How to pitch your work to mission-driven investors

Rikard Steiber, CEO of Viveport, discusses the connection between virtual reality and the SDGs at Silicon Valley Opens Doors. Photo by: Catherine Cheney / Devex

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require impact investment and venture capital, as well as development finance. But how can entrepreneurs working on shared global challenges access that money?

Perhaps the single best way to learn how to pitch to investors is by sitting on the other side of the table. Last week, Devex had the unique opportunity to do just that — evaluating startup pitches as part of a social impact and mission-driven investor panel at the Silicon Valley Open Doors conference.

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    Catherine Cheney

    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.