Pitch Night & Investor Panel Discussion With Ignition Partners & Unshackled Ventures

Date: September, 25 2018

Pitch your startup to Preeti Rathi of Ignition Partners and Lucas Rocha of Unshackled Ventures at our Pitch Night and Investor Panel Discussion on Tuesday!

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.

Luca is an investor at Unshackled Ventures, a pre-seed stage fund that invests in immigrant-founded startups in the US. The fund has made more than a dozen investments in nearly 30 founders born in 6 different continents.

Seating is limited, so reserve your ticket now.
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EVENT DETAILS

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.
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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.  

www.FoundersFloor.com/pitch

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.

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We’re bringing technology and crowd-sourced info seeking together to make Q&A time more valuable for you all. Head to http://meet.ps/pitchnight to ask our VCs a question (any time before or during the event). Upvote and downvote the questions you see from other audience members. If your question is selected, you’ll have the opportunity to introduce yourself and your company to our investor panel before asking your question.

If you are a startup founder or entrepreneur, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

Seating is limited, so reserve your ticket now.

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Agenda

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Registration and networking
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Investor discussion & startups pitches
8:00pm – 8:30pm: Meet the investors and network

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Date:

Tuesday, 9/25/2018

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6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location:

Founders Floor

2 North 1st St., 5th Floor

San Jose, CA 95113

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Investor Panel

Preeti Rathi

Principal

Ignition Partners

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.

Lucas Rocha

Investor

Unshackled Ventures

Lucas is an investor at Unshackled Ventures, a pre-seed stage fund to invest in and support immigrant-founded startups in the US. Unshackled is supported by 80+ highly influential investors, including Brad Feld, First Round Capital, Jerry Yang and Laurene Powell Jobs. The fund has made more than a dozen investments in nearly 30 founders born in 6 different continents.

Before joining Unshackled Ventures, Lucas Rocha worked with Dorm Room Fund, JetBlue Ventures, and Underscore.vc. So far, he’s assisted in the deployment of more than $100 million in capital. He is fluent in Portuguese and English.

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.

www.foundersfloor.com/pitch

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.

Public transportation

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.

Refund Policy

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.

Disclaimer

By participating in this Founders Floor Event, you agree to this liability disclaimer: www.foundersfloor.com/disclaimer

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