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The Monthly Startup Event for everyone
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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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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 VC investors 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, there are 6 open application periods and 12 events each year.

Startup Showdown will broadcast globally on August 26 and is open to entrepreneurs everywhere.

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.

Paul 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.

Joelle Fox
Joelle Fox CFO and Operating Partner, TechSquare Ventures

Joelle is the CFO and Operating Partner at Tech Square Ventures and Engage. In this capacity, she manages fund administration and accounting, supports the investment process, and assists portfolio companies with financial and operating strategies. Prior to joining Tech Square Ventures, Joelle served in roles including starting, growing and exiting high growth technology companies. Joelle owned processes including financial reporting, acquisition, and exit strategy analysis, acquisition integration, product and service pricing, product line profitability analysis and driving the implementation of accounting and financial reporting software.

Clay Gordon
Clay Gordon Managing Partner, Stout Street Capital

Clay is Managing Partner of Stout Street Capital, which he co-founded in 2016. Upon graduation from the University of Colorado, Clay joined a large Washington DC-based nonprofit where he led regional development efforts in the Southeast, contributing to annual fundraising of $25 million. Clay then served as the Business Development Manager for Denver-based Strata Resources Inc., before founding Stout Street Capital with business partner John Francis to become early investors in Colorado’s burgeoning tech scene. Clay specializes in fundraising and deal flow management for the fund.

Maija Ehlinger
Maija Ehlinger Editor-in-Chief, Hypepotamus

Editor-in-Chief of Hypepotamus, a publication covering tech startups and innovation across the Southeast, and a News Desk Researcher for CNN’s International Desk. Maija studied history at Emory University and Columbia School of Journalism for data journalism.

Mentors

Kate O'Neil
Kate O'Neil
Co-Founder, Head of Marketing
Teaming.com
Jonathan Goldman
Jonathan Goldman
Principal, VentureLab
Georgia Institute of Technology
Lauren Patrick
Lauren Patrick
VP, Marketing
Curricula
Jeff Perkins
Jeff Perkins
CMO and Head of Product
ParkMobile
Jennifer Tacheff
Jennifer Tacheff
CEO
Manifest Advisors
Mark Bryan Quisao
Mark Bryan Quisao
VP
FLEETCOR | (Formerly COO @ER Express)
Jason James
Jason James
CIO
Net Health
Stefanie Jewett
Stefanie Jewett
Program Manager
Square One
Gissell Malfitano
Gissell Malfitano
CMO
Yuansfer
Faraz Zubairi
Faraz Zubairi
CEO
Treehouse Holdings
Gerald Gallagher
Gerald Gallagher
Investor
Aflac Global Ventures
Aly Merritt
Aly Merritt
Head of Community
SalesLoft
Kaushal Amin
Kaushal Amin
CTO
KMS Technology
Kenny Traber
Kenny Traber
Director of Sales
Tourial
Poya Osgouei
Poya Osgouei
Principal
Poya Ventures
Alla Adam
Alla Adam
Lean Startup Coach
biohack.yourself
Alyssa McCord
Alyssa McCord
Startup Advisor
Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Todd Buelow
Todd Buelow
Principal
Dualboot Partners
Paul Anthony
Paul Anthony
CEO
OpStart
Brian Gordon
Brian Gordon
Partner
McDermott Will & Emery
Lara O'Connor Hodgson
Lara O'Connor Hodgson
President & CEO
NowⓇ
Jason Egnal
Jason Egnal
CMO
Zenfolio
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
David Rudolph
David Rudolph
CEO
PlayOn! Sports
Allyson Eman
Allyson Eman
CEO
Venture Atlanta
Stephen Weber
Stephen Weber
Associate Vice President
Nasdaq
Harold Solomon
Harold Solomon
Principal
Georgia Tech Venture Lab
Christy Johnson
Christy Johnson
CEO
AchieveIT
APPLY TO BE A MENTOR

Startups

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

Attendees

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

FAQs

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

Apply to be a Mentor