Startup Week Pitch Competition & Tournament

Handpicked San Diego startups will go head-to-head in the toughest pitch competition yet.

Startup Week Pitch Competition

Compete with the Best

In partnership with SDSU, Connect, and NuFund Venture Group, hand-selected startups from local colleges, universities, and startup ecosystems will compete in the toughest pitch battle around! Our all-star judging panel will crown the heavyweight champs. The winners will get bragging rights and more, make sure to sign up and get in front of the Startup Week audience and expert judges.

Heavyweight requirements:

  • Affiliation with an incubator/accelerator/ecosystem support organization
  • Have either revenue or customers
  • Seed + funding

Pitch Competition eligibility criteria:

  • The company must be doing business in SD county OR looking to move to do business in the region

Apply by Sunday, August 14th, 11:59 pm PDT

Startup Week Pitch Competition Potential Investors

Get in Front of Potential Investors

Not only will competitors be pitching in front of expert judges with years of experience in startups, tech, business development, funding, etc. they will also be pitching in front of hundreds of community members, venture capitalists, angel investors, business professionals, and more. Gain support for your startup, connect with potential investors, and network with the startup community.

Startup Week Pitch Competition

Take your Startup to the Next Level

The selected pitch competitors will go through 3-rounds, going against fellow startup founders. Judges will score based on a number system, and the winning startups will continue until the finale and will get to present a longer pitch with a deck presentation. After, the remaining startups will be given rapid-fire questions to test their expertise and strategy. Everything will be put on the line to impress the judges and the crowd.

Alumni Pitch Competition Judges

Ben Cote

Ben Cote

Program Director at Founders Institute

Caitlin Wege

Caitlin Wege

President at NuFund Venture Group

Hala Madanat

Hala Madanat

Interim VP of Research & Innovation at San Diego State University

Hem Suri

Hem Suri

Founder & Managing Partner at Spark Growth Ventures

Jonathan Cogley

Jonathan Cogley

CEO at LogicBoost Labs

Marcus Rohlfs

Marcus Rohlfs

Silicon Valley Technology Scouting Leader at State Farm

Maria Gonzalez Blanch

Maria Gonzalez-Blanch

Partner at Crescent Ridge

Mike Krenn

Mike Krenn

President & CEO at Connect

Oralia Alvarez

Oralia Alvarez

Director of Business Development

Silvia Mah

Silvia Mah

Chairwoman & Founder at Stella Co

San Diego Startup Week

Join us for the biggest startup event of the year: San Diego Startup Week! Learn from top notch speakers, discover the hottest topics in your area of expertise, pitch your startup idea in front of investors, join career development workshops and meet other startup enthusiasts!