Thursday September 26th, Tech Coast Angels hosted their 7th Annual Quick Pitch Competition at Qualcomm headquarters. The lobby bustled with impressive ideas, hungry entrepreneurs and a sprinkling of angels looking for opportunities.
Linda Wells, Executive Director said, “The primary objective for the Quick Pitch is to foster the entrepreneurial spirit and promote investment opportunities.”
And it did.
Over 200 eager startups applied for the journey months out from the competition. Mentors were assigned, and the new businesses underwent the transformation to viable investment. Ten finalists presented to the crowd of over 500 leaders in the entrepreneurial community and to the diverse panel of judges.
Each had two minutes to sell their idea. The ten presentations ranged from medical devices to interactive social sharing platforms. Scores were given for content as well as presentation style.
The big winner of the evening, Ovopal — the first wearable technology to track fertility and transmit readings to your mobile app. Co-founder Giovanna Scheidler embodied the excitement with a big smile and not only took the judges, but the crowd as well, winning the audience award by a mile.
In matching orange shirts and a rocking’ presentation, Rock My World, Inc. won for style — a sensor-based fitness wearable to align your music with your pace and keep you moving!
The content award was given to Abreos Biosciences, an easy-to-use testing tool to ensure the integrity of pharmaceuticals.
And last — drumroll please… The Startup Garage gave a surprise award for the company with the greatest potential, “Beyond the Garage” was awarded to Sqeak16. The mobile sharing platform allows you to speak to, doodle on and zoom in and out of pictures to create video in a conversational format. We look forward to working with them!
Overall the evening was a huge success. We even met up with Dustin Bradley, a client and founder of FlipManager.com.
Tech Coast Angels is the largest network of angel investors in the US and is the number one source of startup funding in Southern California. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event. Visit the Tech Coast Angels website for more information.