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$120,000 • 100s OF STARTUPS • 1 CHAMPION
Showdown
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 be fully hyrbid, hosted live from Charlotte, NC on Tuesday,  November 16 and broadcast globally.

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 - 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.

Dan Roselli - Judge
Dan Roselli Founder & Managing Director, RevTech Labs

Dan is co-founder of Charlotte’s technology & entrepreneurship center called Packard Place, whose alumni have raised over 2 Billion dollars in capital and have had over 200 Million in exits.

Dan also co-founded RevTechLabs, which runs the QueenCity Fintech, ranked as one of the top global fintech accelerator programs, and RevTech Labs Healthtech. Dan is on the cap table of more Charlotte region start ups than any other investor in Charlotte’s history.

Alex Estevez - Judge
Alex Estevez Venture Partner, Accel

Mr. Estevez is a Venture Partner with Accel Partners, a global leader in venture capital with past investments in top companies such as Atlassian, Crowdstrike, Dropbox, Facebook, Qualtrics, Slack, Squarespace, Spotify and Venmo. As a Venture Partner based in South Carolina, Mr. Estevez helps existing portfolio companies based outside of Silicon Valley with their growth opportunities and scale challenges.

Mr. Estevez is also a limited partner in various Accel funds. Mr. Estevez is also a board advisor to several leading venture capital firms of the Southeast United States, including Construct Capital, Knoll Ventures and Noro-Moseley Partners.

Will Weintraub - Judge
Will Weintraub CEO, OnChain Studios

Will Weinraub is a serial entrepreneur and currently CEO and Co-Founder of OnChain Studios, the makers for the NFT gaming platform Cryptoys. Before OnChain Studios, Will founded Miami-based startup LiveNinja which was acquired in 2017.

Will also invests in startups through Flamingo Capital and runs The Local Leaders Collective, an organization that helps founders overcome challenges through peer support. On the personal side, Will is obsessed with Miami sports (the Heat and Dolphins in particular), has three kids (Victoria, Kevin, and Tyler) and an Australian Shepherd (Ace). He also has a strong affinity towards really good southern bbq and thinks the best flavor combination in the world is chocolate and peanut butter.

Mentors

Cameron Cegala
Cameron Cegala
Co-Founder
General Mills Venture Studio
Jeff Perkins
Jeff Perkins
CMO and Head of Product
ParkMobile
Kate O'Neil
Kate O'Neil
Co-Founder, Head of Marketing
Teaming.com
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
Faraz Zubairi
Faraz Zubairi
CEO
Treehouse Holdings
Lauren Patrick
Lauren Patrick
VP, Marketing
Curricula
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
Aly Merritt
Aly Merritt
Head of Community
SalesLoft
Kaushal Amin
Kaushal Amin
CTO
KMS Technology
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
Adwait Joshi
Adwait Joshi
Founder and Chief Seer
DataSeers
Paul Anthony
Paul Anthony
CEO
OpStart
David Rudolph
David Rudolph
CEO
PlayOn! Sports
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
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
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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.
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