Exactly one week ago Vainu attended its first official startup event in the Netherlands, the Startup Competition organized by Dell for Entrepreneurs and The Next Web. Before joining Vainu 2 months ago, I had the honor to work for Dell so of course I was aware of what their event could offer – something that startups like ours truly need.

A lot of people think that startups mostly look for financial investments or help with their technical development, but this is not necessarily always the case. What Dell provides for the winners of this competition, and what we at Vainu value highly, is a network in the business world. In order to sell or gather feedback from the market you need to sit down with your potential customers. That is easier said than done.

It was the very first time that I did a pitch like this. This was definitely not one of those pitches I had done for a university project with an ‘I just want to pass’ mentality. I would lie if I said I was not nervous.

So then the moment was there. I was called upon the stage and had exactly 60 seconds to impress an executive level jury and a room full of people who had just heard 29 other pitches before mine. It was the very first time that I did a pitch like this. This was definitely not one of those pitches I had done for a university project with an ‘I just want to pass’ mentality. I would lie if I said I was not nervous.

You probably know the feeling of taking an exam at school and knowing all the answers to the questions. That is how I felt when I walked off the stage.

To be honest, it was awesome to stand there and pitch – everything went according to the plan. You probably know the feeling of taking an exam at school and knowing all the answers to the questions. That is how I felt when I walked off the stage. After the pitch some people approached me and we ended up scheduling a business meeting together. Awesome!

The General Manager of Dell Netherlands was in the jury and after announcing the winners I had the opportunity to talk to her.

The General Manager of Dell Netherlands was in the jury and after announcing the winners I had the opportunity to talk to her. From her feedback I understood that Vainu was really close making it through to the final round. The level of the startups and the quality of the pitches were both high. It was unfortunate that we were not selected but I was impressed by how approachable Dell’s GM was to give us direct feedback.

Besides those 60 seconds, the whole evening was an excellent chance to talk about business opportunities and explain business people what Vainu has to offer.

I learned a lot from the event. It was a great experience to pitch in front of such an audience like there was at that evening. Besides those 60 seconds, the whole evening was an excellent chance to talk about business opportunities and explain business people what Vainu has to offer. It was really nice to see that Vainu is so relevant for so many companies. A lot of organizations still do not use data to determine their best sales leads or best windows of opportunity. The Dell Startup Competition was definitely one of the best events to spread the word and explain Vainu to a whole bunch of new potential customers.

Topics: Startup

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