Startup casting call: GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch foe earnings for a second season

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Participants in GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch deteriorate one take a float in a ancestral Smith Tower elevators. (GeekWire Photo / Dan Delong)

Some startups go up, others go down.

We’re behind for another deteriorate of GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch video series, where entrepreneurs contest for startup excellence … on a 48-second float to a tip of Seattle’s landmark Smith Tower.

GeekWire is anxious to be partnering with PACCAR as a pretension unite of deteriorate dual of a Elevator Pitch. The Bellevue, Wash.-based lorry maker, famous for iconic brands such as Kenworth and Peterbilt, is infusing creation into a operations, and as partial of that we’ve picked 4 core areas this deteriorate where a dozen propitious entrepreneurs will compete. Those areas are:

  • Environmental Impact
  • IoT/Sensors
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Mobility/Transportation

Now, here’s a fun part. If we are an businessman with a subsequent good thought in one of those 4 areas, make certain to request to a Elevator Pitch by submitting your focus with a theme line — I Want to Pitch on a Elevator Pitch — to me during john@geekwire.com. Just embody a following information:

  • Company
  • Names of founder(s)
  • Pitch chairman (CEO or founders only)
  • Elevator Pitch category
  • Founding date
  • Company website
  • Number of employees
  • Funding level
  • Your one judgment business pitch
  • Why you’ve got what it takes to win The Elevator Pitch
  • Any video clips of we articulate about your business (not required)

We’ll name 3 up-and-coming entrepreneurs in any of a 4 categories, with filming holding place from 7:30 a.m. to noon, Aug 19 and 20 during Smith Tower.

The 4 winners from any of a categories will allege to a Elevator Pitch finals during a GeekWire Summit, holding place during a new Hyatt Regency in downtown Seattle on Oct. 8-9. The Summit is GeekWire’s tip form event, with 1,000 business, tech and systematic leaders in a audience. Speakers this year embody Microsoft boss Brad Smith; Outreach CEO Manny Medina; Convoy CEO Dan Lewis; Auth0 CEO Eugenio Pace; and former NFL far-reaching receiver Doug Baldwin Jr., as good as a try collateral row featuring Amy Bohutinsky of TCV, Megan Quinn of Spark Capital, and Hope Cochran of Madrona Venture Group.

GeekWire’s John Cook, left, speaks with Elevator Pitch finalists during a 2018 GeekWire Summit. . (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong)

We are looking for entrepreneurs who have seen a bit of traction with their technology, maybe pre-revenue yet with an tangible product on a marketplace or in a works. Typically, Elevator Pitch startups are handling in a seed to Series B financing range, yet we also adore bootstrapped stories where entrepreneurs have built their companies foregoing outward capital.

We’re also vehement to announce that T.A. McCann of Pioneer Square Labs and Heather Redman of Flying Fish Partners will lapse as judges for deteriorate two, assimilated by PACCAR Chief Technology Officer Kyle Quinn and Darrin Siver, a comparison clamp boss of PACCAR’S Peterbilt line of trucks.

Last year, a Elevator Pitch foe was quick relocating and fun, culminating in an on-stage representation off during a GeekWire Summit where Jonathan Kumar of Samaritan, who is building an app that brings a giving resolution to a unsheltered, took home a tip prize. Kwame Boler of NEU, who is rolling out on-demand cleaning services to Airbnb properties, perceived a Geek’s Choice assembly award.

So, what are we watchful for? Jump on board, and join us for The Elevator Pitch!



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