Seed Forum Helsinki is scheduled for 15.10 and in preparation, 15 smart start-ups took up the challenge of Seed Forum's pitch training this week. The companies were nominated to attend and the aim was to provide 'investor ready Born Global' companies.
The companies were challenged to craft a compelling and convincing pitch to compliment their brilliant business ideas, as well as being advised how to fundraise effectively and to reduce the risk on investment for investors.
All this stacked up to the start ups designing a sharp and highly professional pitch.
The month of September brings change and discovery for our team and our clients!
The new website helps visitors to explore AJAN’s 4 key areas of focus; the perfect pitch, the high performance team, the high performing individual and the customer experience. It’s packed with content and customer references which we hope delivers a clear and compelling message for anyone looking to accelerate individual and team performance, in their world.
AJAN attended Pitch Helsinki at City Hall yesterday
We were really impressed with some exciting, fresh ideas, and - having been involved with some of the companies pitching - some familiar concepts too. Their task was to pitch their business in 4 minutes to a 300 strong audience, including investors, VCs… And the Mayor of course.
AJAN will learn some 'new stuff' this week... At Promenade's breakfast seminar on 'Innovation', from 2 great speakers... Nick Starrit from Sirota and Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka.
Nick Vertigans of AJAN Consulting delivered the key note speech at NSN TalentTalks event 10th May 2012 http://www.technopolisonline.com/index/1377?postId=1330
Why Top Talent Leaves: Top 10 Reasons Boiled Down to 1
Most people in leadership roles ponder the same question, How to motivate people to stay with the company?
It's often said that people leave managers not companies, it's a fascinating topic and Erica Anderson delivers an update in her article on forbes.com below:
As a business owner, you're in sales whether you think so or not. Every day you have to sell yourself -- and your product or service -- to grow your business. If you're not sure you have the personality to succeed in selling, consider these 13 simple rules to create a superstar sales mindset.
IIya Pozin's article reminds us that money is not the key motivator for most people - particularly relevant at this time of year if you're planning your team's appraisals and objective setting in 2012. Here it is:
As customers in customer service situations we hear alot about what people can't do for us: I wonder what kind of impact a can-do service culture would deliver for organisations... and for the customer? This article by Michael Hess reminds us of this cardinal sin.
CASE 'Taivex' - The internationalisation of Finnish art and culture
Over the late spring and early Autumn of 2010 AJAN had the wonderful challenge to work with a series of highly skilled individuals from the world of art and culture on the topic of Creating the Compelling Case: in other words, selling your ideas in an inspiring way and positively influencing those around you.
I sat down with a hotdog and a sense of déjà vu in Helsinki's Olympic stadium. It was a warm evening on September 10th last year and I was about to watch Germany V England in the Ladies European Championship Football Final.
Here we were in Old London town; 'the home of The Beatles' as I overheard one American tourist stating the day before. It was a crisp, sunny September morning with the muffled sounds of traffic on the Thames and on the nearby streets. People were gathering around the doorway to one of London's coffee houses, close to Tower Bridge. The shop was due to open at 10am and because it was England, people were beginning to form an unofficial queue.
Finnish National Pride in an Open Society by Nick Vertigans
I was reminded recently of the old anecdote about Finnish national self consciousness:
A German, a Frenchman, a Russian, and a Finn took part in a writing competition about elephants. The German came up with A Short Introduction to the Physiology of the Elephant (1,500 pages, plus appendices). The French entry was The Love Life of the Elephant. The Russian wrote Elephants in Russia, and the Finn wrote What do Elephants Think of Me?
A growing number of companies that includes Banc One, Intuit, Southwest Airlines, ServiceMaster, USAA, Taco Bell, and MCI know that when they make employees and customers paramount, a radical shift occurs in the way they manage and measure success. The new economics of service requires innovative measurement techniques. These techniques calibrate the impact of employee satisfaction, loyalty, and productivity on the value of products and services delivered so that managers can build customer satisfaction and loyalty and assess the corresponding impact on profitability and growth. In fact, the lifetime value of a loyal customer can be astronomical, especially when referrals are added to the economics of customer retention and repeat purchases of related products. For example, the lifetime revenue stream from a loyal pizza eater can be $8,000, a Cadillac owner $332,000, and a corporate purchaser of commercial aircraft literally billions of dollars.
I think that the world's one and a half billion speakers of English have been aware for some time that the language is not only unprecedentedly widespread, but easily outstrips other tongues in terms of vocabulary. Not satisfied with its twin sources of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman French, English has, over the centuries, ruthlessly mugged languages ranging from Sanskrit, Latin and ancient Greek to Hindi, Malay, modern French, Italian and Navajo.