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IGNITE! San Francisco is changing its name to PitchForce

Change is good, and we are embracing the chance to give IGNITE! a fresh coat of paint with its new name PitchForce. Not to worry, it will still be the same great event with fabulous startups and a great panel, along with the opportunity to network with some influential people in the startup community. Oh, and don’t forget the free food and drinks!

We are already beginning the selection process for our next PitchForce event on Thursday, November 8th. Please apply as soon as possible as we are selecting companies on a rolling basis. Just complete the online application and we will let you know in the coming weeks if you accepted or not. Best of luck!

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

June 2012 IGNITE! San Francisco Event Spotlight

Congratulations to Geeklist and EvenaMedical for winning the Ignite! Fundraisers event this past Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

The startups that were on the floor this past Wednesday had some great concepts to present to the attendees. From the 5-D virtual world of Real5D to the delectable food truck concept of Tin Can Cullinary, there was no shortage of ideas and…well, fun! Glomper‘s event sharing social media ensures that you are always in the know of what events are happening and which friends are there.

As for our winners, Geeklist allows for developers to create an online profile and share what they’ve accomplished, while EvenaMedical‘s vein viewing technology means that the missed veins at regular doctor visits and emergency situations that happen everyday, never have to happen again.

Don’t miss the next Ignite! Fundraisers event at Citrix Startup Accelerator in Santa Clara! The next event’s date will be posted soon, so don’t miss out! You can secure your tickets at Meetup.com or Eventbrite.com.


By Alexis A. Ramos

May 2012 IGNITE! Santa Clara Event Spotlight

The May 3 2012 Ignite! Event was held at the Citrix Startup Accelerator in Santa Clara. The new venue and great people of Citrix helped to create a wonderful energy, which brought the twelve chosen startups, their guests, and VC sponsors together in one room.

Of the twelve startups to be selected at the event, six were chosen to present and one startup was selected, by vote of our distinguished panel, to pitch to our VC Sponsor. For the first hour, guests got a chance to check out the wonderful innovation of the twelve startups at their demo tables. With a wide array of startups on the floor, from the wine tap technology of Purevin, to the eco-friendly fashion brought to us by Amour Vert, there was no lack of interesting ideas and entrepreneurial spirit.

The winner of the Ignite! Event was TourWrist, the app that allows users to create panoramas of their location and share them on TourWrist.com or other social media platforms. TourWrist was closely followed in the votes by LyfeChannel and Amour Vert.

To read more about the presenting companies at the May 3 event, see the Presenting Companies page.

Thank you to all of the guests who attended the May 3 Ignite! Event and we hope to see you at the next event on June 6, 2012 back at Rocket Space in San Francisco!


By Alexis A. Ramos

IGNITE! Winner Spotlight: EcoTensil

EcoTensil: A Greener, Safer Way To Taste

There were two winners from the March 13 Ignite! Fundraiser event and EcoTensil was one of the startups who pitched to Sierra Ventures. EcoTensil was founded in 2010, gaining immediate traction with the innovative and highly sustainable EcoTaster Mini tasting spoon, which is made from a smooth paperboard like a milk carton, and has already become a leader in the sustainable food packaging industry. EcoSecurity Utensil (ESU), has shared unexpected success in corrections facilities as a safer utensil.

All it takes is a spark to Ignite! a company towards sustained growth and the corrections industry provided that to EcoTensil. Corrections and mental health facilities across the nation were looking for an eating utensil that could not be used to cause harm to self or others. In a coincidental crossing of paths, Folsom State Prison reached out to EcoTensil in need of an eating utensil that was safe and sustainable. Since then they have grown to be in correction facilities in well over half the United States.

Retailers such as Whole Foods, as well as Manufacturers such as Stonyfield, and hundreds of others are using EcoTasters by the millions. Other product advantages, such as an 80% improvement in cube utilization over plastic, while boasting a 50% larger spoon area for a more satisfying tasting experience for customers, are why the companye™s utensils are replacing plastic tasters across the nation.

Beginning as an idea sparked by a car ride with the kids and a hankering for yogurt, only to discover there were no spoons in the car, Peggy Cross, founder and CEO of EcoTensil, has made disposable cutlery greener and safer, with improved functionality. EcoTasters are compostable, recyclable and use less material than any other plastic or biodegradable utensil option.

EcoTensil creates sturdy paperboard EcoTasters, EcoSpoons and SpoonLidz. The company’s EcoTasters have provided grocery stores and food producers a great way to sample their merchandise and help the environment at the same time. EcoSpoon is a larger, longer-lasting version of the EcoTaster, which is great for frozen yogurt shops, colleges etc. SpoonLidz is a convenient packaging lid that folds into a sturdy spoon for single-serve products like yogurt.

The products made by EcoTensil are both sustainable and cost-effective, creating growing sales traction and allowing the start-up to be close to running in the black. EcoTensil is working with angels to raise funds to expand existing product offerings and adding channels to meet market demand, including branded products, our new ice cream taster, Military MREs, along with international sales and licensing.

In the words of Founder Peggy Cross:

We are looking for angel investors with knowledge that could advise us in breaking into new markets and help increase the speed of our growth to take advantage of first to market advantages. It would be great to have an angel or two on the team that could support EcoTensil as a leader in the sustainable packing and food-service industries.

Indeed, the company has been called upon to supply companies abroad looking to go green with their environmentally friendly utensils. While EcoTensil products are just starting to become available internationally, hopes are high to take these cleverly made cutlery to the global market level.

For more information on EcoTensils please visit their website EcoTensil.com.

By Alex Garcia and Alexis A. Ramos

IGNITE! Winner Spotlight: Core Mobile Networks

At Ignite! Fundraiser’s most recent event held on March 13 at Rocket Space in San Francisco, Core Mobile Networks demonstrated their technology for One-Touch Assistant and mobile app, Corey Sales, and stood out as one of two winners of the startup competition. Core Mobile Networks™ CEO Chandra Tekwani, pitched the startup idea to Hummer Winblad Venture Partners last week. The company was founded in 2008, has obtained seed funding from Citrix Startup Accelerator and Hercules Technology Growth Capital and sees 2012 as the year for generating revenue and scaling their app.

Core Mobile Networks™ app, Corey Sales, debuted in 2012, obtaining 300 users within two weeks of its™ launch. Corey Sales provides one-touch access to the most relevant information by integrating Enterprise applications, Cloud based services and various news and social networks. By streamlining the way that we consume information, bringing multiple apps together on one small, user-friendly interface, Corey Sales makes it easier and more efficient to get the information you need, when you need it. The app is designed to act as a one-touch assistant by following your schedule and location, gathering information you input into Microsoft Outlook or Salesforce or Microsoft Dynamics or Oracle applications and extracting data that is most useful to you in real time.

Core Mobile™s One-Touch Assistant Corey allows the user to access and view the information from multiple systems on one screen, changing the way professionals in any industry obtain information. Corey Sales appeals to the needs of sales professionals & executives, bringing together meeting information, attendee profiles and relevant social media pages for actionable results. Core Mobile™s Corey Health, for medical professionals, provides One-Touch Instant access to patients’ medical records and treatment information, transforming the method and speed that medical professionals acquire patient records. Corey Pharma is another app, using the same technology, is currently in trials and targets pharmaceutical sales professionals and medical science liaison professionals.

With Core Mobile Technology being utilized in the sales industry and breaking into the medical field, the technology™s versatility gives the company an edge. Ignite! looks forward to seeing what new developments will come from Core Mobile in the future.

Ignite! Fundraisers will be holding the next fundraising event on May 3 at the Citrix Startup Accelerator in Santa Clara, featuring tech and green companies. We look forward showcasing exciting new technologies from the Valley and beyond. Hope to see you there!

By Alex Garcia and Alexis A. Ramos