Last night I had the opportunity to meet and speak with the LaunchUp Vegas community. I. Loved. It. A free, 90-minute program for entrepreneurs to network and pitch their products? Right up my alley. Based in Utah and Las Vegas, LaunchUp was founded by successful entrepreneurs and is their “labor of love.”
The program began with a 10 minute Amp! session, which I was lucky enough to score. Thanks, Stewart!
I told attendees about my personal journey as an entrepreneur and, hopefully, motivate them to keep going when things get tough. Being an entrepreneur is the hardest and most rewarding work you’ll ever do. I challenged them to #reframe any negative thoughts and energy they have about themselves, their expertise or their business. And, I shared stories like how I decided to move to Las Vegas and join the Tracky team. It took, in large part, the support of my husband who was on board 100 percent. When he was asked about giving up his job and moving from Chicago? His reply was, “Let’s live this life!” It still gives me chills when I think about it.
Next up attendees got to hear from the “King of Pitches,” (that’s my title for him) Andy White (@andywhite). He is a partner with the Vegas Tech Fund where he hears from hundreds of startups. Andy gave great advice on pitching best practices. What’s his favorite pitch of all time? One startup mimed their entire pitch and let the product speak for itself. Brilliant!
And then came the startups. Each startup below had an opportunity to share what they’re working on and then interact with attendees after.
Interested in attending a future event? You can grab the schedule, here.
A special thank you to the folks at The Historic 5th Street School for donating the space. There’s nothing like the smell of hardwood gym floors!
[PHOTO CREDIT: The photo of me speaking was taken by event organizer Stewart Christensen)