The Investor Pitch with Marc Barros, Contour, and Geoff Entress, Voyager Capital and Founder's Co-op
Why should an investor put money into your company instead of someone else’s? What are the critical elements you need to have and what could kill the deal? How should you prepare for an investor pitch? This session walks you through how to give a compelling investor pitch and offers perspectives from both the investor and the entrepreneur.
Marc Barros is the CEO of Contour. The vision for Contour began in 2003 out of the UW Business Plan Competition when Marc and Jason Green, avid skiers, devised a simple helmet camera to record their exploits. After winning third place in the competition and enough money to afford the rent on a chilly warehouse, the two friends began building and selling the Twenty20 Helmet Camera. Recently Contour was named one of the nation’s fastest growing companies by Inc. magazine and raised $5M from Montlake Capital in November.
Geoff Entress is a venture partner at Voyager Capital and a general partner at Founder’s Co-op. Geoff is an incredibly prolific investor – he’s invested in 50 start-up companies over the past decade, including Isilon Systems (recently sold to EMC for $2.25B), Cheezburger Network, and Swype. Geoff is also a long-time member of the executive and screening committees of the Alliance of Angels, the largest angel investor organization in the Pacific Northwest.
Resource Nights, offered throughout winter quarter by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, bring in experts from the local entrepreneurial community to teach various aspects of writing and presenting a business plan. These sessions are open to students and the public.