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Are You Venture Investible: Non-Obvious Roadblocks and Red Flags When Pitching Game VCs

Jason Della Rocca  (Co-Founder, Execution Labs)

Date: Wednesday, July 21

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Business & Marketing, Production & Team Management

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I prefer to present live on-site but I am open to delivering a virtual presentation

Despite the influx of capital and new game-focused venture funds, scoring a juicy VC deal remains elusive for most developers. This session will uncover the underlying truths of how venture capital works, and how it differs from other sources of funding. Concepts such as business model and ambition alignment, the effect of traction and proof points, the timing of funding rounds relative to risk, and the impact of the co-founding team will all be explored. VCs play by VERY different rules than publishers, and you need to understand what they invest in, how their economics work, and what kind of red flags and roadblocks will turn them off. Finally, a VC-oriented pitch template will be reviewed to reinforce these differences.


Attendees will walk away with a clear understanding of how venture capital works, and whether it is a suitable source of funding for their situation.

Intended Audience

This session is intended for indie entrepreneurs and studio founders who plan to approach (or are actively pitching) VC funds for investment.