August 28, 2015
Every six months I get an invitation from the folks at EvoNexus to head up to the Rady School of Management at UCSD for their demo day. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite startup events to attend in San Diego for a number of reasons.
Chief among those reasons is that CEO Rory Moore and his beyond dedicated team always know how to set the perfect ambiance. EvoNexus Demo Day events strike a fine balance between business and play: even though there’s a cohort of big name companies, investors, and key influencers in the crowd, the quintessential SoCal vibe is ever present. I know for a fact that it’s a reason a lot of other people love attending the event as well.
Last night EvoNexus was proud to showcase their group of 10 startup founders who have completed an initial four month stay at the incubator and met the rigorous challenges set before them. These companies have focused their efforts on creating a minimum sellable product, validating their market, and providing a business model to potential customers.
Obviously a big part of that process is honing a perfect pitch so that when Demo Day comes around they can showcase the tremendous feats they’ve all accomplished. Any entrepreneur who makes it to Demo Day and successfully pitches their company has my respect: it’s not an easy thing to do.
Regardless, at the end of the night all of us in the crowd got to vote for who we thought had the best pitch. Here are the 10 companies who pitched at the Fall 2015 Demo Day and the best pitch winner:
- AstroPrint – Drew Taylor: AstroPrint is the Android and Google Play for the 3D printing industry.
- CollectiveSun – Lee Barken: Solar financing for nonprofits using crowd-lending.
- Crypteron – Sid Shetye: Crypteron is a data security company that prevents data breaches via its cloud first, developer friendly security framework.
- dotstudioPRO – Joe Pascual & Phoenix Gonzalez: dotstudioPRO is a premium content platform that empowers content creators to make 10 times what they make on platforms like YouTube.
- GoShare – Shaun Savage: GoShare connects drivers who have a pickup truck or cargo van with people who need help moving, hauling, or delivering large items on demand.
- Halograph – Michael Lankheim: Advanced payments fraud management simplified.
- LoanHero – Kristin Slink: A consumer finance solution capable of funding every type of borrower.
- Podify – Matt Eeles & Bryan Renaud: A mobile first solution providing real time scheduling, automated billing, and referral networking services to health and fitness professionals looking to grow their business.
- Qelzal – Oliver Coenen: Qelzal develops next generation obstacle avoidance systems for commercial drones.
- Wrapify – James Heller: Wrapify is an easy way for motorists to put cash in their pocket while providing advertisers with an impactful and scalable advertising platform that’s simple and intuitive.
Best Pitch Winner
Wrapify won best pitch for the night. Here they are celebrating and taking the trademark EvoNexus crowd-selfie:
The team at EvoNexus were all wearing shirts last night with a sentence on the back: “The fastest way to launch your startup”. They’re not kidding – EvoNexus is unlike any other incubator you’ll come across in the US. They take no equity from incubating companies, ask for no fees, and all of the office space is 100 percent subsidized. If you’re interested in joining their ranks of successful startups, make sure to take advantage of the open applications before August 31.
As I walked back to my car, the sun was setting over the hills of La Jolla and I thought I’d take a quick photo for you guys. It was the perfect moment to round out yet another dazzling night, thanks to the hardworking folks at EvoNexus. If you’re interested, here‘s the full photo album EvoNexus captured last night.
Image Credit: All photos taken personally by me
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