Past Meetup

Whiteboard Pitching

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Price: $10.00 /per person
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What: Whiteboard Pitching for Women founded startups

When: Thursday May 28th 2015 - 5:30-7:30pm

Breakdown: 5:30pm-6:00pm social half hour, whiteboard pitching & Q&A 6:00pm-7:00pm, 7:00pm audience voting, 7:15pm winners announced and given small denomination, non-sequential money.

Presenters: You will be giving a 5 minute pitch and drawing your ideas on a white board telling the world about your company and you draw. You don't have to draw...but, it's kinda fun and kinda the idea. No Powerpoint allowed.

Where: NedSpace - 619 SW 11th, Suite 250

Who: Emcee Maria Webster @ubergeeke & organizer Lin Carson @LinCarson

Pitching: 6 Women founded startups from all industries, the audience will select three cash winners

Audience: First 50 people can purchase tickets, both men or women, men are allowed to buy tickets, just not pitch, capiche? Just women will pitch, people of all genders may purchase tickets.

The purpose of the event is to give women a platform to showcase their entrepreneurial talent.

Basis: Women are 50% of the American population. Yet, less than 8% of investments go to women businesses. Let’s join Warren Buffet in his vision :”We’ve seen what can be accomplished when we use 50% of our human capacity. If you visualize what 100% can do, you’ll join me as an unbridled optimist about America’s future”.

Tickets: $10 in advance, $20 at the door, limited to 50 people

100% of ticket sales will be awarded to the three best pitches chosen by the crowd. So dollars of tickets sold, divided by Pitchlandia

Scholarship tickets are available if $10 is a challenge at this time, contact Lin direct at [masked]

Of course, the presenters are NOT buying their tickets, pitch events that charge for pitching are uncool.

Maria Webster is an engineer and entrepreneur who loves all things brain-expanding and happily resides in the Portland, OR area with her family. Maria is hostess for the evenings festivities. Lin Carson, who has a doctorate in cereal sciences, founder of BAKERpedia who's favorite quote is “Eat cereal grains, don’t eat beans, cos they are a strong prebiotic, and will make you fart”

Why Whiteboard Pitching? It solves two big problems we see in other pitch contest formats. Firstly, it’s different. After being blinded by one more souless power point, we get tired. We want the founder to tell the story of HOW their company came to be in a genuine, engaging way. Secondly, and more importantly, it forces the founder to have a crystal clear, summarized nugget that explains why their company is great. What ís the story behind Whiteboard Pitching? In the second Steve Jobs era at Apple, the ad agency was getting a debrief from Apple management and Jobs was late to the meeting. The managers filled two hours with endless Powerpoint drivel and droned on and on. When Jobs showed up, he was informed that the session was all done and everyone was up to speed. Jobs proceeded to go to the whiteboard, and sequentially engaged the agency in a captivating 5 minute white board overview. He drew 14 things, crossed out all but two, and emphasized that those two items should be the concentration of all of Apples upcoming efforts. That clarity marked the beginning of Apple’s comeback after Job’s return. We figured if it was good enough for Apple, it is good enough for you.


DO You Want to Pitch?: If you're a Portland (or surrounding areas) woman and has founded, or is close to founding your startup, apply to pitch by simply creating a 1-3 minute, one single shot, unlisted video ( on YouTube.

Once you've shot and uploaded your 1-3 minute unlisted video to YouTube please submit the link via this Google form: