The Ignite! Kickoff event took place on Tuesday, March 13, at Rocket Space in San Francisco. With 150 guests and ten great startups selected to compete in the Ignite! Fundraising event on Tuesday, the evening was a great success. Five startups went on to present their startup concept with the hopes of getting the opportunity to be the one startup to pitch their business plan to VC sponsor, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. The contest was a close run, with two outstanding startups winning the competition. EcoTensil and Core Mobile Networks, Inc. tied for first place. EcoTensil provides an innovative and ecofriendly brand of paperboard utensils that are both cost-effective and sustainable. Core Mobile Networks, Inc. brings you the most relevant information by combining information from Enterprise, Cloud and Social Networks straight to your mobile device based on your schedule. The two startups will be pitching their concepts to Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. In an unexpected turn of events, a third startup was given the opportunity to pitch, surprising everyone in the room. Tractus, a startup that brings a more cost effective, early cancer detection method for dense breasted women, came in third place behind EcoTensil and Core Mobile, Inc., and is the third startup that will get to pitch to a VC.
Thanks to the excellent turnout and the exceptional startups competing, the evening was a great success. The Ignite! team looks forward its next pitch event on May 3 at the Citrix Startup Accelerator in Santa Clara. Hope to see you all there!
by Alexis A. Ramos
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