6. August 2012–
It's pitching season in Berlin - and the players don't get much bigger than at CEO Berlin (25 and 26 September 2012), which will include a "Dragon's Den"-style pitching competition for nine lucky startups, with three spots reserved for VentureVillage readers.
CEO Berlin is part of a global series organised by CEO Event, a spin-off company from Berlin-based Team Europe (also a shareholder in VentureVillage) and Constantin Bisanz (Brands4Friends). The aim is to provide exclusive yet informal networking for "some of the leading minds of our time", including top founders, CEOs and venture capitalists.
The upcoming Berlin event, limited to 120 guests, will be held at the very impressive Schlosshotel Grunewald (above). Tickets cost €1500 and the bar for selection is high - typically founders of companies with €10 million funding or 100 employees, and managing partners of venture capital firms (ticket applications can be made on the CEO Berlin website).
A few of the confirmed guests at CEO Berlin: Verena Delius, Peter Read, Klaus Hommels
Confirmed guests include Sebastian Siemiatkowski (CEO and co-founder, Klarna), Stefan Smalla (CEO & co-founder, Westwing), investors Klaus Hommels and Peter Read, Holtzbrinck Ventures partner Martin Weber, Fabian Heilemann (CEO, DailyDeal), Jan Becker (CEO, Hitfox) and Verena Delius (Goodbeans).
The event will be hosted by Constantin Bisanz and Team Europe partners Lukasz Gadowski, Kolja Hebenstreit and Markus Fuhrmann.
Luckily, there's an easier way for startups to get in...
CEO Berlin "Dragon's Den" – pitch to the best
CEO Berlin is giving nine founding teams the chance to present their company in two to three minutes to the assembled guests. No promises of funding at the end of it, but it's a rare opportunity to meet and receive feedback from some of the very best in the industry.
We've secured three of those nine spots for VentureVillage readers. To apply, tweet your 140-character pitch to us @VentureVillage including the hashtags #pitch and #ceoberlin (feel free to include links - to videos, company websites, media articles, photos - and send us any extra details about your company to firstname.lastname@example.org). We'll reply to let you know you're in the running and to confirm your contact details.
We'll publish all the tweets we receive and pass on entries to the team at CEO Berlin for selection. The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 31 August.
For related reading, try our insiders' guides to a winning pitch:
99 Problems but a pitch ain’t one – top VCs and investors on the secrets of a perfect pitch
99 Problems but a Pitch Ain’t One Part 2 – startup mentors on what gets their attention
99 Problems but a pitch ain’t one Part 3 – pitch secrets from CEOs and entrepreneurs