How to give an effective pitch – Lecture

Sunday, September 20th 2020

00:13 – 00:13 (GMT)

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No matter how great your business idea is, it won’t sell itself. Crafting a great pitch could be the difference between success and failure. But how do you actually prepare and what are the ingredients for a knockout pitch? Come on Wednesday 22nd February at 18:00 and listen to Tom Hulme, a world-class speaker with extensive experience on both sides of the pitching process, currently working as a General Partner at the Venture Capital firm GV, part of the Google family.

Tom is a serial entrepreneur/designer with extensive experience in business and investment. He has founded two successful companies – Magnom Corporation and OpenIdeo, raising millions of dollars in capital. He has also worked as a managing director of Marcos Sportscars, diversifying the company and negotiating its sale to a private group. He has personally invested in 21 companies as an angel investor.

Tom holds an MBA from the University of Harvard and a 1st class honours degree from the University of Bristol. He was named as Wired Magazine Top 100 Powerbroker in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and listed as one of London's Most Influential 1000 people by the Evening Standard in 2012. He was also named as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, and is an advisor to London’s Tech City, a government initiative to promote East London as a technology Hub.

He recently delivered a TED talk on building a product people really want.

After the seminar there will be an opportunity for networking, so whether you have an interest in innovation, possess skills or advice to offer to startups or are an establihed entrepreneur, we look forward to seeing you for what promises to be a fantastic evening.

This session is part of a series on entrepreneurship in health and life-sciences organised by Innovation Forum Oxford, in collaboration with the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine.

This lecture series is a part of the IMAGINE IF! accelerator programme, designed to inspire and foster grassroots innovation. The business idea competition provides support, mentorship and opportunity to secure $30,000 of non-diluted capital.

Note: If you are already registered for the complete lecture series there is no need to register again for this event. Please send any booking queries to [email protected].


17:30 - 18:00


18:00 - 19:00


19:00 - 22:00



Tom is a general partner at GV. Prior to GV, Tom was a design director at IDEO Europe. He founded OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform where 100,000 users from more than 170 countries solve challenges for social good. Tom also launched OIEngine, a SaaS platform with clients including Harvard Business School and the Knight Foundation.
Prior to IDEO, Tom was managing director of Marcos, a British sports car manufacturer and founded Magnom, a magnetic filter startup. Tom’s filter designs have been widely used in Formula One, superbikes, agricultural equipment, and central heating systems.
Tom has also angel-invested in more than 20 companies, including as the founding investor in Mile IQ (sold to Microsoft).
Tom has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and has been featured in WIRED UK’s Top 100 Digital Power Brokers list every year since the list was established. He has also been included in the Evening Standard list of London’s 1000 Most Influential People.
Tom earned a first class bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Bristol, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he received the Baker Scholar Award of high distinction. He also received an honorary doctorate from University of the Arts London.


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