08/04/14 – PITCH SF 2014 is now closed. Thanks to everyone that submitted their applications. We will be announcing the 10 PITCH finalists over the next 2 weeks.
PITCH San Francisco 2014 Startup Competition (PITCH SF 2014) is open to early-stage technology startups from around the world, including high-growth business ventures in mobile to web to hardware of all kinds.
Typical PITCH applications come from many technology industries: consumer web and mobile, enterprise, big data, edutech, biotech/medtech, cleantech, hardware and more….And startups apply from around the world; there are no limitations. We’ve had finalists from Vietnam, India, London, Canada and of course the US.
Past PITCH Outcomes:
Past PITCH Startup Competition Finalists have gone to incredible feats and started new journeys including:
- raising $1.2 million in seed funding
- joining the ranks of 500 Startups and Y Combinator
- getting acquired by the likes of Yahoo!
Bring your game face and get ready for an awesome competition that is vastly tweeted about in real-time. See you on the stage.
Our top 10 PITCH Finalists gain exposure to some of the biggest influencers and investors in today’s tech industry, in addition to exposure from a rich community of established entrepreneurs! If selected, female founders will be pitching on stage at the largest conference for women in tech and entrepreneurship, and competing for a grand prize PITCH package and a People’s Choice Award (given out separately).
The competition will start promptly after lunch both days of the conference and attendees will get to watch our finalists pitch and receive real-time feedback from our panel of investor judges. Attendees also get to play a role in the ‘judging’ process by voting their favorite PITCH finalist for the People’s Choice Award. Check out the full agenda for the conference here.
PITCH Live Judges
Partner, Google Ventures
Dave is a partner on the investing team at Google Ventures. His background is in building and leading fast-growing, highly technical organizations under pressure in ambiguous environments.
Dave joins Google Ventures from the executive leadership team of Kiva Systems where he helped grow the eCommerce-enabling robotics company to ultimately sell to Amazon for $775 million. Dave’s four years at Kiva were spent launching, leading, and growing several client-facing organizations. He established a reputation for consistently recruiting top talent and both building and leading high-performing teams. Dave played a key role at Kiva through its first year of integration with Amazon as the two companies partnered to maximize Kiva’s impact and shape Amazon’s perspective on industrial automation.
Dave’s career prior to Kiva included management consulting for The Boston Consulting Group and leading teams as a Captain in the U.S. military’s most elite units. His military leadership roles ranged from running a high-tech organization in Europe; to serving as an Aide de Camp to the Four Star General responsible for U.S. forces in Europe, Africa, and Afghanistan; to deploying with elite special operations teams worldwide, ensuring they were enabled by the world’s most advanced technologies. Dave holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Emory University in math and computer science.
Director, Mayfield Fund
Tim is a proven venture investor and experienced global executive. He has been named to the Forbes Midas list, as one of “12 Most Influential Tech Investors” by CNET, an Always On Digital Media & Power Player, and received the Gamification Summit award for Special Achievement in the industry.
Tim leads Mayfield’s consumer investing practice which focuses on areas such as the Internet of Things, consumerized health & wellness, crowdsourcing, collaborative consumption, mobile-first service and product marketplaces, vertical communities, and enabling platforms and services.
Tim has over a decade of investment experience with firms such as Northwest Venture Partners & Gabriel Venture Partners. His operational experience includes working in Japan for Gateway Inc and as a trilingual Engineer for General Motors, where he led project teams in China, Korea and Japan.
Tim holds a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MS in Electrical Engineering/System Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Partner, New Enterprise Associates
Patrick is a founding partner of The Experiment Fund, an on-campus venture fund founded by Accel, NEA and Harvard (www.xfund.com) and a partner at NEA. He is a director of 23andMe, Curalate, Euclid, FanTV, Lytro, MeCommerce, Philo, and Ravel Law, and is actively involved with Coursera, CrowdMed, IFTTT, Rock Health, and Upworthy. Past investments include Pulse (acquired by LinkedIn), Loopt (acquired by Green Dot), GoodGuide (acquired by Underwriters Laboratories), Xfire (acquired by Viacom), and Xoom (NASDAQ: XOOM). Prior to joining NEA, Patrick helped to grow ZEFER, an Internet services firm (acquired by NEC) to more than $100 million in annual revenues and more than 700 people across six global offices. Prior to ZEFER, Patrick was with McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in hardware, software, and services companies. Patrick received a joint JD-MBA degree from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Patrick was a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a Master of Science degree. Patrick earned his A.B. degree at Harvard College in Environmental Science. He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts bars, and a member of the Committee to Visit Harvard College.
David joined Maveron’s San Francisco office in 2012 to help identify new investments in Web companies that have the potential to become leading consumer brands. He sourced and led their investments in August Home and Darby Smart, and now serves on the boards of both. David appreciates what it’s like to be in the shoes of innovators—and you’ll often find him coaching entrepreneurs at top Bay Area incubators such as Y Combinator, AngelPad, 500 Startups, and Stanford’s StartX. His close ties to the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial community have led him to invest personally in nearly 30 start-ups, including Practice Fusion, Postmates, SeatMe, Beautylish, and Tile.
He began his tech career writing C++ code at Scitor and Synopsys. He subsequently spent a decade as an executive at Homestead Technologies, where he helped the company grow to more than 400,000 paying subscribers before its acquisition by Intuit. He then managed varied Intuit businesses and ultimately became a partner at Maveron.
David holds degrees in electrical engineering and economics from Stanford University.
Founding Partner, Y Combinator
Jessica Livingston is a founding partner at Y Combinator. She is also the organizer of Startup School, the big annual startup conference, and the author of Founders at Work, a collection of interviews with successful startup founders. Y Combinator was the first of the new startup “incubators” that fund a bunch of startups at once. Since 2005 YC has funded over 560 companies, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.
Partner, The Social Capital Partnership
Brigette Lau is a Partner at The Social Capital Partnership (“SocialCapital”) where she focuses on early stage investments in education. Previously she was the COO at SocialCapital from inception through the raising of their second fund and was responsible for all staff, infrastructure, legal and financial oversight.
She currently sits on the board of Descomplica – a leading, for profit education company in Brazil, Vittana – a non profit focused on student loans to deserving youth and CodeNow – a non profit focused on teaching technical skills to young people.
Previously, she held roles of increasing responsibility in sales, business development and engineering at several startups and large Fortune 500 companies including IBM.
Brigette graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo and has an MBA from Georgetown. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and three young children.
Principal at Forerunner Ventures
Eurie Kim joined Forerunner Ventures as a Principal in May 2012. Over the past 10 years, Eurie has evaluated and aided a wide variety of companies in their quest to define business models, identify target markets, and overcome operational and competitive challenges to drive growth.
Most recently Eurie was a management consultant at Bain and Company, where she advised large retail and e-commerce clients on strategy, acquisition opportunities, and consumer insights. Prior to Bain, Eurie was an associate at Castanea Partners, where she evaluated and led growth investments in consumer and retail businesses.
Beyond her experiences with established companies both large and small, Eurie also has a deep personal passion for entrepreneurship, which inspired her to launch, MAVN, an artisanal leather goods company catering to the needs of professional women. Eurie also served on the founding team of BYESSE, a European luxury brand incubator, which sought to invest capital and business support in top fashion designers around the world.
Eurie earned an MBA at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Founder & Partner at Cowboy Ventures
Aileen Lee is Founder of Cowboy Ventures, a digital seed-stage focused fund founded in 2012, and a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Aileen has been the Lead or Supporting Partner working with KPCB-backed companies such as Bloom Energy, Blue Nile (NASDAQ: Nile), Callaway Digital Arts, Friendster (acquired by MOL Global), Good Technology (acquired by MOT), One Kings Lane, Plum District, Rent the Runway, ShopKick, Tellme (Acquired by MSFT), and Zazzle.
She was also founding CEO of RMG Networks, the leading digital out-of-home media network backed by KPCB and DAG. Prior to joining KPCB, Aileen worked at Gap Inc. in various Operating roles. She has also worked for Odwalla and for The North Face in brand and product Marketing.
Aileen began her career at Morgan Stanley in Technology Mergers & Acquisitions. She has a Bachelor of Science from MIT, an MBA from Harvard Business School and she is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
PITCH Online Judges
Principal at Maveron LLC
Born and raised in New York City, Rebecca began working at Maveron in 2011 while earning her MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She joined full-time in 2012 upon completion of her degree. While at Stanford, Rebecca focused on entrepreneurship and leadership studies.
Prior to attending GSB, Rebecca was Special Projects Editor at Narrative, an online literary platform dedicated to bringing great literature into the digital age. She focused on driving revenue and scaling the user base as well as flexing her editorial muscle.
Rebecca earned her AB with honors in English and American Literature and Language at Harvard in 2008. Her passions include great novels, Russian literature (especially Vladimir Nabokov), tennis, traveling, and skiing. She lives in San Francisco.
Co-Founder at StarVest Partners
Jeanne Mariani Sullivan is a founding General Partner of StarVest Partners. StarVest is a New York based venture capital firm with approximately $400 million under management. Prior to StarVest, Jeanne contributed to building and growing many technology companies as a Partner with Olivetti Ventures where the team invested in over 40 early and growth stage technology companies. She has extensive operating experience prior at AT&T and Bell Labs where she was the Product Manager for a number of voice, data and software products including a high-end parallel processor at the forefront of digital graphics and image processing.
Jeanne has significant experience in creating “go to market” plans for growth and expansion stage companies and is a frequent speaker on the subject of getting funded as a tech company. You may find Jeanne playing golf or watching Yankees baseball if she is not meeting with a company.
Associate at Canaan Partners
Roseanne Wincek joined Canaan Partners’ Menlo Park office in 2012 and is an Associate on the Technology team.
Prior to joining Canaan, Roseanne worked as a product manager in both consumer and enterprise startups, including imthemusic, NextBio, and Wiser You. She was also an associate with McKinsey & Company in their Financial Institutions Group Practice, serving big banks out of the New York office.
Roseanne holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and served as co-president of the VC club. Previously, she earned an M.A. in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, where her research focused on applying single molecule techniques to the unfolded state of proteins. She also earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Angela Tran Kingyens
VC at Version One Ventures
Angela is the first analyst at Version One Ventures, a Canadian engineer and data scientist working and living in the Bay Area. She has a PhD in operations research and financial engineering, and is passionate talent development, data science and supporting women in tech. She was a partner of a start-up in the Bay Area where she recruited the brightest PhDs in the country, trained them to be data scientists, and then placed them at the top tech companies (Google, FB, LinkedIn, Square, Twitter, Palantir, etc.) and startups.
GM at Union Square Ventures
Brittany Laughlin is the co-founder of gtrot. Laughlin is an avid traveler, counting over 25 countries across all 7 continents, and wanted to make it easier for people to experience the world around them. She was described by Joanne Wilson as a ‘tenacious’ entrepreneur and has since been named to the Chicago TechWeek 100, a Chicago Entrepreneur to Watch and elected as a Top 50 Young Champion for Women. Prior to gtrot, Brittany launched two new products at American Express OPEN. During her tenure she was nominated for one of the company’s top honors: the Chairman Award for Innovation and was a two-time winner of the OPEN Innovation Award. Laughlin has a BS in Marketing and International Business from NYUâ€™s Stern School of Business and a minor in Film and TV from Tisch School of the Arts.
CFO at NopSec Inc.
Adam Quinton is CFO at Nopsec where he is responsible for financial planning and forecasting, budget management and investor relations.
Adam has over 25 years of global investing and management experience most recently at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was Managing Director and head of Global Macro Research. He was a top ranked telecom services sell side investment analyst in the UK, Asia and the US and a member of the FASB User Advisory Board. Adam founded Lucas Point Ventures to invest in and advise early stage companies.
He is a member of the Global Advisory Board for Astia and a Founding Angel at Astia Angel. He serves on the Advisory Board of leading board and executive search firm RSR Partners. In the not for profit space, Adam is a Board member at InternationalHouse New York and the Center for Talent Innovation.
Adam is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, SIPA. He holds a MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from Cass Business School, London.
General Partner at BlueRun Ventures
Jonathan Ebinger, Partner, joined BlueRun Ventures in September 2000 and is based in Menlo Park. He focuses on communications, media, and mobility opportunities.
Jonathan has 15 years of marketing and finance experience in the telecommunications industry. Previous experience includes Vice President of Marketing for Qwest Communications, and senior level positions at Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions and MCI Communications. In addition, Jonathan founded and successfully exited Simply Savings, Inc., an Internet shopping service.
He received his M.B.A. from Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, and holds a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech.
Principal at Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Rachel Pike joined Draper Fisher Jurvetson in 2010 and invests in enterprise, biology, and consumer internet companies. Prior to joining DFJ, Rachel completed her Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry and computer modeling at the University of Cambridge. During her time there, Rachel served as President of the Gates Scholars, worked on a field campaign in Malaysia, and delivered TED and TEDx talks on climate, technology, and innovation.
Previously, Rachel earned a B.A. in chemistry and a minor in African studies at Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, Rachel was a co-founder of Fusion Dance Company. She spent a year in Tanzania, where she studied at the University of Dar es Salaam and gained experience working on a Bus Rapid Transit planning project as an assistant consultant.
Principal at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures
Renee DiResta is a Principal at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), where she evaluates seed-stage investments. Prior to joining OATV in June of 2011, Renee spent seven as a trader at Jane Street Capital, a quantitative proprietary trading firm in New York City. She is interested in meeting interesting startups, data science, and improving liquidity and transparency in private markets.
Director, kbs+ Ventures
Taylor Davidson is the Director of kbs+ Ventures, the early-stage venture investment arm of the advertising agency kbs. Taylor focuses on investing in innovations in enterprise marketing and advertising technology, and in addition runs an internal educational program called kbs+ Ventures Fellows, which teaches kbs+ employees about venture capital and entrepreneurship. He co-curated the book Creative Entrepreneurship to share this eduational goal with anyone in the world. He is an advisor to a range of early-stage ventures and a mentor with TechStars NYC, Launch Pad and The Brandery. Over 12,000 entrepreneurs have downloaded one of his template financial models for startups, and thousands have taken one of his classes about financial modeling for entrepreneurs through Venture for America, General Assembly, and Skillshare.
PITCH Prizes (more prizes will be listed shortly)
Startup Legal Garage Package
- Acceptance into the program for the academic year from August 2014 to April 2015
- First priority to re-apply for the 2015-16 year
- Free legal services for corporate matters, such as incorporation, trademark registration, service agreements, review of financing documents, terms of service, and other intellectual property matters.
The Startup Legal Garage is the flagship program of the Institute for Innovation Law at UC Hastings College of the Law. The program provides free legal services for early-stage technology and biotechnology startups, with a focus on minority and women entrepreneurs. Under the supervision of top tier law firms, UC Hastings students work directly with clients on corporate and intellectual property matters, including incorporation, trademark registration, and service agreements.
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