Los Angeles, November 16, 2010

the application deadline for this event has passed
rsvp for a free meal

When & Where

November 16th
7:00 - 9:00 pm

920 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA

Free parking is available on the street after 6:00 pm. There is also a public library 2 blocks away that has plenty of free parking.

What is CrowdPitch?

CrowdPitch is 100% free. Free for the pitching entrepreneurs & free for spectators (oh, and a free meal is provided too).

Think ´American Idol´ or ´shark tank´ — 5 to 6 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 audience. Finally, we unleash the panel of experts to offer up constructive feedback.

As you arrive, grab a plate of food and take a seat. We'll give you a moment to eat while you chat with those around you. The pitches will start soon after.

The audience chooses the winner by investing ‘FUN’ money in the venture of their choice

Panel of Judges

  • Shane Kinder - Yahoo Finance

    Shane is a Business Director at Yahoo! Finance over lead business strategy and operations. Prior to Yahoo! he held various Product Management and Product Marketing positions at three different Internet start-ups. Shane received his MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

  • Jonathan Atzen - Sheppard Mullin

    Mr. Atzen is a partner in the Corporate practice group in the firm's Los Angeles office. His focus is on representing emerging growth, established companies and entrepreneurs in such technology sectors as internet, software, life sciences, wireless communications, and clean/alternative energy technologies. Mr. Atzen has extensive experience with venture capital financings representing venture-backed companies and venture capital/private equity funds investing in technology companies. In addition to his corporate/securities practice experience, Mr. Atzen served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of publicly-traded Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. from 2004 to 2008.

  • Frank Peters: The Frank Peters Show

    Frank joined Tech Coast Angels in 2003 and is currently a member of the Dean's Leadership Council at UC Irvine. He is host of The Frank Peters Show, a weekly podcast covering issues in angel investing and entrepreneurship. http://theFrankPetersShow.com

  • Giang Biscan: AsAble.com

    Giang is the Producer for Mixergy.com and AsAble.com—two websites devoted to startups and entrepreneurs. She co-founded an Internet startup in the late 90's and had a successful exit. Giang also dabbles in real estate. She has her MBA from UCLA and a PhD from University of Newcastle in Australia.

  • Robert Jadon: Tech Coast Angels

    Robert is a technology entrepreneur and angel investor. His former company, Micro Memory, was acquired by VMETRO, which sold a year later to Curtiss Wright (NYSE: CW). Robert now focuses on early stage investing and is active in Los Angeles' growing angel community.

Pitching Entrepreneurs

  • Cervantes Mobile's mission is to be the market leader in providing solutions to the input productivity needs of the growing numbers of iPhone and other touch screen handheld device users worldwide.

  • Chapter Group, a California Corporation, is a rapidly-growing e-commerce company that provides cost-effective, comprehensive on-line corporation filing assistance.

  • Energetic Interactions develops first in class products in several markets using its proprietary water system. Our leading product, the EDGE Device, is a fuel treatment system for combustion engines.

  • oneGoodLove was created with the sole intent to be the BEST online community for relationship-minded gays and lesbians.

  • Rolling Robots is an interactive retail destination built to engender creativity, imagination and fun.


The winner gets $5,500 of services from our sponsors
Financial & accounting services
$2,500 value

startup services
$2,500 value

web services
$500 value


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  • Xit Poll

    We had a great time! Anywhere you hold a CrowdPitch we'd love to come to.

  • Park and Restroom Structures Inc.

    "You folks will never know how much we appreciated the opportunity to pitch at the Portland CrowdPitch. We came away better prepared for the future. Thank you again for all that you folks do."

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    "The coaching we reveived was very informative & well organized!"

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    "CrowdPitch was an absolutely invaluable experience. It introduced us to amazing opportunities."

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    "When I registered for the conference and saw the opportunity to pitch our company to a group of peers I thought it would be a good way to test the marketing and strategic plans I had just developed and possibly to get a little feedback on our business model. Well the event far exceeded my expectations! I am happy that we decided to participate in your program and look forward to reaping the benefits of a successful relationship."

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    "The PitchPrep program is extremely helpful from the perspective of illustrating the required steps and processes involved in making connections with prospective investors. I learned the importance of having solid financials for my business. With FundingUniverse guidance in this area I can now appreciate the reasons for past failures in approaching investors!"

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    "Thank you for inviting us to participate in CrowdPitch. We especially appreciated the presentation format (4 min preso, 3 min Q&A, and 2 min panel input), and the opportunity to receive feedback from both panel members and the audience. CrowdPitch is truly a two-way communication forum (vs one-way), allowing presenters to walk away with constructive feedback from a variety of viewpoints."

  • Journey Gym

    "I just wanted to write to thank you both for scheduling the Funding Universe CrowdPitch event this past Wednesday. We appreciated the opportunity to be involved and were excited to have had journey gym 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."

  • CubeSkinz

    "We won both the prize and valuable feedback from the investment panel. I highly recommend CrowdPitch to any entrepreneur who wants and can handle frank feedback. After the event one of the judges even offered to introduce me to a complimentary business whom he thought would make a great partner. Great event. Thanks FundingUniverse."