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Your Big Break is Arriving Now With UberPITCH

February 29, 2016 / Dallas
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Entrepreneurs, inventors, and self-starters – your big break is arriving now.

On March 3, from 11am to 2pm, you could have 15 minutes to pitch your idea to a venture capitalist who could help make your passion a reality. –The DEC is located inside of the pitch zone, and is offering FREE COWORKING all day at their downtown co-working space for entrepreneurs and investors to meet up and and work while requesting for their shot at #UberPITCH.


UBERPITCH IS BRINGING VENTURE CAPITALISTS TO YOU


UberPITCH is a collaborative project to bring even more innovation to the ever-growing Dallas startup community. Top Dallas venture capitalists will be roaming the streets in uberSUVs, ready to hear your idea.

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  • Apply PITCHDALLAS in your app
  • On Thursday, March 3, from 11am to 2pm, anyone can request PITCH through the app
  • If connected, a car will arrive at your location with a venture capitalist
  • You’ll have 15 minutes to pitch your idea or startup
  • The venture capitalist will ask questions and provide feedback
  • All UberPITCH rides will be free

Demand will be high. If no venture capitalists are available, please try again.


MEET THE INVESTORS

Weston Betts

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Weston is Able Lending‘s Dallas/Ft. Worth lead senior loan officer. Able is the lowest-cost online small business lender in the nation. Able partners with your friends and family to create a fundamentally different loan structure that lets us fund businesses at any stage at the lowest cost of capital online. Loans range from $25,000 to $500,000. Able is “more than a loan.” We connect extraordinary entrepreneurs with additional capital, community resources, and expert advice when it’s time to grow. 

Prior to working with Able, Weston was a serial startup entrepreneur, owning a diverse set of businesses from an app development company, to a digital marketing agency and even a custom shoe painting business. He has a passion for wearable technology, fintech and the startup scene in Dallas.

Ken Koo

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Ken is the Founder and CEO of Bridge Alliance which helps startups solves two fundamental problems. Bridge Alliance helps B2B startups find corporate customers and provides seed funding for startups to grow.

Prior to starting Bridge Alliance, Ken was the President of Imaginuity, a full service marketing agency based in Dallas where they serviced customers such as: Balfour Beatty, Entrust, Beal Bank and ABF. Ken’s last exit was with Acquity Group, a digital agency that went IPO in 2012 and then was acquired by Accenture in 2013. Today, it is known as Accenture Digital. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Ken spent most of his career in management consulting with Navigant Consulting, Hitachi Consulting and Grant Thornton.

Dayakar Puskoor

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Dayakar’s distinguished career is showcased by an impressive record of achievement in building high value mobile, wireless and telecommunications businesses. He was recognized by the US White House as a mobile technology visionary and has been a keynote speaker for numerous industry events. Dayakar is a Managing Partner at Naya Ventures, a 50 million USD fund that invests in early­stage Cloud, Mobile & Big Data companies. Apart from his role at Naya Ventures, Dayakar is Executive Chairman at Motivity Labs, GlobalOutlook and KeepTrax. He is also a Board Member at Altia Systems, SnapOne and Zoomingo. He is a Board Observer at Minetta Brook and an Advisory Board Member at Boxfish and Glympse.

Previously, Dayakar owned the P&L for the Hosting & Mobility Solutions business at Microsoft. He was responsible for the incubation, development and management of new mobility solutions. He also led the $350M hosting business encompassing all product development, product management, marketing and business development.

Nathan Pinto

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Nathan Pinto is the Investment Associate at Naya Ventures and is the Co-Founder of the non-profit, The Sanitation Project. At Naya, he conducts due diligence on companies and works with portfolio companies to develop growth hacking, business development and corporate strategies. Nathan’s non-profit addresses the sanitation crisis in India through a micro-entrepreneur model designed to generate demand and through an educational campaign for children.

Christopher Mayo

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Christopher helps evaluate new investment opportunities and conducts due diligence on both prospective and current portfolio companies for Aristos Ventures, which focuses on early stage information technology startups. Christopher joined Aristos Ventures in January 2016 and is currently finishing his Full-Time MBA at Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business.

Teresa Peterman

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Prior to joining Aristos, Teresa worked in Commercial Banking at Bank of America and worked in Investment Management at Goldman Sachs.

 

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“As a hub for entrepreneurial activity, The DEC is thrilled to partner with Uber and some of our local investors and entrepreneurs in North Texas to provide this great opportunity through UberPitch. This unique and creative way to connect entrepreneurs to investors all within the extraordinary Uber experience brings attention to some of the growing and fundable ventures at work in Dallas.” – Trey Bowles, CEO and Cofounder of The DEC