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The Silicon Valley ElevatorPitch is a monthly event for early stage high-tech startup entrepreneurs to get a chance to deliver a 2-minute elevator pitch to a panel of seasoned angel investors. WHO?

This monthly event is sponsored by PeopleConnect, a 15 year old high tech startup recruiting firm and Fathom Law, a modern business and technology law firm, led by Eric Ferraro, a former startup Founder and CEO. Producing the event is Max Shapiro, CEO of PeopleConnect, who has been hosting monthly pitch events for the past 5 years, including PitchForce (pitch-force.com).

SV ElevatorPitch is hosted and sponsored by Reed Smith, which has been named one of the top firms for client service ten years running.


Presenters are chosen on a first come first served basis, and only 10 startup entrepreneurs are allowed to pitch at each event. YOU MUST SIGN UP ONLINE, AND WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO ASAP. SELECT THE 'Pitching Entrepreneurs' TICKET TYPE TO REGISTER!

Presenters will receive instructions on the 8 key points to cover in your pitch, as well as a sample pitch. Pitches will be reviewed by the SV ElevatorPitch team prior to the event, to make sure that you are delivering a message that will resonate with the panel. In addition please send your 2-minute manuscript for our review accompanied by a video of your pitch to the email address below.

Following your 2-minute pitch, there will be 4 minutes of questions and answers, followed by 4 minutes of non-rebuttal feedback. After the feedback, judges vote on a 1 to 5 scale as to what they think of your idea, your chances for success, and the quality of your pitch. This is a great opportunity to find out what experienced and savvy angels think of your startup and how it stacks up to the competition. The winner will recieve a direct invitation to PitchForce and a Keiretsu Forum Academy Scholarship valued at $1500. Learn more about the academy here!



If you're interesting in attending and not pitching please purchase a normal admission ticket above. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at max@peopleconnectstaffing.com. We look forward to seeing you there!


If you feel that you’re not quite ready to pitch, or if you are not ready for possible investment or just wanting to network with startup CEOs and Angels, this is a great event for you to attend. You’ll observe and learn what’s important to potential investors and how to pitch successfully in a short period of time.

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San Francisco Elevator Pitch