Oct 12, 2020
On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, we
included a recap of our Startup of the Year online pitch event that
we hosted, where we featured Black Founders.
We had an amazing group of companies presenting their pitches.
The startups included: CPRWrap, Freeman Capital, SoLo Funds,
Thermaband, and Youth Enrichments
Additionally, the event was presided over by an incredible
group of judges that included Shila Nieves Burney the Founding and
Managing Partner at Zane Venture Fund; Edward Jean-Louis a Partner
at Tale Venture Partners; Aubrie Pagano a General Partner at
Corigin Ventures; and Christie Pitts a General Partner at Backstage
Congratulations to Freeman Capital for winning the Pitch
Competition! They are now one of the Top 100 Semifinalists at the
8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit. Youth Enrichments also
had the honor of taking home the People's Choice Award.
During the episode, we also hear commentary from some of our
Established Team members. Rich Maloy from Established Ventures
pitches in with the “VC Minute” to provides some advice for
planning the amount of capital that a company should set out to
raise. We also hear from our VP of Programs, Lori Thiel, with her
favorite part about the upcoming Startup of the Year Summit being
virtual this year.
Please join us for our upcoming 8th Annual Startup of the Year
Summit which will be held online on November 16-18. The Summit is a
curated experience for emerging founders, seasoned entrepreneurs,
corporate innovation leads, accelerators, and investors to build
relationships that fuel success. Summit is also the culmination of
the 2020 Startup of the Year competition, and attendees can expect
some of the following:
- The winner can take home up to $20K in potential investment
from Established Ventures.
- There will also be curated connections for the Top 100 with
investors and corporate leads.
- We also plan to have keynote speakers, such as Tim Draper, Mary
Grove, and more.
- And attendees will have the opportunity to network with expert
judges and mentors, such as, Phil Nadel, Lesa Mitchell, Erica
Minnihan, and more.
- All programming across the three days will be complimentary for
- We're building a flexible schedule so that you can best fit
programming into your day while not having to miss out on anything
- meaning both our featured speakers and helping with
- Attendees can also participate during 'Ask Me Anything'
Sessions with industry experts.
- Fireside chats from Mike Evans, the co-founder of GrubHub;
Rohit Bhargava, the Founder and Chief Trend Curator at the
Non-Obvious Company; Meredith Fineman, the Founder of FinePoint and
Author Brag Better; and many more.
- You can lean more about the Summit and register for the event
This year’s Summit will also highlight the special .US Veteran
Startup of the Year category and there will be a $10K non-dilutive
cash prize given to a startup founded by a US Veteran - spouse or
dependent. Please get your free .US domain today by going to the
following link: soty.link/dotusplus
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