Category Archives: Spotlight

January 2013 PitchForce San Francisco Event Spotlight

Last night we kicked off 2013 with a very successful PitchForce. We had such a great lineup of companies that there was a tie for the 5th presenter! So all in all, we had 7 companies instead of 6 pitch. The crowd happily accepted and really looked to be enjoying themselves and the judges commentary:

There was plenty of networking with entrepreneurs, VCs and angel investors as they enjoyed delicious dim sum and fine wine:

Well into the evening, Allan Young had a very insightful fireside chat with Sean Jacobsohn of our sponsoring VC, Emergence Capital Partners:

Finally, our winners were announced with a tie for second place between Next Principles and Mayvenn:

But our grand prize winners was the dynamic duo of Rentlytics!

We mustn’t forget our master tweeter of the evening, Tiffany Brown, who won our $25 gift card to Peet’s Coffee!

Thank you all for a fabulous night and we will see you at our next PitchForce on Thursday, February 7th!

By Melissa Glass

December 2012 PitchForce San Francisco Event Spotlight

Last night we hosted our final PitchForce of 2012, and I’d say we ended on a high note! We had a great crowd and another master tweeter, @alezante, who won the $25 gift card to Starbucks!

Our master tweeter with his well-deserved prize!

As for the winners of the actual event, we once again had a tie for second place with Slim.io and mSIGNIA. First place went to CandiControls who did a great job! We would also like to recognize and thank the Writer.ly crew for coming in all the way from Seattle, Washington! We really enjoyed hosting those lovely ladies.

From left to right: Paul Miller of mSIGNIA, Yair Levin of Slim.io and Max Shapiro, CEO of PeopleConnect

Max Shapiro with our first place winner, Steve Raschke of CandiControls.

Of course our night would not be possible without our great panel, fabulous keynote speaker and VC Sponsor, Chris Gottschalk of Blumberg Capital.

Our next PitchForce will be Thursday, January 10, and applications are already open to companies who would like to present. Best of luck and we’ll see you in 2013!

May you have a Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year!

By Melissa Glass

November 2012 PitchForce San Francisco Event Spotlight

A full house at RocketSpace!

We had such fun last night at the debut of PitchForce with a great crowd and a fabulous lineup of companies! Not to mention the very twitter savvy group of Spaniards that joined us, with @martinredigolo winning our $25 gift card to Starbuck’s! As for the winning companies, we had a tie for second place between Zyante and TESHUB Sports. The first place winner was Free Flow Wines, who were also kind enough to provide us with two kegs of wine for guests to try during the event. Yes, you heard me right, kegs of wine! Be sure to check them out.

Sam Taylor of TESHUB and Smita Bakshi with her co-founder of Zyante

Dan Donahoe of Free Flow Wines

We would also like to thank our fabulous panel for their great feedback and advice, along with our keynote speaker and VC Sponsor, Mitchell Kertzman of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.

Our next PitchForce will be Thursday, December 6, and applications are already open to companies who would like to present. Best of luck and we’ll see you in December!

By Melissa Glass

October 2012 IGNITE! San Francisco Event Spotlight

Last night the theme was “ties” as we had two companies tie for third and two for first place! We would like to extend a big congrats to Nephosity and PushToTest who both tied for first place. Nephosity will now have the honor of pitching to our sponsoring VC group, Claremont Creek Ventures, while PushToTest will get to pitch to Lightspeed Venture Partners. Finally, let’s hear it for CheckInOn.Me and LocalOn who both took home third place last night at our monthly IGNITE! Fundraiser event at RocketSpace in San Francisco.

We so enjoyed hosting ten great companies last night and look forward to our next IGNITE! event taking place on Thursday, November 8. A big thank you to all who help make this event possible, including our wonderful panelists, sponsors, presenters and of course, you, our guests!

See you in November!

By Melissa Glass

September 2012 IGNITE! San Francisco Event Spotlight

Congratulations to Paavo from Mobile Backstage for taking home first place in the monthly IGNITE! Fundraiser event last night at RocketSpace in San Francisco. We were very excited to host ten great companies, to demo and pitch to our audience and esteemed panel.

Also finishing in the top of the group for the evening were Jeh, from “yactraq”, Ben from Unifyo, and Wayne from RePowerCapital. Congratulations to these companies on their success.

Finally, a big thank you to all our panelists, presenters, and guests, for helping make IGNITE! such an great event. We will be back in RocketSpace October 11th, please check back soon for more details.

September 2012 IGNITE! New York Event Spotlight

On Tuesday, September 4th, Ignite! Fundraisers made it’s inaugural event in New York. At 6:00PM startup CEOs, angel investors, and guests began to stream in to the beautiful Microsoft building in midtown Manhattan.

A big congratulations to Zoli Honig from Chalkable for taking home first place with a score 20 points from the panel. Zoli has now earned the opportunity to pitch to the BDMI team as well as one month free to NestGSV.

Coming in closely behind and tied for second place were Krish Jayaram from Buyou Inc. and Tom Weingarten from Delve. All three of the top companies from the evening have earned a first round interview with Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator.

Finally a big thank you to our sponsors LeClairRyan, Microsoft BizSpark, BDMI, NestGSV, Traction + Scale, and Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator for making this event possible. The next Ignite! will be back at RocketSpace in San Francisco on September 18th. Click here to reserve your seat today.

By Brian Hertzog

August 2012 IGNITE! San Francisco Event Spotlight

Congratulations to Chris Dyball from Groupiter for taking home first place at our August 9, Ignite! Fundraiser event at RocketSpace in San Francisco.

It was a great, energy-packed evening on Thursday, with ten companies eagerly waiting to pitch in front of our veteran panel of VC’s and angel investors. Ryan Stevens from Trace was awarded second place after making it out of the one minute elevator pitch round and Kirk Deininger from FromVerse came in only one point behind to take home third.

Groupiter will now get a meeting with Blumberg Capital, our sponsoring VC for the August Ignite! event. Best of luck to Chris and his team with the presentation!

Thank you to all who participated in on Thursday night. Ignite! would not be possible without our amazing guests, panelists, interns, and presenting companies. The next Silicon Valley event will be back at RocketSpace in September. Check back soon for the date and information about how to reserve your seat.

By Brian Hertzog

July 2012 IGNITE! Santa Clara Event Spotlight

On Thursday, July 12 Ignite Fundraisers was proud to host ten innovative companies at the Citrix Startup Accelerator in Santa Clara. After an exciting hour of networking, pitches, and demos, five companies were given the opportunity to present in front of an esteemed panel of silicon valley veterans.

A big congratulations to Spyra Games who emerged as the top company of the night, with 23 out of the possible 25 points from the judges. Spyra will now have the opportunity to pitch privately to LightSpeed Ventures. Yet, the competition on Thursday night was so great that the 2nd place company, MediCue has also earned a private presentation with K9 Ventures. Congratulations and best of luck to both companies with their future presentations!

Finally, there was a three-way tie for third place between three exciting tech companies. Engajer, Coringi, and CoreMobile all earned 19 points from the judges. Congratulations to all these companies for their outstanding accomplishments.

Our next event will be held August 9, at RocketSpace in San Francisco. Click here to reserve your seat today. See you there!

By Brian Hertzog