Starting a Business? Sign Up for the Startup Smart Workshop and Business Pitch Contest, Hosted by Wicked Start

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Learn how to start a business in 10 steps (the Wicked Start way), put together an investment-grade pitch and get funded — best pitch to take home $1,500 in prizes.

Wicked Start, the only free online incubator for startups, invites aspiring entrepreneurs to sign up for their evening Startup Smart Workshop and networking event on Nov. 9, 2011 at the beautiful New York Times Building in midtown Manhattan to learn how to pitch and fund a new business, and get a chance to win $1,500 in prizes. Participants can register here.

The interactive, four-hour workshop (and networking event) will benefit anyone in the early stages of starting a business or thinking about it. The evening will begin at 5:30 pm with an introduction to Wicked Start’s “10 Steps to Startup” by Wicked Start Founder, Bryan Janeczko, followed by speeches and Q&A sessions with top startup experts, and a pitch-contest for the best business ideas and pitches.

In addition to Janeczko, presenters will include Jeff Klein, Partner in the Technology Companies Group at Goodwin Procter, a New York-based law firm; Dana Mauriello, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of ProFounder, a leading crowdfunding investment platform; David Beatty, prominent angel investor and Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an angel investors network; and Laura Allen, a well-known marketing consultant and founder of 15secondspitch.com.

Howard Greenstein, Contributing Editor to Inc.com’s “The Startup Toolkit,” will lead a breakout session where participants will develop and refine their pitches. Darlene Newman, Wicked Start Chief Technologista and co-founder, will also be on hand to provide expert advice.

“Best pitch” will receive $1,500 in prizes donated by sponsors including: Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces providing “a new way to work” for startups and small businesses; 15SecondPitch.com (“market yourself in 15 seconds); Grasshopper, “the virtual phone designed for entrepreneurs”; and Zipcar, “wheels when you want them” for entrepreneurs on the go.

Following the workshop, participants are invited to network with experts and each other.

“If you’re thinking about launching your own business, I hope you’ll join us for this workshop,” says Wicked Start founder, Bryan Janeczko. “I started Wicked Start because I want to help new businesses succeed. My goal is to ensure that everyone attending this event will have the tools to successfully build the business of their dreams.”

Sign up for the Startup Smart Workshop @ http://wickedstartstartupsmart.eventbrite.com

About Wicked Start
Wicked Start is a free startup incubator that helps aspiring entrepreneurs navigate the startup process with a customized online 10-step checklist, a community of experts and peers, and access to resources and tools to help plan, incorporate, fund and market their new businesses. Whether looking to find an accountant or attorney, connect with angel investors, build a website, or set up a business checking account, Wicked Start helps with resources at every startup stage. To learn more, go to: http://www.wickedstart.com/

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