Vistim Labs Wins Startup Pitch Competition and $10,000 Grant Sponsored by Aleph One

Posted: November 1, 2022

By Ella Napata

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16 startups went head-to-head in the toughest startup pitch competition in San Diego! The tournament was hosted LIVE at San Diego State University and our all-star judges chose which founder would advance through the four rounds. The last one standing would win the $10,000 grant sponsored by Aleph One, a pitch appointment with Nufund Venture Group, office hours with Logicboost Labs , and bragging rights!

Our All-star Pitch Competition Judges included:

And our Emcees for the night and tie-breaker judges:

After 4 rounds of elevator pitches, 2-minute deck presentations, rapid-fire questions, and mic drop 30-second pitches we found our winner, Vistim Labs led by James Hamet! 

“This was our first Startup Week – and wow, such an incredible experience! Rarely do you find a high-quality community of students, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs, who all have something to teach you. I particularly appreciate the volunteers and presenters who prepared a fantastic program for us. In just a few days, I made new friends, mentors, and partners in the Startup San Diego ecosystem. Those of us in the accelerator program finally had a chance to meet in-person and challenge each other face-to-face in the thrilling, tournament-style heavyweight pitch competition.

This competition had each of us on our toes, anxious to see who would advance to the next round, earning a few more minutes with the audience and judges to make their case. I am also grateful to everyone who helped us prepare – that preparation was key to coming out 1st in a group of remarkable startups and their visionary founders. Thank you for the opportunity. Looking forward to being back next year!” – James Hamet, CEO at Vistim Labs

Congrats James and huge appreciation to the rest of our pitch competition finalists! It takes a lot to get in front of hundreds in such an intense battle.

Cheers to our runner-ups:

Here are your 2022 Startup Week Pitch Competitors: 

  1. AleriaLisa Russell
  2. CleandropsEkaterina Salcedo
  3. Craft Your BraRachael Lafenhagen
  4. DeepWater Exploration Inc.Jiajer Ho
  5. Ebike Cargo ProductsBrian Hoffman
  6. KnowtexCaroline Zhang
  7. LeahMariah Mendez
  8. MeCo DiagnosticsAdam Watson, PhD
  9. New Voice LearningMatt Sussman
  10. One OM OneHajime Ito
  11. Panic PantiesMaria-Nicole Marino
  12. PurposerJoline Mann
  13. SensorideDaniel Moradi
  14. Shore BuddiesMalte Niebelschuetz
  15. Smart Border SystemsEduardo Cabrera Castillo
  16. Vistim LabsJames Hamet

Thank you to everyone that came out to watch this amazing event! You can watch the full competition on our Instagram page. We can’t wait to host another pitch competition next year and have more prizes for our competitors.