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Nov 29 | Pitch, Please!

Life is a Pitch!  Venture Cafe will host its second annual pitch competition at our Thursday Gathering on November 29 at Wake Forest Biotech Place. Join us for a powerful night of ideas, innovation, and infinite possibilities!

The application period for Pitch, Please competition is Now Closed.

Those who have been chosen to pitch will be contacted by email on November 16.

“Pitch, Please!” will feature five of our city’s hottest up-and-coming startups and ideas.

A panel of 5 external judges (all business and startup professionals) will select the finalists, provide helpful feedback on the final pitches (to include a Q&A phase), and vote on the winner(s). Our Pitch, Please! Judges:

  • Maylay Shah – Director of VentureSouth Piedmont.

  • Trinity Manning – CEO, OnceLogix, LLC

  • Randall Tuttle – Partner, Trade Street Capital Partners

  • Lou Ann Flanders-Stec – EVP of Entrepreneurship at Launch Greensboro – Greensboro Chamber of Commerce

  •  Noah Reynolds –  Investor & Entrepreneur in Residence UNCG

Winners will be announced directly following the competition. After all five pitches have been presented, a short intermission will allow time for calculation of scores. Winners will be announced after the intermission. Awards will be given at that time.

Prizes will be provided by local companies and ecosystem partners.

Audience Interaction | In true Venture Cafe style, we’ll also get the community in on the action. The audience will have a chance to share their own feedback for pitch participants with an interactive display in our gathering area.


Location | The event will take place on November 29 Venture Cafe Thursday Gathering at Wake Forest Biotech Place. Pitches will start at 6pm.  Directions | Parking Info & Maps

Categories | Business or business ideas that are scalable and are looking for help refining their pitches for the next stage in their venture’s evolution will take part in the competition. We will award a winner in each of the two following categories:

  • Investor-Ready Category – The business or idea has a registered and operational, post-revenue business that is seeking investor funding.

  • Idea-Stage Category –The business or idea has an pre-revenue venture or fully-developed idea for a startup you seek to launch within the next six months.

Thank you to Flywheel and Fifth Letter Marketing for providing prizes for our participants.


We look forward to seeing you on Pitch Night!