The Art of the Elevator Pitch

- Union Square Area (Exact location is provided upon registration completion.)


YJP is proud to present an exclusive, intimate roundtable series featuring top venture capitalists around the world. On November 19th, we are honored to host VIP Speaker, Andrew Ackerman, who runs Dreamit's UrbanTech Accelerator and sees over 2000 startups each year, selecting fewer than 20 to work with. Dreamit UrbanTech focuses on real estate, construction, and smart city startups.

Andrew will be joining YJP to address a select group of founders on the art of the elevator pitch. We are also excited to announce a very special and unique opportunity at this event...YJP will be selecting 2 lucky founders to present their elevator pitch to Andrew who will then help workshop and craft a flawless presentation. If you are interested in presenting, apply here for the chance to be selected.
(You will be notified 1 week in advance.)

****Please note: This roundtable discussion is for founders only****

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Andrew Ackerman
Managing Director, UrbanTech at Dreamit Ventures

Andrew is a recovering consultant turned serial entrepreneur, startup mentor and angel investor. He is currently in charge of the UrbanTech accelerator program. Andrew is also a contributing writer to Fortune, AlleyWatch, The 74 Million, et. al. Andrew began his career at Booz & Co consulting on strategy and operations for Fortune 100 clients. After a brief stint at Kaplan helping transition their traditional classroom test prep services into online products, he then joined as COO/Head of Product where he spent eight years building it from scratch to the leading provider of web services to the summer camp industry. After being bought out of Bunk1 in 2008, Andrew managed a family office where he was responsible for both incubating new ventures and for managing over $50M of alternative assets including hedge, private equity, and venture capital funds as well as a number of direct investments in private companies. Andrew was also the founding CEO of and has a keen appreciation for how hard it is to build a successful startup, even under the best of circumstances. Andrew received his MBA in Operations & Marketing from Chicago Booth (Beta Gamma Sigma) and a BA in Economics & Political Science from Johns Hopkins University (Phi Beta Kappa). He speaks Hebrew fluently as well as some Spanish, French & Japanese and is working on JavaScript. He currently lives on the Upper West Side of NYC with his wife and 3 daughters.

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Olga Bashkatova
Principal at NextStage LLC

Olga Bashkatova is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Accounting from New York University. She has extensive experience in the preparation of financial statements, accounting and audit management, budgeting, payroll and benefits management, software implementation, scaling financial operations, taxes and financial investigations. Olga has a passion for working with tech startups and has led the Finance team at 8 other startups. Currently, she provides accounting consulting services to various clients through her firm NextStage LLC. Prior to that, Olga served as CFO at Paddle8, Inc. where she participated in a post-buyout restructuring with the goal of achieving profitability in 12 months. She also served as Principal Accounting Officer at Function(X), Inc., a NASDAQ listed company, where she was responsible for all SEC filings and oversaw the divestment of 65% of the company's assets, several acquisitions and an S-1 filing.



Union Square Area (Exact location is provided upon registration completion.)


November 19th
Dinner + Cocktails + Networking (with YJP's Marketing and eCommerce network)
VIP Roundtable with Andrew Ackerman The Art of the Elevator Pitch
Dessert + Networking (with YJP's Marketing and eCommerce network)
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