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Elevator Pitches + Adeo Ressi, Roger Royse & Jon Soberg~Prizes Valued Up to 2K!


This event is free to attend.

Please RSVP "YES" only if you will be attending.

If you RSVP  "YES" and find out later that you cannot attend, please adjust your RSVP response accordingly.


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The elevator pitch is part of the cultural landscape of Silicon Valley.

Deliver your 60 second pitch in front of a live audience of entrepreneurs, technologists and possible investors in a fun, yet competitive format -- with prizes at stake!

Attendees will also hear commentary from a distinguished panel consisting of prominent players in the Silicon Valley funding eco-system.




Prizes Valued at Over $2000

$1000 grant to the Founders Institute (must pass their entrance exam)

Consultation with Roger Royse Attorney at Law.

A meeting with Jon Soberg, Blumberg Capital

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Everyone who shows up will get a complementary fee waiver to apply founders Institute program in San Francisco (a $50 value).



6:00 pm - Networking and Food

7:00 - Welcome and intros

7:10 - 60 Second Pitches (approx. 30-40 entrepreneurs)

8:00 - Commentary, Discussion and Feedback - Adeo Ressi, Roger Royse, and Jon Soberg

8:45 - Acknowledgement of top winning pitches as per anonymous audience scoring.

Prizes awarded.

8:55 - Event wrap-up, announcements, raffle

9:00 - Networking!

60 Second Pitches

Here is the suggested format that we recommend you use:

Who are you and what is your background? (5-10 seconds)
What is the problem that your product is solving? Or, begin with a story. (10-20 seconds)
Explain the product and how it solves the problem. (10-20 seconds)
Who do you need on your team (a developer, marketing, designer)? (5-10 Seconds)



Q: How do we apply to pitch?

A: When you RSVP for the event, please indicate that you would like to pitch.

Please also send an email with details on your pitch to:  [masked]


Q: What is the dress code?

A: Feel free to dress as you wish. Typically, there's everything from very casual to highly professional and everything in between.

Q: Does everyone that attends get to pitch?

A: No! Some are curious, some want to watch, some come to pitch, and some decide during the event to pitch!

Due to the limited number spaces, and the high volume of applicants, the organizers reserve the right to select pitch participants.



Our Distingished Panel

Adeo Ressi (Founder Institute), Roger Royse (Royse Law Firm), and Jon Soberg (Blumberg Capital) - will provide commentary, discuss their experiences as entrepreneurs and provide insights on how to deliver effective startup pitches.



CEO, Founder Institute,
CEO, The,

Adeo Ressi is CEO of the Founder Institute, an idea-stage incubator for high-tech entre

preneurs with chapters in over 20 cities worldwide. The Institute plans to help launch 1,000 companies per year worldwide. Adeo serves as the Founding Member of, an online resource for CEO's to research, rate, and review venture firms worldwide. has two goals: streamline the fundraising process and encourage more innovation through venture investment. Mr. Ressi also serves on the Board of the X PRIZE foundation, a non-profit chartered to inspire human achievements through competition



Royse Law Firm,

Roger Royse has practiced tax and corporate law since 1984. He provides services to a wide spectrum of clients, from newly formed startups to publicly traded multinationals, in a broad range of industries. He also practices in the area of angel and venture fund formation. Roger is widely published on technical tax topics, is a regular speaker for the California CPA Education Foundation and has been an adjunct Professor of Taxation (Property Transactions and International Taxation) for Golden Gate University. Prior to founding the Royse Law Firm, he practiced with the Silicon Valley law firms of GCA Law Partners LLP (formerly General Counsel Associates LLP) and Berliner Cohen, and the New York City office of Milbank Tweed, Hadley and McCloy. Roger is an active member of the American Bar Association Tax Section and Business Law Section.



Blumberg Capital,

Jon Soberg has over 17 years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur, and operational executive. Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Jon held CEO, COO and CFO positions at several startups, and has built large organizations from the ground up in several companies including Ditech, Broadband Digital Group and Adforce, which had a highly successful IPO. A CFA Charterholder and adjunct faculty in the Wharton Marketing Department, Jon has consulted for top companies including Toyota, HSBC, Neiman Marcus, Capital Group and Accenture. Jon started his career in technology at CMU’s Field Robotics Center.



If you would like to pitch, please  send an email to:





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  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time. Pizza was good. Adeo was hilarious. Shout out to co-organizer Nick who pulled through despite the odds. Thanks Nick!

    May 14, 2013

  • Marshall Childs F.

    One of the better meetups I have been to this year. The energy is really good. Lots of great products and real awards ! 4 k extra plus, the event is understated. Next month !

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Oksana

    Great event. Well managed, interesting judges.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Roger R.

    Fun night

    May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Entertaining and informative, I appreciated the feedback, especially the primer upfront. Anyone can just talk. But primer and feedback were educational.

    May 14, 2013

  • Amy L.

    Roger was super sweet, adeo, mean yet super funny, Jon, right on the money! We learned and laughed, it was a great event!

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • KC L.

    Here is the link to the videos of tonight's Meetup enjoy !:

    May 14, 2013

  • Josh H.


    May 14, 2013

  • Helen Y.

    Busy at work

    May 13, 2013

  • Harrison R.

    I'm here.

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    May 13, 2013

  • Rob

    If you are pitching come at 6 pm and let them know at the check in desk. Ask for Nick. He will hold a briefing for the pitchers.

    We will accept walk ins who request to pitch based on space availability on the agenda. Mention that you would like to pitch at check in.

    May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone want to carpool from San Jose near Cupertino? I was hoping to bike, but it's a hike.

    May 13, 2013

    • Tom V.

      Sure - What is your address and when can you start

      May 13, 2013

    • Albert Q.

      I am coming from Santa Clara

      May 13, 2013

  • Tim C.

    I did not get any response about doing a pitch (per my email last week). Not sure if I'm on the last.

    Tim Connelly, WPI

    May 13, 2013

  • Josh H.

    We would love to pitch Bringsy: a p2p delivery service.

    May 13, 2013

  • AK

    Not at this time.

    May 13, 2013

  • Ishwar J.

    I would like to pitch I Love GOD

    May 12, 2013

  • Nick J.

    We're looking forward to having lots of good pitches.Generally speaking please not pitch if you're looking to solicit business from startups please only pitch if you're looking to get feedback on your pitch.

    May 12, 2013

  • Mariano Andrés G.

    Hello, I was wondering if it's ok to pitch about a service company. We're an UX agency that just landed in Silicon Valley and would like to connect with people needing design help. Thanks!

    May 10, 2013

    • Laura C.

      I need it!!! where are you from? i will be at the event...let's connect there ;)

      May 10, 2013

    • Nick J.

      it is to get feed back on your pitch not to solicit. Thx

      May 12, 2013

  • Oliver L.

    Let me pitch!

    May 10, 2013

  • Dirk M.

    I would like to pitch

    May 10, 2013

  • Oksana

    I'm pitching, too.

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to pitch uPotia, Christian Network (

    May 10, 2013

  • Ann

    I'd like to pitch.

    May 10, 2013

    • Ann

      May 10, 2013

  • Daniil K.

    id' like to pitch

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I would like to pitch FLASHiZ (

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to pitch.

    May 8, 2013

  • Olivier L.

    Hello, I would like to pitch (

    May 7, 2013

  • Nick J.

    please send an e-mail if you want to pitch to [masked]

    May 7, 2013

  • Livia

    I want to pitch!

    May 6, 2013

  • Shawn A.

    For fun, I would like to pitch!

    May 5, 2013

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