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$120,000 • 100s OF STARTUPS • 1 CHAMPION
Showdown
The Monthly Startup Event for everyone
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Sep 28, 2022
Nashville, TN
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 hosted virtually on Thursday, June 30 at 7PM ET.

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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FAQs

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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.

Kathryn O'Day
Kathryn O'Day Partner

Kathryn is a partner at Atlanta Ventures where she empowers entrepreneurs to learn, build, and grow. She has been scaling Atlanta tech companies for over a decade as employee #9 at Pardot (acquired by ExactTarget then Salesforce) and COO at Rigor (acquired by Splunk).

She is a 7x Ironman Triathlon Finisher including two World Championships.

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.

Jaisa Gooden
Jaisa Gooden VP, Startup Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Jaisa Gooden is a venture capital professional specializing in working with underrepresented entrepreneurs and investors. She is currently Vice President, Startup Banking at Silicon Valley Bank where she focuses on supporting pre-Series A founders across Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Prior to this, she managed initial deal evaluation and portfolio management for a NY-based $100M venture capital fund for women of color entrepreneurs. She is a Jamaican-American proudly raised in Atlanta on a mission to bring the opportunities of economic inclusion to communities that have been excluded from participating in wealth generated by equity and ownership. She currently serves as a Venture Partner at Noemis Ventures where she focuses on fintech, AI/ML, and marketplaces.

She received her undergraduate education at Howard University and University of Hawaii at Manoa and is an alumna of the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program and HBCUvc Top 31 Under 31. She speaks regularly on investing and entrepreneurship panels including LinkedIn, Johnson & Johnson, and the White House.

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Principal, VentureLab
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Jennifer Tacheff
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Mark Bryan Quisao
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Tanya Morris
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Gissell Malfitano
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Steve Ostroff
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Lean Startup Coach
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CEO
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Trent McClure
Director of Product
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Katie Christian
Head of Customer Success
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Patrick Wiseman
Founder and CEO
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Allyson Eman
CEO
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Holly Beilin
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Mark Tegtmeier
Founder and CEO
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Stephen Weber
Associate Vice President
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Harold Solomon
Harold Solomon
Principal
Georgia Tech Venture Lab
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Christy Johnson
CEO
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CEO
Expetitle
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Adam Marx
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Jessica Shraybman
Founder and Managing Partner
Shraybman Law, PLLC
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Dan Roselli
Founder and Managing Director
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Grahme Taylor
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Associate
Wildcat Venture Partners
Harry Lee
Harry Lee
Co-founder and President
Fuel Media TV
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Jesse Lindsley
Founder and CEO
Thrust Interactive
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Kerry Tracy Rapp
Product Manger and Strategy Director
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Sam Agarwal
CEO
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Luis Murguia
Luis Murguia
Managing Director
Murguia Associates, LLC
Musaddeq Khan
Musaddeq Khan
Chief Product Officer
BlueConduit
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Client Development
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CEO
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