One week in and already we’ve been run off our feet and not just with launching!

We’ve been nominated as a finalist in the 2015 Webstock, BNZ Start-up Alley competition. Held annually as part of the Webstock tech conference, Start-up Alley celebrates and acknowledges New Zealand start-up companies. We’ve been busy fine tuning our pitch, preparing our slides and are raring to go!

Chosen alongside five other innovative start-ups, next Thursday we’ll be presenting Banqer to a panel of judges, a room full of serial start-up’ers, fellow competitors, investors and the public! The start-up alley event itself is free so if you’re in Wellington come along and support us at 5:45pm at the St James. We’re thrilled to be announced as a finalist and of course are hoping to take it one step further and take out the silverware!

Speaking of, the winner will receive...

  • A $20,000 cash prize.
  • Return trip for 2 to the USA to further their business
  • Programme place at Kiwi Landing Pad
  • Icehouse Programme place (Business Fundamentals 1 day course)
  • Support through NZTE’s Better by Capital Programme to refine their business growth, capital plan and prepare their business for international growth (Up to $5,000 worth of Specialist Engagement)
Needless to say, we’re pretty keen on first place!

But before we get ahead of ourselves, we need to get down to business, and by business, we mean the creation of the elusive ‘perfect pitch’ (que spooky music). Ahh, yes, we’ve been hearing quite a bit on how to develop and deliver the perfect pitch recently. BNZ put together a list of do’s and don’ts straight from the judges mouths, my personal favourite:

‘We've had people just freeze as soon as they get on stage and go completely blank on their pitch, and then struggle with questions. You've got to feel for them, but… so awkward for everyone!’ …yes, so awkward.

To avoid the dreaded scenario above playing out like a real life horror come this time next week, I’ve been in power pitch mode, consisting in a haze of speaking to myself, mentors, the mirror, my computer monitor, pretty much anything that will stay still long enough for me to spit out a random Banqer figure or fact. But in all honesty, the approach we’re running with is practice makes perfect. We’re confident that we have a great solution, and know we help students and teacher alike everyday, it’s just about conveying Banqer as the awesome solution it is!

We’ve come such a long way in such a short time, and we see this as just another opportunity to shine. And if nothing else, this will prove another great experience for the team. We’ll be sure to keep you updated via Twitter on the day so be sure to give us a follow.

What advice or suggestions do you have for us? Leave us a note on Facebook or Twitter.

Now, back to it. As they say, practice makes (pitch) perfect.