed on creating B2C soundbites rather than trying to understand our core business value.
Mike is very different and took the time to listen to us, understand our core value and then address how best we sharpen up for our various audiences.
sharpcloud is now Bizspark One and on the class of 2011 Telegraph Tech 100 and much of the new content on our website and pitch clarity is due in part to Mike's work with us.
Mike's great fun to be around and I will work with him in the future and yes I would definately recommend his expert skills to other start-ups.
While at the 500Startups accelerator, Mike reviewed my fund raising pitch and slides and gave me valuable feedback. Then he dedicated a lot of his time to help out on a one-to-one basis, understood what I needed, and came up with great ideas for improvement. Thank you, I'm grateful.