FundingPost proudly announced the start of its fourth annual Pitching Across America™ competition today. FundingPost, which has been introducing entrepreneurs to investors for over 6 years, established the competition in 2004. In the past three years more than 250 Venture Capital Funds and Angel Investors have participated as judges, voting on over 1000 business summaries from emerging companies nationwide, They have been the largest Venture Capital competitions ever organized. The Pitching Across America competition not only showcases emerging companies to investors, but helps Venture Capital and Angel Investors quickly identify worthwhile investment opportunities. Many of the judges request additional information and meetings with the participating companies. FundingPost expects to duplicate its success from previous Pitching Across America events again this year.
The emerging companies’ executive summaries will be evaluated on a scale of 1 to 10. Judging criteria consisted of several key points including: the professionalism of the written summary, current stage of development (customers, revenue), competitive advantage and need in the marketplace, feasibility for success, and whether the company is "VentureWorthy™."
"We are proud to be running Pitching Across America again this year. The level of interest from both the Venture and Angel community and the entrepreneurs who participated in Pitching Across America™ in previous years has been tremendous," said Joe Rubin, Director, FundingPost, "Everyone who participates really sees the value in the competition. We expect to find another 50 compelling companies this year."
The 2006 National Winner of Pitching Across America was SPD Control Systems Corp. a New York based revolutionary smart glass technology company. The 2005 National Winner of Pitching Across America was CFN Services, Inc. a Virginia based telecommunications infrastructure services company. The 2004 National Winner of Pitching Across America was Remote Play, Inc. a provider of innovative RFID-Command & Control and RFID-Distance Estimation wireless technology. Both the 2004 and 2005 winners have raised capital since the competitons.
Participating Angel and Venture Investors in this year’s competition include:
21 Ventures, 3i, Advantage Capital Partners, Arcapita Ventures, Argentum Group, ASAP Ventures, LLC, Ascent Venture Partners, Atrium Capital, Austin Technology Incubator, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, BEV Capital, Blue Point Capital Partners, Brand Building Ventures, Brentwood Investments, Cammeby's Capital Group / Gotham Angels, Canaan Partners, Catalyst Partnership, CID Capital, Connecticut Innovations, Corporate Angels, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures, Edison Venture Fund, Global Media Fund, Golden Seeds, Greenhill SAVP, Hamilton Investment Partners, LLC, HO2 Partners, Houston Angel Network, Hunt Ventures, iD Ventures America, LLC, IDT Ventures, i-Hatch Ventures, Meridian Venture Partners, MPB Investment, New York Angels, New York Angels, First Round Capital, New York City Investment Fund, Newlight Associates, North Sea Ventures, PA Early Stage Partners , Pacific West Land, LLC, Pacifica Fund, Pond Venture Partners, Portview Communications Partners, Rho Capital Partners, Santa Monica Partners, SeaPoint Ventures, Security Growth Partners, Sentient Ventures, Shirat Enterprises Ltd., StarVest Partners, Stonehenge Capital Company, The Band of Angels, The Cornell Group, The Science Center / The MAG Fund, The, Verticom Group, Ticonderoga Capital, Trident Capital, Trinity Ventures, and Vencon Management, Inc.
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For over six years FundingPost has worked with thousands of Angel and Venture Capital Investors and Entrepreneurs. FundingPost has hosted over 5,000 CEOs and 600 Venture Funds at events in 15 cities nationwide, as well as providing a quarterly Dealflow magazine and a deal-exchange Website that has, on average, seen an introduction of an Investor to an Entrepreneur every business day since its inception. FundingPost’s mission is to reach investors and entrepreneurs in every medium possible – both online and offline, and it is experiencing strong growth as the venture capital markets continue to improve worldwide.