Business Over Breakfast: The Art of the Pitch

admin January 6, 2017

November 20, 2015 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Technology Innovacorp Centre
1 Research Dr
Dartmouth, NS B2Y
902.424.8674 x 1404

A pitch is one of your start-up’s most powerful tools. It tells your story, persuades folks why your product, business model and team are great, and – please, please – helps you secure investment dollars for your venture.

Join us on Friday, November 20, to hear from our experienced panel – who’ve pitched and been pitched at – on how to give a solid pitch presentation. Learn what slides to include in your deck, pitfalls to avoid, and how to address questions effectively.

Chris Burns, President & CEO, Novonix Battery Testing Services Inc. ( – Chris recently earned his PhD in physics from Dalhousie University. His start-up, Novonix, is a spin out of Dalhousie’s Jeff Dahn Research Group. The company produces high precision battery test systems, able to quickly determine how small changes in rechargeable lithium-ion battery chemistry will impact long-term battery performance. Chris is an I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition winner from 2014.

Kevin Sullivan, CEO, Appili Therapeutics ( – Kevin has more than 15 years of experience with early stage biotechnology companies. Over the years, he has raised more than $35 million in private equity and non-dilutive government funding. Most recently, Kevin was CEO at DeNovaMed Inc., a biotechnology company focused on development of novel antibodies to fight infections. Prior to that, he was COO at Viron Therapeutics, where his team developed five novel anti-inflammatory drug candidates, including a lead program that was advanced through to completion of a Phase II clinical study. Kevin is an active mentor and volunteer advisor for several biotechnology start-ups.

Greg Phipps, Managing Director of Investment, Innovacorp ( – Greg is an investment, finance and operations professional with extensive start-up and business building experience. He has more than 15 years of venture investment management, 20 start-ups and 60 equity investment transactions under his belt. At Innovacorp, Greg is responsible for managing the team of five investment professionals as well as providing hands-on business growth guidance to the technology companies in his portfolio. For 11 years prior to joining Innovacorp, Greg served as the Atlantic region’s director of venture capital for BDC Venture Capital.

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