PITCH NYC 2012 Competition Finalists & Judges

Women 2.0 PITCH NYC Conference & Competition 2012

A Collaborative Forum For Entrepreneurs

November 14, 2012 – Manhattan Center – New York, NY


Finalists For The 2012 PITCH NYC Startup Competition

Congrats to the female founders of ActivityHero, Alike, Citizen Made, Clear Returns, EatDrinkJobs, LightningBuy, Maternova, NewlyWish, The Daily Muse and Whit.li.

Watch 10 top women-led startups pitch live to a judging panel on November 14, 2012 at PITCH NYC Conference & Competition for prizes such as investor meetings and $25,000 cash. You can get your ticket to join hundreds of men and women in tech/entrepreneurship/business for PITCH NYC 2012 Conference & Competition here.

Company: ActivityHero
Elevator pitch: “ActivityHero is a social marketplace for kids activities. We make it easy for busy parents to find, plan & coordinate after-school activities & summer camps.”
Located in: San Jose, CA
Founder(s): Chandini Ammineni, Shipa Dalmia, Peggy Chang

Company: Alike
Elevator pitch: “Alike is purchase research made simple.”
Located in: Bellevue, WA
Founder(s): Maria Renhui Zhang

Company: Citizen Made
Elevator pitch: “Citizen Made is a visual product customization toolkit for online stores.”
Located in: Chicago, IL
Founder(s): Rachel Brooks, Bryn McCoy

Company: Clear Returns
Elevator pitch: “Clear Returns intelligently protects retail profit using predictive analytics to identify the product, customers & behaviors driving apparel returns.”
Located in: Glasgow, Scotland
Founder(s): Vicky Brock

Company: EatDrinkJobs
Elevator pitch: “EatDrinkJobs is the easiest way to hire and be hired in the hospitality community.”
Located in: New York, NY
Founder(s): Julie Lerner

Company: LightningBuy
Elevator pitch: “LightningBuy enables ecommerce retailers to sell on mobile directly from Facebook posts, Tweets, Pinterest pins, Google search results, QR codes, or any ad campaign without a mobile site, app, or Facebook storefront.”
Located in: Greenwich, CT
Founder(s): Carissa Ganelli, Jeffrey Oh, Stephanie Leung

Company: Maternova
Elevator pitch: “Maternova is a pathbreaking global marketplace and online community aggregating life-saving health technologies to save mothers and newborns.”
Located in: Providence, RI
Founder(s): Meg Wirth

Company: NewlyWish
Elevator pitch: “NewlyWish is an online wedding registry gifting service that unites independent shops and brands with couples creating gift lists.”
Located in: New York, NY
Founder(s): Amanda Allen, Robard Williams, Mark Bartlett

Company: The Daily Muse
Elevator pitch: “The Daily Muse provides engaging job search & end-to-end career development for professionals.”
Located in: New York, NY
Founder(s): Kathryn Minshew, Alex Cavoulacos, Melissa McCreery

Company: Whit.li
Elevator pitch: “Whit.li provides Enterprises with unprecedented social media intelligence by segmenting fans and followers in real-time, based on personality, lifestyle and real interests.”
Located in: Austin, TX
Founder(s): Andi Gillentine, Jack Holt

Thanks to everyone for applying to PITCH – see you on November 14 as we watch who wins top prize!

Competition Judges

The finalists from PITCH NYC 2012 Startup Competition will pitch onstage live in front of the audience and live judging panel for prizes including $25,000 cash and investor meetings.

Alexis Ohanian (Ambassador, Y Combinator)
Alexis is a Brooklyn-based investor with over 50 tech startups in his portfolio. He currently sits on the board of Reddit, which he co-founded in 2005. Reddit was acquired by Condé Nast in October 2006. Alexis launched Breadpig in 2008 and then helped launch Hipmunk in 2010. Currently, Alexis is working on writing a book and currently serves as Ambassador for Y Combinator. Follow him on Twitter at @AlexisOhanian.

Brad Svrluga (Co-Founder & General Partner, High Peaks Venture Partners)
Brad is a General Partner at High Peaks Venture Partners. Brad focuses his investing activities on web services and digital media. At High Peaks, he has led the firm’s successfully exited investments in Pump Audio, Threadsmith, Allworx and TxVia. Brad leads High Peaks’ efforts in the NYC market, and is an active participant in the NYC venture community. Follow him on Twitter at @bradsvrluga.

Charlie O’Donnell (Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures)
Brooklyn Bridge Ventures is a seed stage fund where Charlie is an investor in startups in Brooklyn and New York who are leveraging technology in some way – either by selling it or by leveraging it to provide a service. The fund will look at nearly all areas of technology, except for anything that requires a scientist to understand – like biotech, semiconductors, etc. Follow him on Twitter at @ceonyc.

David Tisch (Managing Partner, BoxGroup)
David manages BoxGroup, a seed stage investment fund investing in talented entrepreneurs building disruptive technology companies. Based in New York City, BoxGroup actively invests in the New York Metro Region and opportunistically elsewhere. Previously, David worked as Managing Director of TechStars NYC. He is an angel investor based in NYC. Follow him on Twitter at @davetisch.

Jalak Jobanputra (Managing Partner, FuturePerfect Ventures)
Jalak is Managing Partner at FuturePerfect Ventures. Previously, she was managing partner at RTP Ventures. Prior to that, she was the Director of Mobile Investments at Omidyar Network. She has over 18 years experience in venture capital, media and technology. She was previously SVP at the New York City Investment Fund, where she spearheaded the formation NYCSeed in 2008. Follow her on Twitter at @jalak.

James Robinson (Co-Founder & Managing Partner, RRE Ventures)
James is a co-founder of expansion stage investment technology firm RRE Ventures. He has been active within the technology community for nearly 30 years as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, banker and futurist with 40+ technology investments with a focus on consumer/enterprise applications, web services, e-commerce and financial technologies. Follow him on Twitter at @jdrive.

Joy Marcus (Venture Partner, DFJ Gotham Ventures)
Joy is a Venture Partner at early stage venture capital firm DFJ Gotham. Prior to DFJ, Joy was General Manager, US for video website Dailymotion from its US launch through its acquisition by Orange (France Telecom). Prior to Dailymotion, Joy was SVP Global Marketing at Time Warner and VP Business Development of Barnes&Noble.com, which she helped take public. Follow her on Twitter at @JoyMarcus.

Laurel Touby (Founder, Mediabistro)
Laurel is a seed-stage investor active in the NYC startup community. She founded Mediabistro and as CEO, pulled the company through two recessions, pivoted, managed growth with minimal resources. Following the sale of the company for $23M to Jupitermedia (now known as WebMediaBrands), Laurel began advising select seed-stage startups and investing in others. Follow her on Twitter at @laureltouby.

Nikhil Kalghatgi (Venture Capitalist, SoftBank Capital)
Nikhil is an early-stage Venture Capitalist at SoftBank Capital based in NYC. He focuses on consumer internet Seed and Series A opportunities and has special interests in mobile, e-commerce and social platforms. Nikhil was Founder and Fund-Manager of Partner 6 Investment Group, a micro hedge fund in Boston and then joined the founding team of Localytics, a mobile application analytics provider. Follow him on Twitter at @NikhilKal.

Competition Prizes



The winning startup at PITCH NYC 2012 will receive:

  • A meeting with Marc Andreessen (Co-Founder & General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz).
  • A one-year service to Rackspace (valued at $24,000).
  • An automatic finalist interview for TechStars NYC Winter 2013 class.

Additional prizes include:

  • L’Oréal Women in Digital grant of $25,000 in cash. This grant provides a year-long commitment from L’Oréal for coaching, mentorship and introductions to VC partners and L’Oréal brand leads for testing opportunities.
  • People’s Choice wins a one-on-one meeting with NYC angel investor Joanne Wilson.