PITCH OFF 2022

 
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OVERVIEW

Yale Angels hosted its third event online on June 22, 2022 from 6 pm - 7:30 pm EST! 


This event was sponsored by the Yale Office of Development, Newfront Insurance, and Yale Ventures.


Six innovative companies led by founders from the Yale community were featured. 


WINNER ($10,000): Hellometer - Alexander Popper SOM '19

RUNNER UP ($5,000): Flowly - Celine Tien YC '17

Finalists:

Catapult - Susie Lee YC '94

Flippit - Natalie Yates YC '82

Gymble - Trey Phills YC '19

Midnight Oil Collective - Frances Pollock, School of Music '19

A panel of Yale alumni investors reviewed the startups at the live pitch off event. 


Our judges included Kevin Burrows ‘93 of Diomedea Capital Advisors; Bhaskar Ghosh PhD '94 of 8VC; Josh Gordon ‘11 of Create Venture Studio; Matt LaCasse ‘10 of Birch Benders; Catherine Stewart '05 of Basis Set Ventures; and Jillian Williams ‘14 of Cowboy Ventures.

Entertainment was provided by Ilana Zacks M.M. '22, Violinist. 

To attend the pitch-off as a member of the audience, please register here: https://tinyurl.com/YAPitchoff2022

SUBMISSION PROCESS & DEADLINE

The deadline to register for consideration and submit an overview deck is May 25, 2022 by midnight EST. 


The Yale Angels team will review all submissions and notify applicants of their final status by June 8, 2021. If you are selected as a semifinalist, we will request a 5 minute pitch video to be sent to us by June 12 for further evaluation. 


Complete this registration form and remember to include your pitch deck: https://forms.gle/kTB4ZV2o5BFrWKNy7

CRITERIA & REQUIREMENTS

Ventures for consideration must meet the following criteria and submission requirements:


  • Current Yale undergraduate, graduate student, or alum of any school or year who is a founder or co-founder. Yale affiliation will be verified against Yale databases. 

  • Pre-seed or seed stage for-profit venture

  • Completed registration form

  • Pitch deck submission of no more than 20 pages (see detailed requirements below).


Your pitch deck (<= 20 pages) must answer the following questions:


  1. Problem: Describe the pain of your customer. How is this addressed today and what are the shortcomings to current solutions?

  2. Solution: Why is your value prop unique and compelling? Why will it endure? And where does it go from here?

  3. Why now? Why hasn’t your solution been built before now?

  4. Market potential: Identify your customer and your market. 

  5. Competition / alternatives: Who are your direct and indirect competitors? 

  6. Business model: How do you intend to thrive?

  7. Team: Tell the story of your founders and key team members.

  8. Financials: If you have any, please include.

  9. Vision: If all goes well, what will you have built in five years?

  10. Accepted formats include: PPT, Googleslides, & PDF. Videos will not be accepted.

ABOUT THE JUDGES

Kevin Burrows YC '93

Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Diomedea Capital Advisors

Chief Investment Officer, Blue Mahoe Capital Partners

Bhaskar Ghosh PhD '94

Partner & CTO, 8VC

Josh Gordon YC '11

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Create Venture Studio


Matt LaCasse YC '10

Angel Investor

Co-Founder & CEO, Birch Benders

Catherine Stewart YC '05

Basis Set Ventures


Jillian Williams YC '14

Principal, Cowboy Ventures

CO-SPONSORS

This event is co-sponsored by:

  • 1stGen Yale

  • Yale Black Alumni Association (YBAA)

  • Yale Latino Alumni Network (YLAN)

  • Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA)

  • Yale Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alumni Association (Yale GALA)

  • Yale Blue Green

  • YaleWomen

  • YaleWomenNYC

  • YaleWomen of NorCal

  • Yale Club of Silicon Valley

  • YaleFin

  • Tsai CITY

QUESTIONS

Please contact Jo Ilfeld ‘96 (jo@incitetoleadership.com) or Chris Brady ‘05 (cbradyjr@gmail.com).