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$120,000 • 100s OF STARTUPS • 1 CHAMPION
Showdown
The Monthly Startup Event for everyone
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Nov 9, 2022
Los Angeles, CA
Apr 21, 2023
Miami Beach, FL

open to tech entrepreneurs everywhere

Startup Showdown is a unique opportunity for early-stage startups to present to well-known investors and innovators in the tech ecosystem as they look to take their company to the next level. All finalists will pitch to guest investor judges while at the same time building long-lasting connections in the innovation ecosystem. This is the competition to be a part of, showcasing the next frontier of innovation and the most promising talent of the day.

Hosted monthly by Panoramic Ventures, Startup Showdown is going on tour in 2022, hosting 6 in-person events, and 5 virtual. Now, applications are always open for startups to apply.

Startup Showdown will be hosted in-person in Nashville, TN on Wednesday, September 28.

Startups

There's $120,000 and momentum-building exposure on the line in a high-stakes pitch competition for early-stage tech startups.
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Attendees

Limited tickets are available for a front-row seat to watch the most innovative tech startups compete for investment.

FAQs

Are you ready to submit your application or register to attend the event but still have questions? We answer all of them here.
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Event Overview

Round
1
25 Semifinalists are selected from hundreds of applications to attend Mentor Day and further refine their pitch.
Round
2
After Mentor Day, five finalists will be selected to pitch to a panel of judges with $2B+ of portfolio exits.
Round
3
Finalists compete for a $120,000 investment and Showdown bragging rights in front of a live audience.

Guest Investor Judges

Our guest judges are eager to select tomorrow's success story today.

William Hsu
William Hsu Co-Founder & Partner, Mucker Capital

William is the co-founder and partner at Mucker Capital.

Prior to forming Mucker Capital, William was the SVP and Chief Product Officer of AT&T Interactive. Previously, as a fresh college graduate, he founded BuildPoint (Acquired by NYSE:ROP) – a SaaS provider of bid management & marketplace services to the commercial construction industry. William helped the company grow to over 250 employees and raised over $50M in venture capital. In between, he has led product teams at eBay, Green Dot (NYSE:GDOT) and Spot Runner.

William holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.

Marlon Nichols
Marlon Nichols Co-Founder and Managing General Partner, MaC Venture Capital

Marlon Nichols is the co-founder and managing general partner at MaC Venture Capital, a seed-stage venture capital firm that invests in visionary founders building the future that the world wants to see.

Prior to MaC Venture Capital, Marlon was founder of Cross Culture Ventures and served as Investment Director at Intel Capital. Some of his current and previous portfolio companies include Blavity, Gimlet Media, LISNR, Mayvenn, MongoDB, PlayVS, Pipe, Thrive Market and Wonderschool, among others.

Marlon was recently honored as a member of the 2022 class of the LA500 list and as a top early stage investor on Insider’s 2022 Seed 100 list. Additionally, he is the recipient of MVMT50’s SXSW 2018 Innovator of the Year award, Digital Diversity’s Innovation & Inclusion Change Agent award and was a TechWeek 100 winner. He was named Pitchbook’s 25 Black Founders and VCs to Watch in 2018, 2019 and 2020, and one of Silicon Republic’s 26 VC professionals spearheading change.

Paul Judge - Judge
Paul Judge Managing Partner, Panoramic Ventures

Dr. Paul Judge has cofounded three companies that were acquired and has invested in over 30 companies. He is Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Pindrop. Previously Paul was cofounder of TechSquare Labs. Paul was also Co-Founder of Purewire, a web security company, that was acquired by Barracuda in 2008. Paul served as Chief Research Officer at Barracuda through its IPO in 2013. Prior to this, Paul was CTO of CipherTrust, a leader in email security, that was acquired by Secure Computing in 2006. Paul is the lead inventor of over 30 patents and has received many awards including being named to the Fortune’s Top 40 Under 40 List.

Haley Zapolski
Haley Zapolski

Haley “Zap” Zapolski is the Managing Director of Jumpstart Foundry, a pre-seed healthtech fund.

In her role, she primarily focuses on fundraising, investor relations, and building the JSF brand.  She is passionate about startup community building and is the founder of NashTech, a grassroots organization on a mission to grow the startup ecosystem in Nashville, TN.  Zap is co-host of “The Cap Table,” a podcast with intricate investor conversations about raising capital, finding the right deals, and investing in general.  Outside of work she is a board member at Mending Hearts, an active neighbor in Bordeaux on the Bordeaux/North Nashville Participatory Budgeting Committee, and an enthusiast for Nashville’s latest restaurants and bars.

Mark Buffington
Mark Buffington Managing Partner, Panoramic Ventures

Since founding BIP Capital in 2006, Mark has built what is now Panoramic into the region’s most active Venture Capital firm and one of the most recognized brands in venture capital outside of Silicon Valley.

Mark has led investment rounds in more than 80 companies in numerous industries (Healthcare, Digital Media, Ed Tech, Enterprise SaaS, FinTech and Advanced Computing).

Mark graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology (where he lettered as a varsity baseball player) and received an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

Derrick Morgan
Derrick Morgan Managing Partner, KNGDM Group

Derrick Morgan is a former NFL linebacker who enjoyed an amazing 9 year career with the Tennessee Titans. Derrick has a passion to change the narrative of a traditional athlete. He is a champion of empowerment for the underserved as well as an advocate for financial literacy.

He is a co-founder of NexLegacy construction company, and engages with FEMA to deliver construction services to areas hit by natural disasters. Derrick is an angel investor, investing in dozens of companies over his professional career.

Derrick started KNGDM Group, an Opportunity Zone initiative focused on investing in projects and companies that generate a “double bottom line return.” He is an early investor in food sustainable company Beyond meat, as well as Bitwise, a tech startup that administers technology training for minorities.

Chris Sloan
Chris Sloan Chair - Emerging Companies Team, Baker Donelson

Chris Sloan is chair of the Emerging Companies Team at Baker Donelson and focuses his practice on startups and other emerging businesses and also handles complex software and other IT transactions for both small and large companies alike.

Chris helps many early-stage, high-growth businesses with business planning and formation, venture capital funding, drafting and negotiating vendor and customer agreements, strategic contract negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property protection and other general business law and intellectual property law issues.

As the leader of the firm’s Blockchain & Cryptocurrency team, he also counsels clients on matters related to blockchain, cryptocurrency, DeFi, and similar distributed ledger technologies.

Mentors

Kate O'Neil
Kate O'Neil
Co-Founder, Head of Marketing
Teaming.com
Tim Dorr
Tim Dorr
Managing Director
Techstars Atlanta
Cameron Cegala
Cameron Cegala
Co-Founder
General Mills Venture Studio
Jeff Perkins
Jeff Perkins
CEO
ParkMobile
J.R. McNair
J.R. McNair
CEO
The Velocity City
Gerald Gallagher
Gerald Gallagher
Investor
Healthworx
Richard Harris
Richard Harris
Founder
The Harris Consulting Group, LLC
Jonathan Goldman
Jonathan Goldman
Principal, VentureLab
Georgia Institute of Technology
Lauren Patrick
Lauren Patrick
VP, Marketing
Curricula
Jennifer Tacheff
Jennifer Tacheff
CEO
Manifest Advisors
Mark Bryan Quisao
Mark Bryan Quisao
VP
Panoramic Ventures
Jason James
Jason James
CIO
Net Health
Tanya T Morris
Tanya Morris
President and Founder
Mom Your Business
Stefanie Jewett
Stefanie Jewett
Program Manager
Square One
Gissell Malfitano
Gissell Malfitano
CMO
Yuansfer
Aly Merritt
Aly Merritt
Managing Director
Atlanta Tech Village
Steve Ostroff
Steve Ostroff
General Manager
Fiserv
Alla Adam
Alla Adam
Lean Startup Coach
biohack.yourself
Alyssa McCord
Alyssa McCord
Startup Advisor
Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Adwait Joshi
Adwait Joshi
Founder and Chief Seer
DataSeers
Paul Anthony
Paul Anthony
CEO
OpStart
David Rudolph
David Rudolph
CEO
PlayOn! Sports
Mike Gomez
Mike Gomez
Allegro Consulting
President
Lara O'Connor Hodgson
Lara O'Connor Hodgson
President & CEO
NowⓇ
Jamie Walker
Jamie Walker
SVP Marketing
Keyfactor
Trent McClure
Trent McClure
Director of Product
Panoramic Ventures
Katie Christian
Katie Christian
Head of Customer Success
Calendly
Christy Johnson
Christy Johnson
CEO
AchieveIT
Patrick Wiseman
Patrick Wiseman
Founder and CEO
Spaceship
Allyson Eman
Allyson Eman
CEO
Venture Atlanta
Holly Beilin
Holly Beilin
Head of Content and Communications
Flock Safety
Mark Tegtmeier
Mark Tegtmeier
Founder and CEO
Trailmerge
Stephen Weber
Stephen Weber
Associate Vice President
Nasdaq
Harold Solomon
Harold Solomon
Principal
Georgia Tech Venture Lab
Dauda Barry
Dauda Barry
CEO
Alidasoft
Sean Daly
Sean Daly
CEO
Expetitle
Musaddeq Khan
Musaddeq Khan
Chief Product Officer
BlueConduit
Jude Fils-Aimé
Jude Fils-Aimé
Cybersecurity
Evangelist
Adam Marx
Adam Marx
Founder and Speaker
The Zero to One Networker
Chris Moreno
Chris Moreno
Investor and Advisor
On Deck
Jessica Shraybman
Jessica Shraybman
Founder and Managing Partner
Shraybman Law, PLLC
Dan Roselli
Dan Roselli
Founder and Managing Director
RevTech Labs
Grahme Taylor
Grahme Taylor
Associate
Wildcat Venture Partners
Harry Lee
Harry Lee
Co-founder and President
Fuel Media TV
Jesse Lindsley
Jesse Lindsley
Founder and CEO
Thrust Interactive
Kerry Tracy Rapp
Kerry Tracy Rapp
Product Manger and Strategy Director
picky.fun
Sam Agarwal
Sam Agarwal
CEO
AppZoro Technologies Inc.
Luis Murguia
Luis Murguia
Managing Director
Murguia Associates, LLC
Kevin Peak
Kevin Peak
Client Development
Truist Financial
Andrew Tabit
Andrew Tabit
CEO
MVP Now Studio
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