AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HATCH pitch, the revolutionary startup pitch competition, announced its winners at Ballet Austin in Austin, TX held March 13th. BrainCheck, CarForce, and Artiphon, were selected by the judges as the overall best of the best! Each of the 12 finalists had four minutes to pitch their idea before fielding questions from a panel of thirteen corporate, angel, and venture investor judges.
Finalists were selected from 20 countries and 34 states to participate, and each received one-on-one coaching from mentors to refine their presentations prior to competition. Judges evaluated the pitches and determined companies in which they would invest a virtual $1M.
There were 3 sessions – Digital Health, Connected World, and Mobility. In Digital Health, BrainCheck took first place. In Connected World, Artiphon took first place, and CarForce took first place in Mobility. Prize donations came from companies Microsoft BizSpark, Founder Suite, and SkillGigs.
“The new venue at Ballet Austin was stunning and our finalists performed well. I’m excited to watch them progress. I really enjoyed the thoughtful questions and feedback from our judges,” said Greg Wright, founder of HATCH pitch.
The HATCH pitch judges were Aya Zook (Microsoft Ventures), Jenny Fielding (Techstars), Ben Wilson (GE), Craig Cummings (RideScout), Jay Steinfeld (Blinds.com), Kerry Rupp (True Wealth Ventures), Dylan Boyd (R/GA Ventures), Lynne Chou (Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers), Jeff Valk (Admetsys), Dominic Ybarra Ekarius (Technology PR Lead), Krishna Srinivasan (LiveOak Venture Partners), Justin Graham (Hearst Health), and Werner Vogels (Amazon).
Providing an opportunity for the audience and “the crowd” to participate, HATCH pitch and ProTexting partnered to host the Crowd Favorite and Social Favorite contests. The top places went to Integrated Bionics for Social Favorite, and Luminostics for the Audience Favorite prize.
About HATCH pitch
HATCH pitch is the revolutionary pitch competition for tech startup companies making life better. HATCH pitch is volunteer-run and supported by sponsors like Qukku, Blue Lance, Osha Liang, Mbira Group, Prezi, SkillGigs, ProTexting, and University of Houston.
To learn more about HATCH pitch history, coaches, alumni, etc. go to http://www.hatchpitch.com/about/
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