September 2, 2009

Lunch 2.0 Portland Livepitch a smashing success!

Last Wednesday FundingUniverse had the opportunity to team up with Portland Ten, NedSpace, and Stoel Rives to host Lunch 2.0 Portland Livepitch in Portland, Oregon.  Every couple of months we host a similar event and this, like the rest, was a great success.

The following five companies were selected to present their ideas to our panel of experts and a live audience during the two-hour event:

  • Bright Neighbor
  • BioAlgene
  • Optical Specialist
  • Spiritworks Software
  • JourneyGym

The panel of experts included Ashleigh Williams from Willamette Venture Group, Eric Pozzo from Oregon Angel Fund, Todd Bauman from Stoel Rives, Carolyn Duncan from Portland Ten, and FundingUniverse’s very own Brock Blake.  Each member of the panel as well as the audience was given play money to invest in the company of their choice.

JourneyGym was chosen as the winner of this event.  Their pitch peaked the interest of all in attendance and as the winners, they were offered the following prizes:

  • $500 of legal services from Stoel Rives
  • $2500 in funding consulting from FundingUniverse
  • 5 Startup Workouts and a Startup Checkup from Portland Ten

All five companies that presented were given the invaluable opportunity to practice pitching their idea as well as get great feedback from the experts.  They were also put in front of Angel Investors and VCs looking for the next big idea.

John from JourneyGym said

“I just wanted to write to thank you for scheduling the . . . Livepitch even this past Wednesday.  We appreciated the opportunity to be involved and were excited to have had JourneyGym win.  We of course look forward to working with you on your evaluation of our fundability as we work to complete our subsequent round of financing.”journeygym2

The other four companies had similar things to say and all had a great experience at this event.  Stay tuned for info about other Livepitch, Speedpitch, and online Speedpitch events happening in the near future!