At the Founder Showcase, anyone can pitch onstage

In addition to the Founder Showcase’s Free Pitch Competition, anyone who attends has the opportunity to pitch onstage to hundreds of investors and press with the CrowdPitch Competition. 

Since we started the CrowdPitch Competition at the 13th Founder Showcase, both winners closed a significant funding round – including UpOut, who went on to raise $850,000, and Knightscope, who went on to raise $1 million.

Watch the Live Webinar Below to See Who Wins the Competition! 


We are now down to our three finalists: AutoCareBids, Litigo, and RushTix.

On Wednesday, May 14th, at 12:00pm PDT below, these three companies will live-pitch Adeo Ressi (Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute, and Emcee of the Founder Showcase), who will then select the CrowdPitch Competition Winner.

This company will have their ticket reimbursed, and have the opportunity to pitch their business for 3 minutes (with slides) to a panel of experts on the main stage of the Founder Showcase, in front of hundreds of investors and press!


The 15th edition of the Founder Showcase is scheduled for May 15th at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View, and will feature informative talks from today’s leading startup investors.

Confirmed to speak at the event are Mitch Kapor (Founder of Lotus DevelopmentKapor Capital & Kapor Center for Social Impact, and PC Industry Pioneer), Mike Maples Jr. (Managing Partner at FLOODGATE, and the #14 Top Tech Investor in the world by Forbes), and Thomas Korte (Founder of AngelPad, one of the world’s leading startup accelerators).

In addition, investor panelists include Alex Gurevich (Javelin Venture Partners), Aydin Senkut (Felicis Ventures), Boris Wertz (Version One Ventures), Brigette Lau (The Social+Capital Partnership), Cyan Banister (Banister Capital), Dave McClure (500 Startups), Frank Chen (Andreessen Horowitz), James Cham (Bloomberg Beta), Jeff Richards (GGV Capital), Manu Kumar (K9 Ventures), and more.

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