The Community Wins Big at Pitch Stream 2018
NextGen Startups Set to Fuel Growth of Local Economy
The Eugene area startup community welcomed the next generation of entrepreneurs with incredible enthusiasm at the fifth annual Pitch Stream event, on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Ten early-stage company founders pitched to a crowd of nearly 100 people at Lane Community College downtown campus. $3,500 in prize money was awarded to the winning companies thanks to RAIN Eugene and Coast to Crest Fund.
This year’s judges included a panel of experienced local entrepreneurs. Ariel Ruben of Hummingbird Wholesale, Katie Brown of Katie Brown LA, and Austin Miller of Craft Crickets were selected to oversee the difficult challenge of deciding which three founders would take home this year’s prize money.
This year’s winners represent the diverse community of entrepreneurs and startup businesses coming out of the greater Eugene area.
- 1st place ($2000): Johnson Workwear produces utilitarian garments seamlessly merge style and function for women working in semi-industrial environments.
- 2nd place ($1000): SongFoo aims to disrupt the live music industry through a platform that improves the licensing process for artists and venues.
- 3rd place: ($500): TutorTree provides a mobile-enabled platform that seamlessly connects tutors to students.
This year’s Pitch Stream challenge introduced a new aspect. Each of the ten finalists was paired with mentors from RAIN Eugene’s extensive network to receive coaching and support in the weeks leading up to the contest. Over 20 mentors volunteered their time to meet one-on-one with entrepreneurs, providing feedback on their business model, pitch structure, and presentation.
The results of the new mentoring provision along with the quality of this year’s applicants led to exceptional pitches at the event. More importantly, every participating company came away from the event with a greater understanding of their business model and a stronger connection to the local startup community. Pitch Stream is one-way RAIN Eugene fulfills its core mission to connect entrepreneurs to the resources they need to succeed and thrive, fueling economic growth through the creation of new jobs, a win for the greater Eugene area.