Northwest Ohio’s largest entrepreneurial networking event, Pitch & Pour, will take place Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex at The University of Toledo.
“We are seeing a true technology community developing here at LaunchPad Incubation and all around northwest Ohio,” said Molly Reams Thompson, director of LaunchPad Incubation at UT. “We expect some of the teams competing will be extended an invitation to join the LaunchPad, but all of them will get to experience the exciting dynamic of investors, business leaders and other new tech companies coming together to celebrate innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit taking place in the community.”
This year’s competitors include a diverse range of tech companies: T & E Designs, which makes prosthetic joint models for special testing; Daily Fantasy Cricket, which offers an online fantasy cricket experience; Grocery Heroes LLC, who have developed an online grocery shopping service platform; StatSims, a developer of a unique NFL football prediction system; Petrichor, an automation services and web software company; and Happinin, which has developed a social media mobile application for places and events.
Some of the companies have products and services already generating revenue in the marketplace, but all have been deemed to have potential for success and growth by the event selection committee. More than $10,000 in cash and prizes is available for winning companies.
Pitch & Pour judges will be Jason Bacher and Brian Burge, co-founders of Good F***ing Design; Kristin Kiser, senior director of digital strategy for Communica Inc. in Toledo; Richard Shulman, a lawyer turned mobile app developer; and Bradley Hoos, head of community partnerships and co-founder at Grand Circus in Detroit.
“This year’s judges are amazing,” Thompson said. “They are dynamic strategists, marketing leaders, designers and business consultants with significant hands-on experience with entrepreneurial ventures. I believe they will be insightful and entertaining for the crowd, too.”
Teams have five minutes to pitch their business concepts. Investors, bankers, startup companies and future entrepreneurs will learn about the companies and their potential, and receive helpful insight from the judges. UT students will get a taste of what the funding process for starting a business looks like.
“While there are a number of technology-related events in the area, Pitch & Pour is unique in terms of the energy, entertainment and level of networking that takes place,” Thompson said. “The event offers music, great food, local microbrewed beverages, and the opportunity to mix with tech companies, investors and budding young business talent. This will be a great event for Toledo businesses, students and the tech community.”
Pitch & Pour is being held in conjunction with UT’s second annual uHeart Digital Media Conference, which will take place Thursday and Friday, Oct. 9 and 10, at the Radisson Hotel on Health Science Campus. For more information and to register, visit uHeartDigitalMedia.com.
UT’s LaunchPad Incubation Program works to bolster innovation in northwest Ohio by providing access to capital, resources and expertise focused on enhancing community collaboration and communication for entrepreneurial development.