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What's the best startup pitch competition to enter?

I am part of the founding team of a progressive internet media publisher startup in the East Bay. We have bootstrapped the company for the past two years and have good traffic now. We're looking to raise funding rounds, but concurrently looking for ways to judge public opinion of our pitch. Would it be a bad idea to pitch at one of the countless meetup pitches if we're ideally looking for somewhere between a seed and Series A type round?

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Daniel Drew Turner
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Interaction Designer, Xerox PARC
If there is a public good component, have you checked out Matter.vc or the CITRIS Foundry? Both are in the Bay Area (SF and Berkeley, respectively).
Abhinauv Venugopal, MBA
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Enterprise Tech Sales
Interesting idea for sure. Thank you! I'll check these out.
Daniel Drew Turner
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Interaction Designer, Xerox PARC
East Bay journalist-turned-UX-person, here... good luck.
Kristina Momchilova
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Senior Media Analyst at iCrossing
Competitions can be good for creating a little buzz around your company in the start up community and some of the judges or people in the audience could be potential investors. I did a bunch of college competitions as a part of a start up and we got validation, constructive feedback, and a little money out of it, which was great. We refined our pitch and were better prepared to answer the reoccurring questions and concerns we encountered. If you have the time for it, I would definitely recommend it.

I just did a quick search and found this

http://grasshopper.com/blog/startup-competition-guide/

See what is applicable to you and go for it.

Abhinauv Venugopal, MBA
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Great advice, will definitely check it out. Thanks Kristina!
Bill Lennan
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Red Rope Social
meetups - there are multiple MeetUps where you can practice your pitch and get in front of investors.
I'd also read Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff and Guy Kawasaki's YouTube videos on pitching to investors.
David Austin
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David Austin Entrepreneur
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No such thing as a bad pitching opportunity
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