Pitch Night & Investor Panel Discussion With Ignition Partners & Sand Hill Angels
Date: March, 6 2018
Don’t miss our Pitch Night and Investor Panel Discussion for your opportunity to pitch to, network with, and hear from Preeti Rathi of Ignition Partners & Jim Connor of Sand Hill Angels.
Preeti is an investor at Ignition Partners and is actively investing out of the firm’s fifth, $200 million fund. Ignition is a well known VC firm with over 60 successful exits from companies such as Splunk, Cloudera, Heroku and Apptio, to name just a few.
Jim is an investor at Sand Hill Angels, one of Silicon Valley’s largest angel investment groups, with over 170 investments to their name. Jim is also a successful entrepreneur, having sold his previous company SymPro, Inc., to JP Morgan Chase & Co. and is managing that subsidiary as President.
Seating is limited, so reserve your ticket now.
The event will start with a round-table discussion where our investors will talk about the fundraising process and what it takes to successfully raise funding. Pre-selected startups will pitch to the investor panel for 5 minutes with their slide deck, followed by feedback and Q&A from the investor panel.
Whether you are attending as an audience member or have been selected to pitch, all attendees can learn from these investors, their quality feedback and unique insights. Connect with these investors afterward during general networking, and create a relationship with them and their firms.
If you are a startup founder or entrepreneur, this is an event you don’t want to miss!
Dinner and drinks are provided. Free parking available.
Seating is limited, so reserve your ticket now.
HOW TO APPLY TO PITCH
Apply using the link below for an opportunity to pitch your company to the investor panel. You must purchase a General Admission ticket to submit your pitch deck for consideration. All pitch deck submissions must be in a PDF format.
Selected companies will have 5 minutes to pitch their company, including slide deck, to the investor panel. Questions and feedback from the investor panel will follow for an additional 5 minutes. There are a limited amount of pitch slots available, so submit your pitch deck now for consideration.
Founders Floor is a co-working accelerator for tech startups in San Jose. We host regular, informative startup events in the Bay Area, bringing entrepreneurs and industry experts together to learn and network. Find out more about our accelerator program here or our other upcoming startup events here.
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Registration and networking
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Investor discussion & startups pitches
8:00pm – 8:30pm: Meet the investors and network
Preeti Rathi is a principal at Ignition Partners, an early stage business software venture capital in Silicon Valley and Seattle. Preeti is passionate about working with and helping companies grow from seed or Series A startups to scalable businesses with significant traction.
Prior to joining Ignition, Preeti was at Opus Capital, where she invested in ML focused company Turi (f.k.a Graphlab, acquired by Apple) and Edunav. She has also held various roles in product management and development in the areas of Enterprise Edge, SDN, and Mobility. This included defining product strategy and roadmaps for $1B revenue products like the ASR 9000 Series.
Sand Hill Angels
Jim is an investor at Sand Hill Angels and has been investing in and advising emerging technology companies since 2007.
He is the CEO of First Focus Learning Systems and Producer/Host of the talk show Game Changers Silicon Valley. He serves as a board member of Liftopia, Tabtor, KMVT Silicon Valley Media, the Angel Capital Association and Startup Learning. He currently serves =as President of First Focus Learning Systems and was previously President of JPMorgan SymPro providing treasury and portfolio management software solutions.
Who Should Attend
Startup founders looking to raise funding, and entrepreneurs and founders who want to learn about the fundraising process and meet investors. This is an opportunity to pitch a panel of investors and receive constructive, quality feedback that’s specific to your company. This is also a great opportunity for any founder to fine-tune their pitch delivery for a specific time limit, gain further experience holding a mic, and speaking in front of large crowds.
In addition, startup founders and entrepreneurs who are NOT ready to pitch are welcome to attend as audience members. This can be a highly valuable learning experience to better understand the pitch process and what investors look for as well as learn from feedback given by the investor panel, then, apply these learnings to your own startup!
The Pitch Night Format
The event will start with a round-table discussion where our investors will talk about the fundraising process and what it takes to successfully raise funding.
Selected companies will then have 5 minutes to pitch their company, including slide deck, to the investor panel. Questions and feedback from the investor panel will follow for an additional 5 minutes.
Use the below URL for an opportunity to pitch your company to the investor panel.
All pitch deck submissions must be in a PDF format. There are a limited amount of pitch slots available, so submit your pitch deck now for consideration.
Free street parking
Abundant street parking is available for free after 6:00 p.m. in downtown San Jose. Streets closest to Founders Floor with free street parking are Santa Clara St., North Market St. and St. John St.
Free parking garage
Founders Floor will provide a 2 hour free parking voucher to the Market & San Pedro Square Parking Garage. This garage is only one block away from Founders Floor. It’s located at 45 N. Market St., between W. Santa Clara St. and W. St. John St. Upon check-in at the Founders Floor event, make sure you ask for the 2 hour free parking voucher.
VTA Light Rail is right outside our building, and runs every 20 minutes making public transportation fast and easy. Both the Mountain View-Winchester and the Alum Rock-Santa Teresa VTA light rail stop at the Santa Clara Station(s) which is located just a block away.
You may request a refund up to 48 hours before the event. Unfortunately, any refunds requested less than 48 hours before the event cannot be honored. Thank you for your understanding.