February 25, 2010

Baltimore CrowdPitch ends in a Tie!

Our Baltimore CrowdPitch event has just ended in a tie between The Seasoned Palate and Cyncz. For those of you unfamiliar with the event format, this was an incredibly unlikely outcome. So unlikely, in fact, that it caught the panel of judges, the audience, the presenters, and even our cool & confident CEO, Brock Blake, a bit off guard.

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Let me explain, CrowdPitch is like ‘American Idol’ for entrepreneurs. Several entrepreneurs are given 4 minutes to pitch their business to both a panel of judges and live audience. After the judges give some frank – nay, Simon-esque – feedback, the audience & judges invest ‘FUN’ money in the business of their choice (the judges are given more money on the supposition that their opinions are more valid, sorry).

When the money (invested by over 100 attendees) was counted Seasoned Palate & Cyncz came out dead-even… while many would have preferred a more competitive (*cough* barbaric) resolution to the tie, the affair was settled in a gentlemanly fashion with the pize being split.  So each company will receive the following “FundingUniverse Stimulus Package” (and in the tradition of all great stimulus packages, we only provide a portion of it ourselves with our sponsors picking up the bulk of the tab).

  • SEO.com: 5 hours or seo work = $750 value
  • NOWAdvisors: 6 hours of financial & accounting services = $900 value
  • FundingUniverse: startup services = $1,250 value
  • Qqest: 4 months payroll services = $1,000 value
  • Amazon: web services = $250 value
  • ETC: 3 months semi-private cube space = $1,275 value



February 18, 2010

Get $300 off of Inc.’s GROWCO Conference with FundingUniverse

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Join FundingUniverse at the 2010 Inc. Magazine’s GrowCo Conference in Orlando, Florida and get a $300 discount!

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FundingUniverse will host a CrowdPitch event as part of the conference – Just enter Promo Code “pitch” for your $300 discount

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(You must register to attend GrowCo to attend this CrowdPitch event)

What is CrowdPitch?

Think ´America Idol´ — selected entrepreneurs will have 4 minutes to pitch their company to both a panel of experts & a live audience, followed immediately by a 3-minute Q&A session with the panel.

Moderator: Alexander Lawrence, partner and chief evangelist of FundingUniverse Panel: Norm Brodsky, founder of CitiStorage, Inc. Street Smarts columnist, and co-author of The Knack, Andy Craig, co-owner of Elevator Speech, and special guests.

CrowdPitch Prizes

The winner gets over $14,000 of services from our sponsors:

  • SEO.com: 20 hours or seo work = $3,000 value
  • NOWAdvisors: 24 hours of financial & accounting services = $3,600 value
  • FundingUniverse: startup services = $10,000 value
  • Qqest: 4 months of payroll services = $4,000 value

CrowdPitch Details

  • March 15th
  • 5:00 – 5:45 pm
  • JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
    4040 Central Florida Parkway
    Orlando, Florida 32837 USA



January 26, 2010

FundingUniverse at Inc. Magazine’s GROWCO 2010 Conference!

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We are thrilled to announce that FundingUniverse will lead a main stage session at GROWCO 2010, an Inc. event to be held in Orlando, Florida!

The GROWCO Conference mines the pages of Inc. to present lessons learned from the trenches. Speakers include George Foreman, Author, Knockout Entrepreneur; Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone; Norm Brodsky; Inc. Street Smarts columnist; & co-author of The Knack; Michael Gerber, Author, The Most Successful Small Business in the World: The Ten Principles; and FundingUniverse’s own Brock Blake and Alexander Lawrence!

The session being hosted by FundingUniverse is titled “How to Win Over a Crowd”

In a lively hour at GROWCO, you get a chance to pitch your business to your peers and a panel of expert judges, including Inc.’s own Norm Brodsky and celebrated author Michale Gerber. Think American Idol for the capital hungry. Moderated by FundingUniverse, a business services firm that connects companies with investors, this session could possibly give you a new perspective on your entire business plan.  Oh, and did we mention

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This opportunity is limited to registered GROWCO attendees. To apply for this opportunity after completing your GROWCO Registration, complete the FundingUniverse application.

Moderator: Alexander Lawrence, partner and chief evangelist of FundingUniverse

Panel: Norm Brodsky, founder of CitiStorage, Inc. Street Smarts columnist, and co-author of The Knack; Andy Craig, co-owner of Elevator Speech; Michael Gerber, author of the E-Myth series and The Most Successful Business in the World; and other special guests.

We hope to see you there!

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