Our inaugural Pitch & Win Contest, held May 24 in San Francisco, was a total win-win.
Win-Win — a fantasy sports app where users compete against their friends for a chance to meet their sports heros and donate to charities — walked away with $150,000 worth of design and development resources from STRV after successfully wowing the judges with an amazing game plan.
Three dedicated STRV software engineers are now poised to make the Win-Win app release-ready within three months.
“We are totally pumped that we won this contest, and we are beyond thrilled that we will be getting a professional development assist to realize our dream of making our Win-Win app a reality,” says Win-Win founder Michael Tauiliili-Brown, who participated in the 2009 NFL draft. “We know that with STRV on our team, we will play our game at a much higher level.”
Win-Win faced some stiff competition at our pitch contest, which featured 14 other startups, many of whom were alumni of prestigious incubator programs, including Y Combinator, 500 Startups, TechStars, Highway 1 and Imagine K12.
“We were completely blown away by the caliber of the participants. The innovation coming out of the Silicon Valley startup scene is tremendous,” says STRV CEO David Semerad. “We received more than 100 submissions, and it was really hard to narrow down the pitch night batch to just 15. We are excited to help Win-Win build their product, from start to finish, over the next three months.”
The STRV pitch night took place at San Francisco’s exclusive 1200 Indiana event space, where more than 100 IT industry players gathered to watch the presentations given by our 15 finalists. The judge’s table include STRV COO Lubo Smid; Julio Vasconcellos, Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark; Jennifer Hopp, and investor, advisor and entrepreneur; Arjun Arora, Entrepreneur in Residence at 500 Startups, and Kemar Newell, founder of the STRV-developed Flip app and alumnus of Y Combinator.
We had so much fun that we are already planning to host another pitch night in the future! Keep up-to-date on all of STRV’s upcoming activities by signing up for our newsletter or following us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.