FundingPost proudly announces the start of its sixth annual Pitching Across America™ competition today. FundingPost, which has been introducing entrepreneurs to investors for over 8 years, established the competition in 2004. In the past 5 years more than 500 Venture Capital Funds and Angel Investors have participated as judges, voting on over 1,000 business summaries from emerging companies nationwide. They have been the largest Venture Capital competitions ever organized. The Pitching Across America competition not only showcases emerging companies to investors, but helps Venture Capital and Angel Investors quickly identify worthwhile investment opportunities. Many of the judges request additional information and meetings with the participating companies. FundingPost expects to duplicate its success from previous Pitching Across America events again this year.
The emerging companies' executive summaries will be evaluated on a scale of 1 to 10. Judging criteria consist of several key points including: the professionalism of the written summary, current stage of development (customers, revenue), competitive advantage and need in the marketplace, feasibility for success, and whether the company is "VentureWorthy™."
"We are excited to be running Pitching Across America again this year! In these tough times we have been seeing an increase in entrepreneurs looking to raise capital, and despite the economic climate there are still plenty of investors actively seeking deals,” said Joe Rubin, Director, Fundingost. “Pitching Across America™ offers start-ups a great opportunity to get their business plan in front of the right people. The response from both entrepreneurs and the venture community regarding the value of the competition in past years has been tremendous. We look forward to another successful competition.”
The 2008 National Winner of Pitching Across America was iCopyright. iCopyright solves a problem that is common for online publishers: Allowing users to copy or share articles quickly and easily while protecting and tracking the publisher’s content on the World Wide Web. iCopyright is used by Advanstar, Associated Press, Boston Globe, Cygnus Business Media, Globe & Mail, Investors Business Daily, Penton Media, Reuters, SourceMedia and many other publishers. Since the announcement as Top Emerging Company, CEO, Mike O’Donnell, reported iCopyright has raised $1.2M.
Participating Angel and Venture Investors in this year’s competition include: .406 Ventures,
2x Consumer Products Growth Partners, Applied Ventures, LLC, Arcapita Ventures, Arris Ventures, Asset Management Company, Atrium Capital, Aweida Ventures, Battery Ventures, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, BEV Capital, Blue Point Capital Partners, Brynwood Partners, Canaan Partners, Compass Technology Partners, Connecticut Innovations, Core Capital Partners, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, D. E. Shaw Ventures, Delaware Crossing Investor Group, Eastman Kodak Company, Edelson Technology Partners, Edison Venture Fund, El Dorado Ventures, EnerTech Capital, Expansion Capital Partners, LLC, First Analysis Venture Capital, First Round Capital (and NY Angels), Gabriel Venture Partners, GlobalTech Ventures, Golden Seeds, Graham Partners, Houston Angel Network, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Hunt Ventures, IBM Venture Capital Group, i-Hatch Ventures, Innovation Ventures, Intel Capital, International Venture Fund, JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network, Keiretsu Forum, Liquidity Works, MentorTech Ventures, Meridian Management Group, Inc., Meridian Venture Partners, Middlebury Venture Partners, New Markets Venture Partners, New York Angels, Newlight Associates, North Bay Equity Partners, North Sea Ventures, OmniCapital Group, Originate Ventures, Pacific West Land, LLC, Piedmont Angel Network, Pond Venture Partners, Psilos, Rho Ventures, Sand Hill Angels, Saratoga Equity, Inc., Schneider Electric Ventures, Security Growth Partners, Silver Creek Ventures, StarVest Partners, Stolberg Equity Partners LLC, Stonehenge Growth Capital, The Cornell Group, Vencon Management, Inc., Yun Capital, ZINO Society, TechGenii, Inc., Media4Equity, LLC, CLSA Capital Partners, The Argentum Group, Delaware Economic Development Office, Sevin Rosen Funds, Open Prairie Ventures, Golden Seeds, Angel Capital Group, Best Buy Capital, SV Life Sciences, NeoCarta Ventures, Bloomberg Ventures.
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