Upcoming EventsApr 21
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 by Panoramic Ventures, Startup Showdown is going on tour again in 2023, hosting 6 in-person events across the country. Applications are always open for startups to apply.
Join us at eMerge Americas for Startup Showdown in Miami, FL on April 20-21.
Guest Investor Judges
Our guest judges are eager to select tomorrow's success story today.
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.
As the Chief Commercial Officer of the Los Angeles Rams, Jennifer is responsible for overseeing all partnerships — including sales, activation, and strategy — as well as the commercialization of the media business, including owned-and-operated channels, social media accounts and media partnerships. Jennifer previously spent over 8 years at Twitter as the Global VP and Head of Content Partnerships and Managing Director of Global Media & Entertainment Partnerships.
Prior to joining Twitter in August 2013, Jennifer was Head of Industry for Film & Television at Google and Head of YouTube Media & Entertainment. Earlier, Jennifer was SVP of Advertising at Demand Media and helped the company through its IPO. Years prior, Jennifer worked at other notable companies such as American Greetings, Ziff Davis & TBWA/Chiat Day. Jennifer has spent over 25 years in digital advertising, content and partnerships.
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.
Kobie has been a partner at Upfront since 2016, with a core investing focus in SaaS, marketing technology, and emerging technologies including VR and AR. His notable Upfront investments include Bevy, Wave, Cordial and MetaCX. While at Upfront, Kobie also founded and incubated Valence, a platform to unlock economic opportunity, investment and community for Black professionals; he is also on the Advisory Board for PledgeLA, an organization working to increase diversity and equity in tech.
Prior to Upfront, Kobie was an investor at Accel, helped found OpenView Venture Partners, and was an investor at Insight Venture Partners, with early investments including Exact Target and Oculus. He was also the Chief Marketing Officer at LA-based REVOLVE, one of the largest global fashion e-commerce players. Kobie graduated from Harvard College.
Entrepreneur, investor, and two-time NBA All-Star and record-holder, over a thirteen-year career, Baron Davis played for the Charlotte Hornets, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the New York Knicks. Known for his electrifying style on the court, Davis was a powerful point guard, who won national acclaim for executing in crucial, high-pressure moments, when his team needed him the most. As a businessman, Baron was one of the original investors for Vitaminwater and helped launch Thrive Market.
Baron is also the founder of several companies, including Sports and Lifestyle in Culture (SLIC), The Black Santa Company, BIG and No Label—each with the objective of combining creative talent with original publication and production to develop and provide educational and heartwarming stories that appeal to global audiences of all ages.
Baron also served as producer of several acclaimed documentaries including Crips and Bloods: Made In America, 30 for 30: Sole Man, and The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce.
Apolo is the most decorated US Winter Olympian in history, earning eight Olympic medals in short-track speed skating across three consecutive Olympic Games.
Following his final Games, Apolo took his understanding of sports psychology & his personal experience with success & setbacks to develop a resilient and mission-driven approach to life. He wrote a book on this subject, Zero Regrets, a New York Times bestseller.
He has been a broadcaster, analyst, and commentator for 2012, 2014, and 2018 Olympics. He remains deeply entrenched in the Olympic movement, being a board member for the LA28 Olympics in Los Angeles.
As a partner at Tribe Capital, Apolo and the team are focused on using product and data science to engineer N-of-1 companies and investments across all investment, acquisition, and IPO stages.