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Pitch Competition

Over $1.7 Million of Investment, Cash, and In-Kind Prizes

Competition Details

Applications are now closed
Live pitches February 4-5, 2021


We are looking for all pre-seed through series B companies interested in venture backing, and headquartered in Houston / Gulf Coast Region (West to Bryan/College Station, North to Montgomery, South to Galveston, East to Beaumont). Whether you’ve bootstrapped or raised capital previously, we want to see what you have to offer!


Winners will be selected by a group of top national and Houston-based VC investors.


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Competition Prizes

Investment Prizes*

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*Investment prizes are contingent on the ability of the venture firm to identify startup(s) that meet their investment thesis and ability to reach an agreement with the startup(s) on investment terms.

Cash Prizes






In-Kind Prizes

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Baird Capital makes venture capital, growth equity and private equity investments across three sectors of focus: HealthcareIndustrial Solutions, and Technology and Services

Prize offering

o  Consultative office hours with one of their investment team members.

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Lead Edge Capital is a growth-equity investment firm targeting high-growth software, internet and technology enabled services companies globally.

Prize offering

o   Strategic introductions to their network with investors or strategic partners.

o   Iterative pitch deck reviews to ensure clear, concise messaging that resounds with potential investors.


Updata Partners is a growth equity firm investing in B2B Software and Software-Enabled Services companies that they identify in dynamic, high growth markets.

Prize offering

o   Iterative pitch deck reviews to ensure clear, concise messaging that resounds with potential investors.


VenBio is a stage agnostic venture capital firm investing in Series through Series B rounds in therapeutic drug discovery and development opportunitiesfor unmet medical needs.

Prize offering

o   Advisory session on how to best frame the best pitch and market opportunity.

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Greentown Labs is an accelerator seeking to invest in the clean technology, energy, and environmental sectors.

Prize offering

o   Participation in the member's only CEO round tables

o   Supply Chain Strategic Consultation

o   Access to incubation programing

o   Complementary desk and seating for 2 team members at Greentown Houston


Greycroft invests in seed, early, and late stage internet or internet-enabled companies in a broad range of industries

Prize offering

o   Three advisory strategy sessions with a Greycroft investment team member that would cover how a VC would think about investing in the winner’s company, a deep dive on the product/service, and advice on how to execute a successful fundraise.


Capital Factory is a venture capital firm and an accelerator seeking to invest in seed-stage, early-stage and later-stage companies in the software, media and technology sectors in Texas.

Prize offering

o   Capital Factory Texas Startup Manifesto Award

      o    6 months free coworking membership at any Capital Factory location, with virtual access options

      o    Curated introductions to 20 investors

      o    Automatic acceptance into Capital Factory Ventures (requires 1% equity grant)

      o    Up to $100K worth of free hosting credits


Flyover Capital is a Seed and Series A venture capital company that invests in high-growth B2B technology companies poised to transform theregion's largest industries.

Prize offering

o   Three 45-minute mentoring sessions with the Flyover team on topics of the winner’s choice.


Crosscut Ventures is the largest seed-stage venture capital firm in Los Angeles focused on B2B technology, healthcare, transportation, and consumer verticals.

Prize offering

o   Assistance with deck review and deck compilation.

o   Access to network with potential introductions to 8-10 investors or co-investors.


.406 Ventures invests in early and late stage technology and technology-enabled service companies focused on cybersecurity, digital health and data & cloud.

Prize offering

o   Two 30-45 min advisory sessions that will cover any topic of the winner’s choice.