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Where founders pitch their ideas in a discussion format to Angel and VC investors. An opportunity to show their personality, explain their idea in spoken words and answer some challenging questions.
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Pitch Deck the Podcast Sara Essa

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Where founders pitch their ideas in a discussion format to Angel and VC investors. An opportunity to show their personality, explain their idea in spoken words and answer some challenging questions.
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    S1 E3 - Mirza: closing the gender pay gap

    S1 E3 - Mirza: closing the gender pay gap

    This week we are exploring the story of Mirza, a femtech meets fintech company on a mission to close the gender pay gap. Mirza is co-founded by a female team, Siran & Mel.
    Siran graduated with a degree in Gender Studies from Harvard and had expected to go into academia or nonprofit, but what started as a short skills pursuit in the private sector turned into a passion for leadership, management, and operations. Siran built the driver support organisation for Uber in New York and oversaw the support business for the US Northeast, before moving to London for a degree in Social Business & Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics. With Mirza, she’s gone full circle and looks forward to bringing together her passions: women’s empowerment, structural change, and building a company of the future. 
    After graduating from UVA, Mel began her career focused on building fast growth companies. From launching and scaling sales territories in Europe, to making college education more accessible, to managing a luxury real estate portfolio, Mel fell in love with the process of building a concept from the ground up. A lifelong ideator, Mel had launched side hustles and passion projects while working, but it was during her time at London Business School that she realised she wanted to go all in on her own business. Mirza is her second company and is the manifestation of her passion for equitable access for all women and the desire to operate in the social impact space. 
    **Since the time of recording Mirza have taken a slight pivot: using information from their platform they advise on the types of childcare that they need and the types of childcare that can financially afford at the time. Mirza helps tackle the delta between the two and through employers they help finance the portion of childcare costs that are unaffordable. In addition, they now generate data on employee financial health and policies that work to help employers to create better workplaces for working parents.
    If you would like to get in touch with Siran Cao at Mirza you can email her at: siran@heymirza.com.
    The next series of Pitch Deck we will be hosting EdTech and Future of Learning founders who are preparing to raise capital - if you would like to get involved, sponsor the next series or know someone who would be a great guest please get in touch here: www.pitchdeckpodcast.com.
    This series is brought to you by Juno: the life company, www.withjuno.com. To get 10% off your first 3 months use the code: PITCHPOD.

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    S1 E2 - Mini Mealtimes: a dietician in your pocket

    S1 E2 - Mini Mealtimes: a dietician in your pocket

    On the show today we talk to our first female founder of the series, Marie Farmer. Marie founded the award winning app Mini Mealtimes after worrying about her son's health and nutrition. And realising the only options for advice were either patronising, expensive or generic. She has been featured in numerous publications including The MailOnline, The BBC, The Metro and the Evening Standard.
    To address this short-fall, she formed an expert and passionate team to solve this problem. Together, they created an app that works as a ‘dietician in your pocket’. Mini Mealtimes provides age-appropriate personalised nutritional information for parents, helpful easy to action advice, and a bank of simple recipes and recommendations.
    If you would like to get in touch with Marie Farmer at Mini Mealtimes you can reach her at: https://www.minimealtimes.com/ or if you're interested in investing please email Marie directly: marie.farmer@minimealtimes.com.
    The next series of Pitch Deck we will be hosting EdTech and Future of Learning founders who are preparing to raise capital - if you would like to get involved, sponsor the next series or know someone who would be a great guest please get in touch here: www.pitchdeckpodcast.com.
    This series is brought to you by Juno: the life company, www.withjuno.com. To get 10% off your first 3 months use the code: PITCHPOD.

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    S1 E1 - Class-ify: the home for home workouts

    S1 E1 - Class-ify: the home for home workouts

    Kicking off the first series are the team from Class-ify. This series focuses on the Health and Wellness industry and we showcase founders who are currently raising capital.
    The idea for Class-ify was born out of the first Covid-19 lockdown in the UK by Dan Stott, Tristan Rushworth and Jim Beattie. They noticed that the fitness industry wasn't ready for classes going online so suddenly and created the home for home workouts. With the online home-workout space growing by 30% in the first half of the year, they realised this was being optimised by the celebrity and influencer trainers alone. This left a void for local gym, yoga and breath-work trainers (to name just a few!), who are known and loved by their communities with no platform to host and manage their home workouts and grow their communities all in one place, and that's where Class-ify comes in. In just a few months they have launched their MVP and onboarded numerous trainers who have 50+ paying members in their communities.
    Prior to Class-ify Dan spent the past 5 years at Elder joining as one their first employees, help to build from concept to £20m ARR and he was previously at JustEat where he was also one of their first sales team members and this is where he met Jim. Jim grew Just Eat's international product team from 0 to 100 people and most recently worked for OYO where he’s spent the past 3 years as their CTO. Tristan has recently finished up at the Bank of Ireland where he spent the past 5 years helping to launch a corporate banking franchise, generating >£50m income within 5 years and prior to that worked at Santander and Barclays. 
    If you would like to get in touch with Class-ify you can reach them at: www.class-ify.com or if you're interested in investing please email Dan directly: dan@class-ify.com.
    The next series of Pitch Deck we will be hosting EdTech and Future of Learning founders who are preparing to raise capital - if you would like to get involved, sponsor the next series or know someone who would be a great guest please get in touch here: www.pitchdeckpodcast.com.
    This series is brought to you by Juno: the life company, www.withjuno.com. To get 10% off your first 3 months use the code: PITCHPOD.


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Pitch Deck the Podcast: Introduction

    Pitch Deck the Podcast: Introduction

    Welcome to Pitch Deck the Podcast! I created this podcast after realising there’s a great deal we don’t learn about a founder or founding team simply from a powerpoint pitch deck and ultimately investors invest in people before they invest in an idea, so why not learn more about the people behind the ideas? Ask questions, invest in our guest's businesses or want to be part of a future series? Just email me on: sara@pitchdeckpodcast.com
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Great insights into thought & process behind startups

Interview podcast with the founders of Class-ify- a platform I hadn’t heard of but that I immediately went to check out after hearing the founders speak about the importance of personal connections and finding the right community for exercise, online and off. I love anything that is embracing the possibility for real connection online, so hearing the founders talk with Sara about the purpose behind their ideas was quite inspiring. Look forward to future episodes.

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