Start-Up Pitch Competition

2018 Startup Pitch Contest at IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference

Date and time: 1:00PM – 5:30PM, May 22, 2018

Location: San Jose Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA


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1:00PM                              Check in & Networking

01:30 PM – 01:35 PM     Introduction

01:35 PM – 02:05 PM   Keynote: The Product Begins with you

By Jillian Manus, Structure Capital

02:05 PM – 02:35 PM  Panel: Fund Raising Strategies for Female Entrepreneurs

Moderator:  Joseph Wei, Skychee Ventures
Panelists:     Veronica Osinski, Trifecta Capital; Jillian Manus, Structure Capital; Prachi Baxi, SmartyPans

02:35 PM – 03:45 PM     5 Minutes pitch by startups

03:45 PM                           Coffee Break & Networking

04:15 PM – 05:15PM       Joining the main conference

05:15 PM – 05:30 PM     Awards Presentation


List of Startups Presenting:

AbleThrive: Health platform for spinal cord injury recovery,

Axis Earth: Social and Business network for sports,

CultureClout: Mobile app platform for event-based community,

Effne: Online marketplace for luxury wholesale furniture,

Gavano: Predictive energy analytics for data center,

Gr8er Good Games: Telemystery box for remote worker engagement,

Obe Inc.: Smart products and services for pet care,

ROVO: Customer focused marketing platform,

SmartGurlz: Teaching girls to code,

SmartQED: AI-driven workbench for IO Ops and data centers,

SoleMate Solutions: Personal crutches rehabilitation solution,

STEM-Away: The “LinkedIn” for students and junior professionals in STEM,


Winning team will be offered free 3 month co-working space at Digital Garage (limited to two seats, terms and conditions apply)


Speakers/Judges : Joseph Wei at

Startups: Wenbo Yin at

Sponsors: Caroline Nguyen at


Startup Judges/Panelists:

Veronica Osinski

Edward King

Mary Vincent

Prachi Baxi


Jillian Manus


Kurt Petersen

Jocelyn Goldfein


Startup Coaches:

Veronica Osinski


Pitch Competition sponsor:

Digital Garage is a coworking space located in the heart of San Francisco. DG will award the winning team with 2 seats for 3 month at the DG SF coworking space.