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UberPITCH: Dallas’ Best Ideas On-Demand

March 9, 2016 / Dallas

On Thursday, March 3, we teamed up with The Dallas Entrepreneur Center and local venture capitalists to bring you UberPITCH. Over 30 lucky entrepreneurs got to pitch their ideas on-demand to six venture capitalists by requesting an UberPITCH ride that afternoon.

Participating VCs were presented with several high potential startups and many already thriving business concepts. It’s safe to say our riders’ ideas impressed and inspired these distinguished Dallas investors.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. #UberPITCH on!


Special Thanks to our Participating Venture Capitalists:
Christopher Mayo, Aristos Ventures | Dayakar Puskoor, Naya Ventures | Ken Koo, Bridge Alliance | Nathan Pinto, Naya Ventures | Teresa Peterman, Aristos Ventures


PITCH HIGHLIGHTS

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetConcept: Skill App  
Pitched To:
Weston Betts, Able Lending

The ‘Skill’ App is the LinkedIn for freelancers – connecting ideas, job opportunities, mentors and more through an app platform with skill based search capability, real-time messaging, profiles to showcase previous work, skill endorsements, and hiring availability. Leo Luo believes the Skill App will effectively enable the growing population of freelancers to connect with individuals seeking their skillsets.

“[Weston] gave very constructive pieces of advice – make a “hire me” button in the profile page to create a CTA between people who are hiring and the freelancer who’s for hire to make a better user experience and increase hiring rate.”

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetConcept: Apartment Maker
Pitched To: Christopher Mayo, Aristos Ventures

The web-based platform, Apartment Maker, would change how the apartment business does business by converting current manual processes into an easy to use program for tracking, documenting, and assisting in the transactional cycles. Lisa Russell believes Apartment Maker would provide investors with real-time information associated with buying and selling properties.

It was a dream come true moment when I was able to deliver the elevator speech that I had been practicing in my head for years! [Christopher’s] questions and feedback gave me insight into how to fine tune my business plan. It gave me confidence knowing that I have a idea that his company would invest in!”

Concept: Feed Your Neighbor
Pitched To: Ken Koo, Bridge Alliance

Feed Your Neighbor (FYN) is a social hosting platform focused on integrating meal sharing into the community through various strategic partnerships and in support of local charitable foundations. Rodney Harris believes FYN will bring communities together, while generating a subsidiary income for hosts and an exciting and unique dining option for diners.

I had a great time with UberPITCH last week – it was a nice break from the traditional pitch with VC’s. I heard about the opportunity last minute and drove up from Houston Thursday morning for the chance to pitch. I got an opportunity to pitch to Ken Koo during the last 15 minutes of the event, and he was great.”

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetConcept: Volspiro
Pitched To: Weston Betts, Able Lending

Volspiro is a serviced based organization focused on two distinct services. One is to develop future talent with business coaching geared for high school upperclassmen to young professionals. The second is to offer organizational consulting to small business owners. Bobby Miller believes Volspiro will provide the coaching necessary for aspiring and present business owners to develop and succeed.

Weston was extremely motivating and asked questions about my company that I hadn’t even thought of. He provided valuable feedback and is in the process of helping me out to ensure my success for my company.“


TWITTER HIGHLIGHTS

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