The Serrano Country Club is 18 holes carved out of the El Dorado Hills. It offers stunning views and a par-72, championship course designed by none other than Robert Trent Jones, Jr. And on Monday, July 28, the course will play host Velocity Venture Capital’s Entrepreneurial Drive.
Aimed at shaking up the staid process of pitching investors, the Entrepreneurial Drive is a “Best Ball Scramble” with a twist. As investors hack their way across the course, tech startups are stationed at each green, waiting to deliver a 2-minute pitch of their idea. At the end of that pitch, the investors give the startups a score, then head to the next tee.
This may sound like a gimmicky way to bring startups and potential investors together — and it is — but it’s also an effective one. Pitching for investment dollars is an art form, and the 2-minute time limit and golf-focused investors makes the Entrepreneurial Drive a prime training ground for startups seeking funding. Get an investor interested in the middle of a round and you can pitch your idea in any board room.
The Serrano event is also a part of Velocity Venture’s month long “American Idol meets Shark Tank” contest, which will whittle down the list of companies taking part in this year’s Entrepreneur’s Showcase.
To register for the Entrepreneurial Drive, or to just get more info, hit Velocity Venture Capital’s website.