Congratulations to Kardzee and SolRates, our tied winners from last PitchForce!
The last PitchForce of 2014 was a bit different than the previous year’s events. With the sudden date change due to the largest storm to hit the bay area in 10 years we had 5 promising companies in attendance. Justin Elkow, CEO of CloudGifts took first place after a clean sweep the night before at Silicon Valley ElevatorPitch. Justin is a true example of what persistence and hard work gets you.
Justin first joined the PeopleConnect event series when he competed at San Francisco ElevatorPitch on December 8th taking home a very close 2nd, he then came back and placed 1st at SV ElevatorPitch, and finally took home the gold at PitchForce! Congratulations Justin on a job well done and best of luck at the Keiretsu Academy and your VC firm meetings in 2015!
We had 4 winners at November’s PitchForce! UtilityAPI, a B2B SaaS company for solar and energy management companies tied for third with Blueboard, a rewards and recognition platform.
Coming in at second place was Clouddock, a company all the way from Dublin, Ireland looking to solve cloud fragmentation.
Cian Brassil, CEO of Clouddock, won over our judges with his creative and clean presentation and thought-provoking statistics about the cloud storage space.
In first was SchillerBikes. Judah Schiller, CEO of SchillerBikes impressed our panel with his innovative water bike and detailed presentation.
Merging iconic design and precision engineering, the SchillerBike was a first-to-market eye-opener to the world of water sports, luxury, and tourism. Winning PitchForce not only opened doors for our other particpants, but has also awarded Judah with two VC meetings and a Keiretsu Academy Scholarship!
October’s PitchForce led to another memorable night at Runway. Early-stage startup Nevados, a company aimed at decreasing the costs of solar panel installation, tied for second and third with PlayyOn, the LinkedIn for sports. Nevados grabbed the crowd with their knock-out demo during voting, and PlayyOn scored high with the panelists who brought them back in as the wildcard!
After yet another tie, there was one winner of the night, similar to September’s PitchForce who took home the meeting with our sponsoring venture capitalist firm, Javelin Partners. Fiskkit, the internet commenting site that simultaneously crowd-sources fact/quality checking won over the judges with their solid presentation and enthusiasm. Congratulations Fiskkit and all other presenting companies!
Wishi, the crowd styling platform that allows users to share their real closets and get styled by the community, takes first place at September’s PitchForce event! With their all-star advisory board including, Will. I. AM, Founder of DKNY Gally Mayer and President of Facebook Joanna Shields, WiShi is the company to take the crowd styling space by storm! As the winners of PitchForce WiShi receives a meeting with our VC Partner, Bloomberg Capital, which will take place within the next few weeks. Best of luck WiShi!
In second place is Trabliss, a platform for creating interest-specific trips online. And tied for third is Webpgr, an innovative platform that allows users to create interactive websites on an unlimited canvas, and Progrids, the judges wild card pick, that is redefining related product ads on websites. Congratulations to all companies for a job well done and best of luck on your future endeavors!
August 21st marks another memorable night for PitchForce with a huge crowd of close to 120 people and a diverse list of presenting companies. The event was sponsored by PeopleConnect, Fathom Law and Keiretsu Forum, along with VC firm Bee Partners.
It was all up to the attendees to cast their votes on the 9 companies demoing and with only 3 votes it was going to make for a tough decision. The companies pitching were Ladada, Guardingo, SmartyPans, Saphibeat, Cloudbase3, Martin Marino, Siva Cycles, Groopie and Flow State Media. The top five companies with the highest amount of votes were: Guardingo, Groopie, Ladada, Cloudbase3 and Siva Cycle. But, before their 4-minute pitch the remaining bottom 4 companies gave their 1-minute elevator pitch. It was a tough choice, but the panelists decided that Flow State Media would join the top five companies.
Our Panelists included Paul Weiss with Panthera Leasing, David Emerson with Harvard Angels, Matthew Le Merle with Keiretsu Forum, Eric Ferraro with Fathom Law and Patrick Henry with Perspectrum.
First place goes to Kahn Jekarl with Flow State Media!
Second place goes to David Delcourt with Siva Cycle!
And Third place goes to Laura Moreno with Ladada!
July 10th’s PitchForce event had all of it’s panelists pressed with their scoring decisions because of so many great companies pitching. The event was sponsored by PeopleConnect, Fathom Law and Keiretsu Forum, along with VC Javelin Venture Partners and XSeed Capital. There was also a large turnout close to 100 people who had attended the event to network, enjoy food and drinks and get introduced to some amazing companies!
All attendees are given three 1 million dollar bills that they will give to their favorite companies during the demo tables. It’s then the responsibility for the presenters to showcase their company as best as they can to as many people as possible. The ten companies present on July 10th were: Sensilk, Think Spider, Era81, Cognetik, ArtCorgi, Pinshape, Minutta, invi, Flipcause and PiP. The top five companies with the most one million dollar bills are awarded a slot to give their full 4 minute pitch. The remaining five companies are then instructed to give their 1 minute elevator pitch to the panelists. Of those five elevator pitches, one company is then chosen by the panelists to join the top five companies. This results in six total companies giving their full 4 minute pitch to the panelists.
Our Panelists included David Emerson with Harvard Angels, Lev Mass a Venture Partner at XSeed Capital, Inessa Obenhuber a Partner at the Seraph Group, Garrett Goldberg a VC and entrepreneur, Eric Ferraro with Fathom Law and Allan Young the Founder of Runway.
First Place was awarded to Pavel Cherkashin with Minutta, Congratulations Pavel! There was a tie for second place with Philip Rooyakkers (PiP) featured on the left and Emerson Valiao (Flipcause) featured on the right.
June 20th marked another successful PitchForce event hosted by PeopleConnect at it’s home in Runway located on 1355 Market Street. The ten companies that pitched were BidAway, Bit 6, Builder Lynx, Contract Live, Laflife, Live, LuckyPennie, Presentain, SoTrender and Spot Labs.
The Panelists included David Emerson of Harvard Angels, Garrett Goldberg a VC and entrepreneur, Kyle Kling an Associate at Fenox Venture Capital, Allan Young the Founder of Runway and Vincent Jacobs of Kima Ventures.
During the first hour of PitchForce each company is given time to demo in hopes of winning over the majority of the attendee’s votes. Each attendant is given 3 one million dollar bills to vote on their favorite companies and the top five companies with the most million dollar bills are given time for their 4-minute pitch to the panelists. The remaining five companies are responsible for giving a 1-minute elevator pitch to the panelists and await the panelists decision on which of their companies will be given the full 4-minute pitch time.
The five companies winning the most million dollar bills were Bidaway, Contract Live, Laflife, Presentain and SoTrender. The Panelists picked Bit 6 out the grouping of elevator pitches to also give their full 4-minute pitch. The Panelists gave 3rd place to Bidaway, 2nd place to Presentain and 1st place to Contract Live.
First Place goes to Mathieu Lhoumeau of Contract Live
On June 4th PitchForce and PeopleConnect were proud to host five French Tech companies that were looking to expand into the US market. The five companies are apart of ubi i/o and include: Fluid Topics, ContractLive, SUBLIME SKINZ, The CoSMo Company, Vade-Retro Technology.
The Panelists were impressed with all five companies and gave Contract Live first place, Vade-Retro Technology second place and SUBLIME SKINZ third place.
An added People’s Choice Award was also given to Antidote.
On May 13th PeopleConnect Staffing along with Fathom Law and sponsoring VC firm Javelin Venture Partners and Streamlined Ventures put on PitchForce at Runway Incubator in downtown San Francisco.
9 great startups set up demo tables and pitched their companies to the attendees, who each got 3 one million dollar bills to vote on their favorite companies. Loudr, TradeLab, FLYR, InYourClass and OptionAdmin won the crowd’s millions with TrustCentral winning the one minute elevator pitch. Each company gave their 4 minute pitch to the all star panel including: Allan Young of Runway, Noah Doyle of Javelin Venture Partner, Eric Ferraro of Fathom Law, and Paul Weiss of Waylan Capital and Ullas Naik of Streamlined Ventures. The panel voted FLYR, Loudr and OptionAdmin as their top startups.
March’s PitchForce was pure madness. We have never seen more energy at any of the hundreds of pitch events we have atteneded over the years. If you were not present, you seriously missed out on one of the top networking events of the year!
The evening began with an extremely competitive, 1-hour demo period. The 6 startups voted into the the final round for a 4 minute elevator pitch included: Skillsapien- a startup that allows individuals to purchase advice in hour chunks from high level execuatives. Mashgrams- a new, viral photo messaging app that includes licensed sounds to still frames Cloud Lending- A up-and-coming platform that allows for the simplification of giving/reciveing loans through the cloud. DealFlicks- A company that seeks to fill unsold theater tickets at steep discounts. OnVedeo- A highly scalable video company that allows anyone to produce high quality videos. National Academy of Athletics- A highly scalable athletic program for kids in under funded cities. Other participating companies included- Kulu Kuli- A new superfood appearing in the USA for the first time in the form of a nutrition bar. Fun2Rent- A peer to peer power sports renting and connecting platform. Audio Everywhere- A company that makes it possible to listen to TV audio in crowded and noisy places via their mobile application. Guess who took the top prize? If you guessed Cloud Lending… you are CORRECT! They scored a one on one meeting with Hummer Winblad who just signed a deal with our December 2013 winner, congrationulations Snehal! DealFlicks and National Academy of Atheletics tied for second place, great opportunities will surely arise as these two stellar companies continue to conquer the startup scene. The party continued at PitchForce’s first ever after party! Networking continued, laughs were shared, and ideas were planted. Do not let us catch you somewhere else April 9th. Be sure to hit up Christian at Christian@peopleconnectstaffing.com to nab your spot for an opportunity to score funding and exposure. Food was provided by the Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco. This unique program trains homeless and low-income individuals to become chefs and cater events. What a great way to give back! The food was delicious. Be sure to pay it forward and support this amazing ministry.
February yielded another excellent PitchForce event with a fantastic line up of 9 start ups on a mission to impress our panel of acclaimed venture capitalists and guests.
The 9 Start ups included offerings from… SimpleQL: A company that focuses on simplifying the creation of queries ConceptuaMath: A digital math curriculum for students age K-12 Apozy: A company focusing on gamifying network security BoARd3D: An augmented reality game focusing on bringing gamers together in person Saako Design: A Spanish company that designs high-quality scarves for consumers Accidentally Extraordinary: A headphone company producing high quality headphones from common materials Create: A real estate company aiming to simplify the reality process in San Francisco Inoviva: A healthcare company aiming to connect patients to the right practitioners Before-I: a new social network aiming to help its users cross off items on their bucket list. PitchForce also welcomed 14 students from the acclaimed Ohio school, Miami University! Miami’s unique San Francisco Digital Innovation Center sends students to San Francisco for hands-on learning in the Silicon Valley. Each student acquires an internship with a start up company in the Bay Area. This year’s students have internships ranging from up-and-coming dating applications, to game development, to high-tech motion capture for the entertainment industry, to even running start up of their own. Miami’s students also scored a lunch invitation from Jed Katz, a venture capitalist from Javelin Ventures. Lucky them! After a night of heated competition, SimpleQL’s Scot Gensler took the top prize. Congratulations! Sharing second place were Apozy’s Rick Deacon & Conceptua Math’s Arjan Khalsa All of these companies have scored 1 on 1 meetings with Javelin Ventures, best of luck with the next phase of you businesses, gentlemen. Food was provided by the Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco. This unique program trains homeless and low-income individuals to become chefs and cater events. What a great way to give back! The food was delicious. Be sure to pay it forward and support this amazing ministry. February’s PitchForce oozed creativity, bold ventures, and passion. We will see you on March 12th for an event that will surely once again raise the entrepreneurial bar.
What a great event this month! PitchForce showcased ten great start ups, three of which came from the Middle East!
On January 15th, PeopleConnect Staffing, along with Fathom Law and sponsoring VC firm Javelin Venture Partners, put on PitchForce at Runway Incubator in downtown San Francisco. The night began with an hour of networking, food, wine, and demo tables. Each of the ten companies showcased their startup to the attendees. After making the rounds to each demo table, the attendees then voted for their favorite companies. Once the demo table votes were tallied, 5 companies moved on to the next round where they were awarded a 4-minute pitch in front of a distinguished panel of VC’s, angels, and entrepreneurs. Those 5 companies were SpeedTrack, Trochet, Mena360, Coworks, and Althea Health.
After the 1-minute elevator pitches, the panel voted to have one company move forward to the last round of 4-minute pitches, choosing Blink Awards. Six of the ten companies then delivered their 4-minute pitch to an all-star panel that included Allan Young of Runway, Eric Ferraro of Fathom Law, Paul Weiss, and Noah of Javelin Venture Partners. After voting on each pitch, the winner was Mena360 based in Dubai, and coming in second was Trochet from Saudi Arabia
WHAT AN EVENT LAST NIGHT! PITCHFORCE SHOWCASED TEN GREAT STARTUPS AND THE AUDIENCE WAS FULL, INCLUDING A GROUP OF INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS FROM SPAIN & COLUMBIA.
The night began with an hour of networking, food, wine, and demo tables. Each of the ten companies showcased their startup to the attendees. After making the rounds to each demo table, the attendees then voted for their favorite companies. Once the demo table votes were tallied, 5 companies moved on to the next round where they were awarded a 4-minute pitch in front of a distinguished panel of vc’s, angels, and entrepreneurs. GoRefi, Eko Devices, Zipkick, PhysioCue, & Revolve Robotics won the crowd’s vote! The remaining 5 companies went on to present a 1-minute elevator pitch in hope’s to win over The Panel.
After the 1 minute elevator pitches, The Panel voted one company to move forward to the last round of 4-minute pitches choosing, Love With Food. Six of the ten companies, gave their 4-minute pitch to an all star panel which included: Allan Young of Runway, Eric Ferraro of LeClairRyan, Paul Twombly, Richard Mordini, & Mark Hampton . The panel voted Eko Devices, Love With Food, and ZipKick as the top three companies at November PitchForce, with Eko Devices & Love With Food tied for first! Congrats and Thank You to everyone who participated and attended November’s PitchForce. Be sure and check out our next PitchForce on Thursday, December 5th!
MAX SHAPIRO HOSTS FIRST EVER PITCH EVENT AT NEW SF INCUBATOR, DIGITAL GARAGE: OPEN NETWORK LAB GLOBAL PITCH 2013
On November 4, 2013 San Francisco’s newest incubator, Digital Garage, held its first Pitch Event, Open Network Lab Global Pitch 2013, moderated by Max Shapiro. Nine companies from the Bay Area, as well as, Japan presented a four-minute Pitch to a Panel of VC’s, angels, and Japanese business executives. The winner of the pitch received 3-months of free office rent at either the San Francisco or Tokyo Digital Garage incubator. Ubooly, a stuffed animal powered by your smartphone that quickly adapts to your child by entertaining and teaching at the same time, won the panel over and they received the grand prize! PITCHFORCE OCTOBER 10TH HAD A GREAT TURNOUT AND AWESOME PRESENTING COMPANIES!!! On October 10th, PeopleConnect Staffing along with LeClairRyan and sponsoring VC firm Xseed put on PitchForce at Runway Incubator in downtown San Francisco. The night began with an hour of networking, food, wine, and demo tables. Each of the nine companies showcased their startup to the attendees. After making the rounds to each demo table, the attendees then voted for their favorite companies. Once the demo table votes were tallied, 5 companies moved on to the next round where they were awarded a 4 minute pitch in front of a distinguished panel of vc’s, angels, and entrepreneurs. LoadImpact, TiWi Digital, CloudLeaps, GistCloud, and StudySoup won the crowd’s vote! The remaining 4 companies went on to present a 1 minute elevator pitch in hope’s to win over The Panel. After the 1 minute elevator pitches, The Panel voted one company to move forward to the last round of 4 minute pitches choosing, Crowd911. Six of the nine companies, gave their 4 minute pitch to an all star panel which included: Allan Young of Runway, Lev Mass of Xseed, Eric Ferraro of LeClairRyan, Assim Gupta, and Mark Rotham. The panel voted CloudLeaps, LoadImpact, and StudySoup as the top three companies at October PitchForce, with Cloudleaps placing in first! Congrats CloudLeaps! See you next month, November 7th, 2013, for the next PitchForce!