Wednesday 12, October 2016

Abu Dhabi – MENA Herald: Etisalat, in line with its Hello Business programme, brings“Pitch Please!” – a platform designed to help start-ups in the UAE build strength in areas that impact their business’ growth and success. This will be a part of the agenda of SME Beyond Borders 2016, an event that will bring together entrepreneurs, industry disruptors and investors in a large-scale gathering on October 27th, at the Atlantis Hotel, Palm.
Pitching for finance or resources is a critical activity for Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs). According to the Central Bank, in 2015 less than 2% of bank funding went into the SMB sector.
Esam Mahmoud, Vice President-SMB Marketing, Etisalat, commented that: “Successful acquisition of finance is the basis of SMB growth. The ability to get funders to say ‘yes’ is both a science and an art, which SMBs underestimate at their peril. Our Hello Business “Pitch Please!”promises to be a very exciting and highly engaging session, which everyone stands to learn from.”
Etisalat’s Hello Business “Pitch Please!” provides the opportunity for start-ups to give their best performance in front of an expert panel who will be assessing their business model through the strength of their pitch. What’s more, the winner will have an opportunity to pitch to an audience of 2,000 decision makers on the main venue stage.
Nathan Gold, one of the world’s most eminent pitch trainers and panelist, added that, “Effective pitching is based on the ability to ask several simple and relevant questions and provide fluent, convincing answers in the heat of competition. The start-up companies selected to pitch will have a three-minute ‘window’, with no room for error or hesitation. The question is can our start-ups be able to do this? We shall see…”
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Hello Business “Pitch Please!” takes place at SME Beyond Borders on the 27th of October, in Atlantis, the Palm Dubai. For further information, email