Last week, we brought POOL Pitch to New York City—a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for entrepreneurs in all 5 boroughs to pitch their startup ideas to prominent investors from a variety of venture firms, including First Round Capital, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Brooklyn Bridge Capital, and Primary Venture Partners.

The result? Hundreds of requests from entrepreneurs to be connected with investors between 11am and 1pm on Thursday, October 13. We heard ideas ranging from a restaurant payment app to all natural beauty products, and even drone accessories.

Three finalists were selected to pitch at an event that evening at The Standard to a panel of judges, which included Susan Lyne (BBG Ventures) Chris Fralic (First Round Capital) Heather Hartnett (Human Ventures) and Charlie O’Donnell (Brooklyn Bridge Ventures). The event was moderated by Josh Mohrer, Uber NYC General Manager.


From top left: Josh Mohrer; Susan Lyne; Chris Fralic; Heather Hartnett; Charlie O’Donnell; Todd Schechter; Chelsea Brownridge; Angelina Darrisaw; Logan Cohen; Trevor Wilkins. Photo by Lauren Cowart.


Read on about the finalists, who won $2,000, $3,000, and $5,000 respectively, from First Round Capital.

Third Place: Kudzoo

Logan Cohen and Trevor Wilkins won third place for Kudzoo, a free mobile application that rewards students based on their grades and achievements.

Second Place: Dog Parker

Chelsea Brownridge and Todd Schechter won second place for Dog Parker, which provides smart dog houses outside of storefront so dogs can have a safe place to stay while their owners go inside stores.

First Place: C-Suite Coach

Angelina Darrisaw won first place for C-Suite Coach, a social venture focused on making success at work accessible. She wrote more about her POOL Pitch experience here.


Angelina Darrisaw of C-Suite Coach. Photo by Lauren Cowart.


Thank you to all of our participating entrepreneurs and investors for making POOL Pitch a success. You can read more about the event here.