PITCH OFF 2021
Yale Angels is hosting its first ever pitch off event online on February 23, 2021 from 6 pm - 7:30 pm EST! We’re featuring five companies led by historically under-represented founders from the Yale community.
A panel of Yale alumni investors will select a single winner at the live pitch off.
Our judges include Jen Wong ‘96, COO of Reddit; Jacob Mullins ‘05, Partner at Shasta Ventures and Co-Founding Board Member of LatinxVC; Aike (fka Tiffany) Ho '12 of ACME Capital, and Kathryn Finney ‘00 MPH, CEO, Genius Guild and General Partner, Greenhouse Fund.
This event is co-sponsored by the Yale Office of Development, DLA Piper, the Yale Black Alumni Association (YBAA), the Yale Latino Alumni Network (YLAN), the Association of Asian American Alumni at Yale (AAAYA), the Yale Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alumni Association (Yale GALA), YaleWomen, and 1stGenYale.
SUBMISSION PROCESS & DEADLINE
The deadline to register for consideration and submit an overview deck is January 15, 2021 by 11:59 pm (midnight) EST. The Yale Angels team will review all submissions and notify applicants of their final status by January 27, 2021.
CRITERIA & REQUIREMENTS
Ventures for consideration must meet the following criteria and submission requirements:
Must be a Yale alum of any school or year, or a current student in Yale's graduate and professional schools. Yale affiliation will be verified against Yale databases. Current undergraduate students are not eligible.
Historically under-represented founder(s)
Pre-seed or seed stage for-profit venture. While we encourage mission-driven companies to apply, nonprofits are not eligible.
Completed registration form
The pitch deck should be no more than 20 pages and answer the following questions:
Problem Describe the pain of your customer. How is this addressed today and what are the shortcomings to current solutions?
Solution Why is your value prop unique and compelling? Why will it endure? And where does it go from here?
Why now? Why hasn’t your solution been built before now?
Market potential Identify your customer and your market.
Competition / alternatives Who are your direct and indirect competitors?
Business model How do you intend to thrive?
Team Tell the story of your founders and key team members.
Financials If you have any, please include.
Vision If all goes well, what will you have built in five years?
ABOUT THE JUDGES
KATHRYN FINNEY ‘00 MPH
CEO, Genius Guild and General Partner, Greenhouse Fund
Over the past ten years, Kathryn Finney has made her mark as a tech entrepreneur, social media visionary, investor, writer, and television correspondent. In April 2020, Kathryn founded The Doonie Fund, which provides microinvestments to over 1500 Black women-owned businesses. An Echoing Green Global Fellow and Eisenhower Fellow, Kathryn founded digitalundivided in 2013 after selling her company, The Budget Fashionista, one of the first lifestyle blogs. Digitalundivided (DID) is a social enterprise that fosters economic growth through the empowerment of Black and Latina women entrepreneurs, and it has raised over $100 M in investments. She is a former General Partner in the Harriet Fund, the first venture capital fund focused on Black and Latinx women founders. Her pioneering research, “#ProjectDiane,” drew widespread buzz for disrupting the dialogue around women of color and tech entrepreneurship.
JACOB MULLINS ‘05
Partner, Shasta Ventures and Co-Founding Board Member, LatinxVC
Jacob has 15 years of experience building technology startups – both as a venture capital partner and as an entrepreneur. He is a serial founder who most recently built an AI-powered software platform for the M&A industry called Exitround. Previously, he built out a B2B developer platform program at Microsoft called BizSpark. At Shasta, Jacob focuses on investments in SaaS applications broadly, with a particular focus in Applied Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality. Jacob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Yale University. Jacob is a Kauffman Fellow alumnus of Class 22, and is a co-founding Board Member of LatinxVC, which enables career development of Latinos and Latinas in Venture Capital.
CHRIS OLSEN ‘03
Founder, Drive Capital
Chris Olsen is the founder of Drive Capital based in Columbus Ohio. Previous to that Chris Olsen was a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital. Chris focuses on growth stage energy, financial and technology companies.
Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2006, Chris worked at Technology Crossover Ventures where he was involved in private equity investments in the technology and financial services sectors and served as a board observer of eBags, Oak Pacific Interactive Corp, Whitepages.com, and Claria. Earlier, Chris was an investment banker with UBS Investment Bank where he worked on a variety of M&A, equity and debt transactions in the healthcare sector. Chris has a BA in Political Science from Yale University.
JEN WONG ‘96
Chief Operating Officer, Reddit
Jen Wong is Reddit’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). With over 15 years as a renowned executive in the digital media space, Jen brings a wealth of experience and insight to Reddit. Jen first began her career as an entrepreneur, co-founding a children’s entertainment startup before joining McKinsey & Company’s Telecom, Media, and Technology practice. In 2010, Jen brought her leadership to AOL as Global Head of Business Operations, where she oversaw major acquisitions of companies like TechCrunch, 5Min, and The Huffington Post. She also served as General Manager and Senior Vice President for some of the company’s biggest brands.
After AOL, Jen became Chief Business Officer at PopSugar, Inc., where she led the company’s day-to-day operations, business, and product engineering while bringing global growth to the company’s media entities. In 2015, she became Time, Inc.’s President of Digital, earning a promotion soon after that to become Chief Operating Officer. At Time, Jen shepherded the company’s digital and interactive strategies, operations, consumer marketing, and revenue, streamlining and expanding the business as she oversaw dozens of online media properties, like People, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated.
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