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Perfect Start-Up Pitch with Marc Bass

December 26, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This is an unusual event in style of the popular American TV show – Shark Tank. The core of the original show: budding entrepreneurs present their start-up ideas in front of seasoned business “sharks”.

When you have only few minutes for a pitch to provoke an interest, it’s all about how you “sell” yourself, how you present and speak.

The main idea of this event is to make your pitch seductive for potential partners or investors. Marc will train you to adjust the pitch that way. He has heard tons of them, and he knows the most common mistakes and success factors. Now he is ready to share this knowledge with young Ukrainian entrepreneurs.

Marc is experienced in a wide variety of industries from entertainment and retail to finance and IT. That’s why your idea can be evaluated in a comprehensive way.

Event’s agenda:

– Marc’s short introduction

– Pitches from 5 presenters 5 minutes long each*. After each pitch, Marc gives his comments to presenter and his idea. He is going to evaluate the general impression from a presentation, if it is interesting or not. If it is not good enough, Marc will point out mistakes a presenter has made. Regarding each concept itself, Marc will tell his feelings if it seems real or not, is it believable for potential investors. If your idea is fine (or even great) and you present it in a nice way, Marc will help you to determine next steps; to create a simple roadmap for your success; determine your role in the path and what kind of help would you need on the way.

*presentation can be made in verbal or using slides

– Q&A session. Everyone has a chance to ask Marc any question he wants.

In the end of the event, we will conduct a draw for a gift certificate for 2-hours consultation from Marc!

IMPORTANT NOTE: we would like to underline that Marc is not an investor and he doesn’t provide any help in getting funding for your start-up but may be able to give you a few hint’s on how to get funding.


In order to attend this event, please, register:

If you would like to present your start up idea, please, register:

Don’t forget your ID!

Marc Bass – Chief Operations Officer at Trust Sourcing, a Cygility company –Trust Sourcing is an American Technology company with a development center in Kiev that creates web and mobile applications for US market. Marc has been involved in 78 Start Up’s over the last 29 years and one of his most memorable quotes is…”Your Best Teacher Is Your Last Mistake”!

Marc has started his first company at age 13. He attended The Ohio State University and graduated with degrees in Marketing and Accounting. After passing the test to become a C.P.A. he moved to California and six months later started his first “real company”. Marc loves “the process” especially helping people and companies buy products and services…he firmly believes the key to “selling” is Problem Solving. Always learning new ideas and on “the hunt” for his next adventure.

Problem Solving starts with asking a lot of questions and Marc has developed a unique way to get to the answers “Problems to Solve…not products to sell” is the way he does business and he believes after hundreds of successful transactions that it works!

Marc met his business partner, Haroon Elsarrag in 2007. Haroon introduced him to Ukraine at that time and he has been a “fan” ever since. He believes in Ukraine for a lot of reasons but mainly it’s the People! Smart, Educated and people here think about the best way to solve a problem, work hard and are not afraid to share if they have thoughts different then others. Marc spends over 18 weeks a year in Kyiv working “one on one” with our team to grow Trust Sourcing into a Global Technology Company. Working with the Trust Sourcing Ukrainian team’s has been one of the most exciting things he has ever done. Marc is not just looking to become successful himself but loves helping others achieve their goals and “live their dreams”. Marc is first generation American but his family migrated from the edge of Poland / Ukraine and his Father was born near Lviv. Marc is fascinated by Eastern Europe and feels very at home in Kyiv. Marc’s biggest handicap is trying to learn Ukrainian and Russian.


December 26, 2015
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


America House Kyiv


America House Kyiv
Пимоненка, 6
Kyiv, Ukraine