Pitch Competition & Tournament

Founders go head-to-head for the toughest competition around.

Pitch Competition & Tournament presented by San Diego State University in partnership with Tech Coast Angels San Diego and Connect.

Join us for our annual Startup Month Pitch Competition and tournament where a total of 24 founders will go head-to-head to win bragging rights, cash prizes, fellowships and mentorship sessions. This competition will prove who has the best pitch to win investors and the crowds favor. You won't want to miss out, grab your tickets today and how you can participate in this year's #SDSM2021.

Lightweight Division

Twelve startups have been selected as finalists to participate in the "Lightweight Division" in the toughest pitch competition around! Three rounds of battles and we'll be crowning the champions. The guest judges decide who moves through each round. The audience can and will be engaged for tie breakers or other feedback at the judges discretion.

$10,000 cash prize from TCA! The winner will receive a Founders Institute Fellowship and a complimentary mentor session with LogicBoost Labs. The top 3 companies will also receive Startup San Diego promotion and press.

The Lightweight Division of the Startup Month Pitch Competition is for active student founders with college and/or university support program affiliation who have pre-seed funding. Finalists are doing business in the San Diego Region or moving to do business here!

The Twelve Lightweight Division Finalists:

Final Results for the Lightweight Divsion:

Heavyweight Division

Twelve startups have been selected as finalists to participate in the "Heavyweight Division" in the toughest pitch competition around! Three rounds of battles and we'll be crowning the champions. The guest judges decide who moves through each round. The audience can and will be engaged for tie breakers or other feedback at the judges discretion.

The winner will receive ultimate bragging rights, a Founders Institute Fellowship and a complimentary mentor session with LogicBoost Labs. The top 3 companies will also receive Startup San Diego promotion and press.

The Heavyweight Division of the Startup Month Pitch Competition is for founders with incubator/accelerator/ecosystem support organization program affiliation who have existing customers and/or revenue and seed+ funding. Finalists must be doing business in the San Diego Region or moving to do business here!

Congratulations to the Twelve Heavyweight Finalists:

Final Results for the Heavyweight Division:

  • • First Place: Steven Moyo, Founder at Welfie
  • • Second Place: Michel Alvarez, Founder at CicaLux Inc.
  • • Gareth Evans, Founder at VECKTA

The Startup Month volunteer judges and audience were so impressed by every competitors pitches, it was a very intense fight and we are so proud of each startup that participated and went through each round. A huge thank you to the participants, we are looking forward to see how your startups grow!

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