Thursday, August 9th, 2017 time TBD
Pitch Day exists to empower and inspire members of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. This annual event at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming, features a handful of local entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to a panel of experienced investors, and a general audience of over 200 people. This event supports the need for local start-up, and early stage, entrepreneurs to take their ideas to the next level, and gain valuable experience from the effort.
Additionally, this event encourages audience members who may need the inspiration (of seeing their peers present) to take the next step toward bringing their own entrepreneurial dreams to fruition. In order to strengthen our community, Silicon Couloir seeks to empower and inspire local entrepreneurs to build long lasting businesses that provide meaningful career opportunities for members of our community.
Pitch Day empowers entrepreneurs who are already on their way to growing sustainable businesses by offering a platform to gain experience, and feedback, that will help hone their ideas. Plus, Pitch Day inspires others in the audience to begin their own journey. When local businesses grow, our community is strengthened by meaningful job creation. Additionally, our community become stronger when more experienced members of our entrepreneurial community contribute their knowledge to help others along their entrepreneurial path. When we help one another, our community becomes more connected and stronger.
After each presenting company gives their 8 minute/8 slides pitch, our panel of judges will spend 10 minutes questioning the entrepreneurs on their business model. Once all 6 companies have presented, the panel will award prizes to the overall winner, and first runner up based on: strength/scalability of business idea, strength of presentation, likelihood of succeeding, likelihood of getting funded, “special sauce” factor. Additionally, the live audience will be given the opportunity to vote for their winner through real time text message voting.
The following 6 entrepreneurs have been selected by Silicon Couloir to present at the 2017 Pitch Day. With the help of our incredible volunteer coaches and mentors, these companies will undergo six weeks of intensive coaching sessions leading up to Pitch Day. These sessions help the presenters refine their pitches, but also help them test and strengthen the business strategies and assumptions behind their slides. A panel of experienced investors will judge the event and award prizes. An audience choice winner will also be determined through real time text messaging for (live audience only).
Sarah Jorgenson: Bella Donna (Women's Swimwear)
Bella Donna is empowering women through high quality swimwear that is filling a void in the swimwear market. Bella Donna wants swimwear to be part of embracing your body and embracing your life.
Sam LaCasse: Wrap-n-Snaps (Kid's Customizable Bracelets)
Personalized, fun, and functional is what Wraps -n- Snaps is accomplishing with their product for kids. The bracelet provide anything from a child’s medical information to their favorite sport.
Jesse Martinek: Vacayrx (Vacation Rental Platform)
Vacayrx wants to make a better platform for property owners to rent their homes. With the goal of more personal travel experiences, Vacayrx will make the process more functional and transparent.
Matt Wan: Momentous (Nutritional Supplements)
Momentous is dedicated to engineering perfect performance products. Nutritional supplements should be easy to understand and buy and Momentous will do just that while being fully driven by science and grounded in experience.
Max Ludington: Loyale (Craft Beer App)
Max Ludington has created a way to connect the avenues of craft beer and bring them right into your hands with Loyale.
Ciela Wynter: Joan of Sparc (Wellbeing Multimedia Resource)
Joan of Sparc is creating a bridge connecting ancient wisdom and modern technology. With wellbeing as the ultimate goal, Ciela Wynter is interested in redefining what it means to receive help from the Self.