reSET, a Hartford-area non-profit social enterprise, is working hard to support the Connecticut startup community. One of the many ways the organization provides help is through its Flight Night startup pitch events.
ENTREPRENEURIAL PITCHES, EXPERT FEEDBACK
Flight Night, which occurs four times a year, brings together the Connecticut startup community at an event that includes entrepreneurial pitches and expert feedback from a panel of judges. The audience watches 3-minute pitches from startup teams and is encouraged to network with entrepreneurs and other members of Connecticut’s startup ecosystem.
“The events are designed to be fun and staged/unstaged,” explains Rosie Gallant, Director of Programs at reSET.
The first part of the event features pitches from entrepreneurs who have completed reSET’s LaunchPad for Impact accelerator program. In the second part of the event, names are drawn from a hat and startups are selected to present their pitches to the audience. “The idea is to lower expectations—you don’t know what to expect.”
The free events are open to the public. Gallant says the last event drew about 80 attendees who are all “checking out what’s going on in the entrepreneur ecosystem.”
No prize money is awarded to pitch presenters. The real incentive is to receive feedback and make connections. “The number one thing entrepreneurs need is feedback,” says Gallant. “It’s critical to entrepreneurs’ success and what we attract most for Flight Night.”
reSET Social Enterprise Trust is a nonprofit organization that supports Hartford area entrepreneurs by providing co-working space and accelerator and mentoring programs. The organization is working to advance the social enterprise sector by inspiring innovation and community collaboration with the strategic goals of being the “go-to” place for impact entrepreneurs, making Hartford the impact city and making Connecticut the social enterprise state.