Startup
$120,000 • 100s OF STARTUPS • 1 CHAMPION
Showdown
The Monthly Startup Event for everyone
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May 26, 2022
Austin, TX
Jun 30, 2022
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Jul 28, 2022
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Aug 25, 2022
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Nov 9, 2022
Los Angeles, CA

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 fully hyrbid, hosted live in Austin, TX on Thursday, May 26 and broadcast globally.

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.
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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.

Nait Jones
Nait Jones Head of Growth, Royal

Nait Jones is Head of Growth at Royal. He has a 20-year background in go-to-market strategy with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, startups, consumer internet, and entertainment-driven business (music, gaming, movies). A student of culture and how it impacts brands and consumers from having grown up all over the world and from taking a less traditional path out of hardship into leadership. He now mentors startup executives and shares cultural and leadership insights with brand and digital executives who manage the worlds most recognizable consumer brands.

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.

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.

Joshua Baer
Joshua Baer Founder and CEO, Capital Factory

Joshua Baer helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. He’s the founder of Capital Factory, a startup community that helps entrepreneurs find investors, customers and employees. Josh founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory at Carnegie Mellon University and now teaches a class at the University of Texas for student entrepreneurs. He is a Henry Crown Fellow and Braddock Scholar at the Aspen Institute, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations Young Leaders Forum, an Eisenhower Fellow, and a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League Torch of Liberty.

Mellie Price
Mellie Price Founder and General Partner, Purposeful Capital

Mellie Price is an experienced startup executive, venture fund manager, angel investor, and philanthropist. An eight-time entrepreneur herself with several successful exits under her belt, Mellie is a widely respected educator, thought leader, and public speaker on all things entrepreneurship.

Mellie is Founder and General Partner at Purposeful Capital, a Partner at Notley, Program Director for Texas Venture Labs and the M.S. Technology Commercialization program at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, founder of Purposeful Capital, a Senior Advisor at Ecliptic Capital, and a current member of the Board of Directors for PBS Austin (KLRU-TV), Leadership Austin, Notley Impact, BEAM, Medical Informatics Corporation, and Victory Fund. She has also been honored with the prestigious Profiles in Power (2015) and Tech Titan (2014) awards and served on the Austin Mayor’s Technology Advisory Committee.

Mellie holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Natural Sciences and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business both at the University of Texas at Austin.

Mentors

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Cameron Cegala
Co-Founder
General Mills Venture Studio
Jeff Perkins
Jeff Perkins
CEO
ParkMobile
Kate O'Neil
Kate O'Neil
Co-Founder, Head of Marketing
Teaming.com
Tim Dorr
Tim Dorr
Managing Director
Techstars Atlanta
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
FLEETCOR
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
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
Christy Johnson
Christy Johnson
CEO
AchieveIT
Sean Daly
Sean Daly
CEO
Expetitle
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
Musaddeq Khan
Musaddeq Khan
Chief Product Officer
BlueConduit
Kevin Peak
Kevin Peak
Client Development
Truist Financial
Andrew Tabit
Andrew Tabit
CEO
MVP Now Studio
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