Aristo, since its inception, has been involved with supporting start-up businesses.
Andrew initially prepared the finalists for the ‘Spark of Genius’ pitch competitions at the first two ‘Web Summits’ in Dublin through pitching skills and executive coaching.
This engagement with the ‘Web Summit’ led to Andrew’s engagement as the Pitch coach for the following Programmes over the years;
- DC Ryan Academy’s Propeller & Female High Flyers Programmes
- Wayra Ireland
- Invest Ni -PropelNI Programme
- Startupbootcamp Dublin
Aristo continues to provide coaching for start-up businesses who are supported by Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin Innovation Hub, Bank of Ireland Start Labs, Accenture FinTech and many more.
Here are some testimonials from some of Irelands most successful start-ups in recent years
"Our sessions with Andrew gave us a valuable opportunity to critically review our approach to pitching our story to prospects. We learned how to succinctly frame our pitch in the context of the prospect's problem and clearly articulate the solutions. It helped us to craft our story in a compelling way and really connect with our prospects. "
Áine O'Mahony | Rewrite Education | Business Development Manager
Niamh Collins | Director of Programmes & Operations | DCU Ryan Academy
Xeumei Germaine | Founder & CEO | MicroGenBiotech
"Andrew reminded me that a pitch is a story, and it's my job to make it as compelling as possible. My approach to pitching certainly changed with this in my mind. I have totally revised the pitch that I have been using for the past 12 months and will remind myself to regularly refresh it and critically think about the story I'm telling."
Shona D'Arcy | Founder & CEO | Kids Speech Labs
"Andrew helped us find the most compelling story that our brand could tell. Helped us coordinate our propositions and clarify our message.
We have started thinking about our brand through a far more human/customer-centric lens. It allows us to empathize with our customers and develop the strongest emotional connection. This has been essential for our branding and messaging."
Evan Mc Gloughlin | Co-Founder | Weeve
"Through the Alsessor AI program at Trinity College, I had the honour to have Mr Keogh as a mentor, helping my partners and me understand, visualize and perfect our investment presentation. His guidance and knowledge in this field have far surpassed any advisor I've previously worked with, and I see his teachings affecting many elements of our business while accelerating our company growth on multiple levels. I highly recommend his services to any business interested in growth and investment."
Jason P. Rothberg | Co-Founder | Xavatar
"Andrew's coaching helped me become a more confident presenter. Telling a story instead of presenting or holding a speech makes all the difference. I never thought I would ever say this – but I am actually looking forward to the next opportunity to pitch or speak in front of an audience.
After working with Andrew, I learned to structure my presentations differently and design them to make them more interesting for the audience – in particular, at the start of the presentation. I would highly recommend seeking out Andrew's expertise - his coaching makes a big difference in how you approach presenting in front of an audience.."
Katarina Antill | Founder | bonafi.ie
"Andrew is a brilliant communicator, a great and professional coach, and a mentor. I worked with him in the Alsessor AI Accelerator program at Trinity College / Altada. He contributed significantly to our journey as a start-up and he trained me to articulate our vision and story clearly and build a solid structure to showcase our pitch deck in the best way possible. The major takeaway from the training was being able to form a strong opening and closing, in addition to how to engage and capture the audience. I would highly recommend working with him."
Amy Awad | OpaMind | Co-Founder
"Andrew’s help and guidance was instrumental in preparing us for several vital stage presentations we had last year (2014) in New York, San Francisco, Germany, the UK and Ireland. His outside perspective on how we could better tell our story was incredibly useful, it’s easy to forget that internal stories do not always translate well outside the company. His techniques on communicating vital information points have become our default standard for all company communications. We couldn’t recommend him enough"
“I was delighted the way Andrew properly architected our message and helped create a compelling story to convey my message. The most important aspect of presenting I have learned is the need to entertain while telling your story. The process of getting engagement is not something I ever thought about prior to working with Andrew”.
“Coming from an academic background, Andrew has helped us to develop presentations for a business audience. Andrew really helped to transform our pitch into something that caught people’s attention. His advice was invaluable and we very much enjoyed working with him”.