James Lim, creator of haamoniismooth
distilled beverages, was our first elevator pitch contest winner. He
cruised across the country for his in-person coaching and stopped by
the studio to talk about his business plan, his elevator pitch and the
value of the experience.
A spirited entrepreneur from “the
Land of the Pitch” in Silicon Valley, James was inspired to quit his
job in the financial industry to pursue his dream of starting his own
business. He gathered together some capital and created
Haamoniismooth, an ancient Japanese distilled spirit. James submitted
his elevator pitch for his product on our website and was picked as an
entrant in the contest.
When asked how he edged out the competitors, James gave these tips. First, follow the guidelines on creating an elevator pitch
provided by StartupNation. Second, beg your family and friends to
vote! James advocates that the elevator pitch is a useful tool when
approaching investors and believes the contest has been a very
beneficial and enjoyable experience!
Left to right: Joel Welsh, James Lim,
Rich Sloan, Jeff Sloan (and Max!) at the
StartupNation Chief Community Officer
Joel Welsh with Elevator Pitch Contest