I’ve been attending Pitching for Management events for several years now, and the format has been broadly stable.  The organisation is currently experimenting with a refreshed style, and the London event of the series was the first time that I’ve personally experienced this change.  Originally, the concept was pure pitching, with just the usual sponsor talks and intros in addition.  Now, Modwenna Rees-Mogg has decided to go for a content-heavy format instead.  The event thus had a significant panel discussion, in addition to the pitches.

The panel on this occasion included: Camilla Dolan from MMC ventures; and Alan Wallace from Octopus, who I know well from previous investment dealings.  These were certainly good choices, with much to say about both investment and entrepreneurship.  One of the challenges, however, of a format change such as this is that it affects the style of the event.  A pitching event with less time for pitches is fundamentally different.  One of the features of the ‘Pitching for Management’ concept is that it tends to have a broad range of pitching firms, as it doesn’t have a sector focus.  This broadens the scope of the event, and also tends to raise the chance of discovering something...

TechPitch4.5 by 2pears was held at LewisSilkin’s offices near Chancery Lane.  The purpose of the event was to explore all things techie in the music industry.  This typically means tools for consumers and management, rather than music production technology.

The event was a small but busy room, packed with industry types.  It was a closely-focussed crowd, of approx 30, with little evidence of stragglers, hangers-on and folks looking to escape the office.  That kept the networking tight, and the delegates had clearly made an effort – with several having flown in for the event.

The format was based around quickfire short pitches.  This kept the pace of the event up, but it was fairly hard work, and a less punishing agenda would have suited some delegates.

Talks were given by a range of pretty heavy-hitting brands.  One particular favorite of mine was Will Mills from Shazzam.  I’d heard this team talk before.  As before, I was impressed by both the presentation quality, and the keen business spirit the firm displays.  Unlike many web brands, they take monetization seriously, and bring in major revenue streams from downloads.  They also make a great...

As usual, the @2_pears crew turned out at the Pinsett Masons offices, with another pizza-fuelled evening of ace startups.  This crew just never disappoints…

@adoorfor opened the action, with Frederick Thackeray-Vincent doing for film locations what AirBnB has done for bedrooms.  If you need to find a derelict warehouse, a Georgian townhouse in period style, or an overgrown World War II air-raid shelter, you’ll be able to dig it out in A Door For.  It’s a great concept, and one I hope can be brought online.  However, the location agent market is pretty vibrant, and it’s not entirely clear to me that users of the service will be able to present their space in a way that makes sense for potential hirers.  One to watch, but not a project I’d bet the farm on just yet.

@makerble was presented by Matt Kepple.  He’s a talented afro-Caribbean entrepreneur, who cuts a distinctive figure on the startup scene – with his stylish, urbane and professional demeanour, and quiet passion for his project.  The concept of Markerble is allowing donors to track the charity contributions they make to a finer grain than would normally be possible.  It lets those who pay the piper hear the...