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Miami University Spring 2019 Venture Pitch Competition (by invitation only)

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Farmer School of Business

800 E. High Street

Oxford, OH 45056

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On behalf of Miami University, the Farmer School of Business, and the Institute for Entrepreneurship, we would like to invite you to serve as a judge for our 2019 Spring Semester Venture Pitch Competition on Thursday, May 9th, from 5:00 – 9:00 pm in the Farmer School of Business (800 E. High Street, Oxford).

Each semester, as part of the Institute's RedHawk Launch Accelerator and our New Venture Creation capstone and Technology Commercialization courses, Miami University student-founders launch high growth startups that attack real problems and spend 14 weeks identifying and sizing the market, developing a customer acquisition strategy and launch plan to capture the market, and determining financial capital requirements to launch and scale the business.

At the conclusion of each semester, student-founders pitch to investors (angel investors and VCs), accelerator directors, funded company founders, and other ecosystem builders in a demo day format. Hundreds of undergraduates have pitched 120+ startup ideas over the past four years. Student-led startups that completed the course have landed spots in five accelerators—OROS Apparel (The Brandery), Devoo (OCEAN Accelerator), Nomful (DreamIt Ventures), Apex Sports (UpTech), and Swivel Ventures (Queen City Fintech). Four other student-led startups securing initial funding, and, collectively, these companies have raised more than $10M in venture funding.

This spring, the Venture Pitch Competition will include pitches by 23 student-led startups—the largest collection of student-led startups in our historyand will involve more than 100 undergraduate students from across campus.

We rely heavily on active support from the startup community … people like you who are willing to pay-it-forward with our students. Past competitions have included professionals from accelerators (The Brandery, gener8tor, OCEAN Accelerator, UpTech Accelerator, 500 Startups, Techstars, Lumos Innovation Accelerator, Fintech71, Hamilton Mill, Pipeline H2O, Mortar Cincinnati, Aviatra Accelerator), angel groups and venture investment firms (Hyde Park Angels, Queen City Angels, CincyTech, Blue Chip Ventures, Allos Ventures, Hyde Park Venture Partners, Chicago Ventures, High Alpha Ventures, River Cities Capital Fund, Wunderfund, D2C Brands, Gravity Ventures, Business Backers, West Capital Ventures, and Splash 4 Partners), startups and funded growth companies (Astronomer, Cladwell, Differential, Cerkl, OROS, Casechek, RXBAR, Paycor, Hunt Club, tilr, Wyzerr, Cloverleaf, Olive, Dabbl, and ConnXus), and others from across the startup ecosystem (Cintrifuse, Jumpstart, Fifth Third Bank, PNC Bank, Thompson-Hine, Paycor, The Garage Group, Venture for America, and VentureOhio) have served as judges for the competition.

If you have served as a judge in the past, thank you and we hope you’ll consider joining us again. If you haven’t joined us in the past, we hope you’ll consider joining us this time.

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