Tech Day: Venture Capital 101 - How to Pitch Your Startup to Investors

Pitching to investors is at the forefront of every entrepreneur’s mind. How do you get started, get it right, and ace the process of getting the funding you need for your startup?

However, meeting and pitching your idea to investors is seldom straightforward. Having raised money for startups, mentored them, and advised many successful founders, Asher Siddiqui has got to experience both the struggles and successes in this area of startup life.

Asher Siddiqui is an investor, mentor and advisor to Krypto Labs, management teams, corporate boards, private equity and venture capital firms globally.

Asher was previously a managing partner, and part of the global leadership team, at 500 Startups, dividing his time between Dubai and San Francisco, leading the global flagship mid-to-growth stage fund to double down on “winners”. Prior to 500, Asher was Head of M&A and later Head of Venture Capital at Etisalat Group (c. $43bn market cap, c. $14bn revenues) where, for 10 years, he was part of the management team that led the transformation of Etisalat. He led over 36 advanced stage deals valued at approximately $34bn and closed 20+ transactions valued at c.$7.5bn (10 M&A transactions and 12+ VC deals).

Asher started his career in the late 90’s and founded several startups in the U.K. and the US.