Australian startups offered chance to learn from TechCrunch, LAUNCH conference pitch coach

- February 20, 2013 2 MIN READ

Successful startup founder and commentator Tyler Crowley will next week share the knowledge he’s gained helping hundreds of early-stage companies polish their pitches for events including the TechCrunch and LAUNCH conferences with some of Australia’s most promising early-stage companies.

Pollenizer, From Little Things, The New Agency, Event Directors and Mi9 have partnered to bring Crowley to Australia to host the two free clinics for a select group of up-and-coming Australian startups, and work with some of the startup community’s key influencers to help improve the ‘Silicon Beach’ ecosystem.

He’ll work with a group of twenty companies chosen to participate in workshops on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 February, at Pollenizer’s Surry Hills headquarters. During the sessions he’ll share his tips on how to boost investor interest, sell to customers and gain media attention. Applications to take part are open to all Australian startups.

“Pitching is the secret weapon of all great entrepreneurs,” said Phil Morle, co-CEO of Pollenizer. “It’s something that must be sharpened and improved for a startup to win, and the stakes get increasingly higher. We’re really excited to bring Tyler Crowley to Sydney, and think he’ll provide some fantastic insights on how to deliver an awesome pitch, and some lessons for the Australian ecosystem.”

“Pitching events train competing founders to deliver increasingly entertaining, compelling stories of traction and value, convincing investors and partners to back their business. We’ve seen with our Pollenizer companies just how much a great pitch matters. We’re looking forward to working with some of Australia’s most promising startups to help polish their pitches.”

Crowley said he’s looking forward to meeting the talent behind Australian startups, especially following a recent Sydney vs. Melbourne episode of his successful podcast, This Week in Startups.

“I’m really excited to meet some of Australia’s top early-stage companies and help improve their pitches,” he said. “Pitching is a key skill all successful startups must practise and work hard to improve.

“It shapes what your company does every day— its culture, its customers, its brand — but more importantly it’s key to grabbing an audience’s attention. You need to work hard to stand out from the startup crowd.”

Crowley will also host a session at Fishburners from 6pm on Monday 25 February to share the lessons he’s learnt helping build the successful LA startup ecosystem. He’ll share his ‘ingredients for success’ and take part in a panel discussion with leading Australian investors and entrepreneurs.

For more information and to register for the Fishburners event visit http://siliconbeachmakingwaves.eventbrite.com.

To participate in one of the pitch clinics apply at http://pollenizer.com/pitch-clinic-with-tyler-crowley before 5pm, Thursday 21 February.

About Tyler Crowley:

Tyler has been helping startups with their important pitches since the first TechCrunch40 events and continues today with the LAUNCH conference, where he works one-on-one with each company to create the most compelling pitch possible for press and partners. Tyler is also co-host of This Week in Startups with Jason Calacanis where he regularly shares insights on the art and science of pitching investors.