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4/30 Pitch Your Startup to Investor Panel of VCs and Angels (On Zoom)

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***We've Got N95 Masks! BUT WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? SELLING MASKS THROUGH EVENTS? We know there's a ton of misunderstanding going around, so please go to the bottom of the event page to find out our backstory.***

-PRICE GOES UP MONDAY 4/27 11:59PM PST/ 12:59AM MST/ 1:59AM CST/ 2:59AM EST/ 7:59AM BST

Are you a tech startup looking to pitch your company in front of an audience and panel of expert VC and Angel judges? This is your chance. Meet, field questions, and get immediate feedback from investors. Our judges will come from a variety of industries but with a special interest or tie to deep tech (AI, AR, Blockchain, Biotech, etc). Network with other investors and founders in the crowd.

This event will have a special focus on Deep Tech startups, with 4-5 slots reserved for Deep Tech startups and 1-2 slots for Generalist, non-Deep Tech startups. 

Who Should Apply? 
We have several (5-7) spots available for innovative tech startups. Apply today for a chance to present your venture on stage! Applications are open until April 22 (Wednesday 11:59PM PST)  - click here to apply!

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Not part of a startup? 
Get tickets and join us! Pitch Your Startup Event is a great networking and learning opportunity.  

Want to Judge?
Fill out our form today for a chance to preside as a judge in one of our monthly exclusive pitch events.

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2:30pm PST - 2:35pm PST: Opening Remarks
2:35pm PST - 3:45pm PST: Pitch Your Startup to VCs & Angels


  • Shayna Modarresi - Founder, Managing Partner, Lodestar Ventures; Head of Venture Investments and Strategy, Atrium (Justin Kan's current startup); Deal Flow and Digital Disruption SiG, Band of Angels; Investment Advisory Member, Correlation Ventures; Women of Influence in Venture Capital, Women of Influence in Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Business Journal 

    Shayna Modarresi is Founder and Managing Partner of Lodestar Ventures, a seed stage fund. She is also Head of Venture Investments and Strategy at Atrium and an Investment Advisory Board Member at Correlation Ventures. Prior to that, Shayna was a Partner at XG Ventures, where she helped back nearly 40 early stage companies (19 of whom have been acquired by the likes of Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Box). Prior to XG, Shayna managed DLA Piper's Venture Group; at DLA she focused on making investment recommendations and enhancing the funding prospects of early stage companies as well as actively managing portfolio companies. Earlier in her career, Shayna was with Probitas Partners. At Probitas, she was responsible for raising more than $3B from institutional investors for venture funds such as Scale Ventures, IDG, and Shasta Ventures. She started her career in Investment Banking at Lazard, in mergers and acquisitions. Shayna was named a Women of Influence in Venture Capital by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Shayna is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. She holds degrees in Molecular Cell Biology and Mass Communications.

  • Alic Chen, Ph.D - Partner, Blue Bear Ventures; Co-Founder, Advisor, CITRIS Foundry 

    Alic Chen is Partner at Blue Bear Ventures, a seed stage fund investing in founders working on the frontiers of science and technology from top tier research institutions. Alic previously co-founded the CITRIS Foundry deep tech incubator at UC Berkeley shortly after receiving his Ph.D. in Mech. Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2012, where he grew a diverse portfolio of startups working in health, therapeutics, cleantech, novel sensors and AI. Over the last 6 years, he has advised or invested in 50+ science and technology startups, 68% of which have cumulatively raised $200M+ in funding.

  • Alexander Piskunov - General Partner, Ruvento Ventures; Investor, ElectroNeek RPA (YC W20); Investor, xRobotics; Investor, Alcatraz AI; Investor, UpCodes

    Alexander is a partner of a San Francisco based deep-tech venture capital fund Ruvento Ventures specialising on investments in emerging markets. Previously, Alexander studied finance at the University of Cambridge and worked in technology-focused IB, cross-border PE and growth-stage VC funds across Europe, Asia and the USA, participating in 10 investments and 3 exits.

  • Luke Pusejovsky - Founder, LAP Ventures; Co-Founder, CEO, Curian; Former COO, Delta Separations (Acquired 2/2020); Member Board of Advisors, Booxby; Member Board of Advisors, ALL Power Labs

    Luke is a Bay Area entrepreneur focused on hardware and IoT, energy and climate, digital health, cannabinoid therapeutics, and neuroscience medicine startups. Startup preferences include complex and ambitious 7 – 10+ year projects, B Corps, IP-intensive ‘hardtech’, cultures that value mindfulness and resiliency. Luke is an original co-founder of Curian, an extraction hardware design company in the cannabis sector. He acted as its founding CEO from April 2018 to April 2020. 

    Prior to Curian, Luke was the COO of Delta Separations, the fastest-growing hardware manufacturer in the cannabis and hemp extraction lab. He helped position Delta to grow from <$200,000 in Y1 revenue, to $14MM in Y2 and $46MM in Y3. Delta was purchased in Feb. 2020 for $50MM in cash by Gibraltar Industries (Symbol: ROCK). Luke has spoken with hundreds of extraction lab entrepreneurs in the U.S. and internationally and has performed pioneering research on the economics of extraction technology. He formally and informally advises 6 startup CEOs in this sector.


Venue: Zoom (Event Link Will Be Provided In Your Confirmation Email)
San Francisco, CA 94105

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***We've Got N95 Masks! Why Are We Doing This?***
Selling masks isn't our usual thing. Like everyone else, over the last two months now, we physically popped into almost every retail store looking for N95 masks for our own families, especially for our elderly parents. We dropped in or called more than 20+ stores and drove long distances, including a drive 1.5 hours away to a Walmart because it was the only store that said it still had it online (and we had already checked all the closer stores). They didn't have it, like everywhere else. We didn't quit. Last week, we finally found a supplier through a relative and her church. We thought others may be in our exact position.

We have white, super non-porous CE Certified KN95 Protective Masks (see N95 in chart) that fit tightly over your nose and mouth. Available in quantities of 1, 5, and 10. Very limited supply (~50). Continental US only. Shipping is included. See in Tickets.

Type: Event

Vendor: Epic Events