Pitch Night has a Catch | Business

TRAVERSE CITY – There will be a first at the beginning of the second year of the virtual TCNewTech Pitch Nights.

The event on April 6th takes place every first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. The virtual pitch night can be viewed live on TCNewTech’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.

It will be the 13th Pitch Night, which will take place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in our second year of virtual events,” said Jennifer Szunko, Executive Director of TCNewTech.

Three companies have five minutes to introduce an emerging business to an online audience of investors, technology professionals, co-entrepreneurs, and others. But next week’s pitch night has a catch.

Catch Software, LLC will be used for the April 6th event. In addition, Michigan State University student Gavin Hubbard will be one of three presenters competing for the 4Front Credit Union grand prize of $ 500.

“It will be the first time that we will implement new technology that someone puts up,” said Szunko.

Hubbard accused Catch Software, LLC at TCNewTech’s October Pitch Night with moderators from MSU. But the dating app – which didn’t win the grand prize – is back with one big change.

“They had a hard time getting traction with it,” said Szunko. “So they decided to turn it up. So many people had problems networking virtually, meeting new people and finding ways to work together. “

Before TCNewTech decided to use the Catch software, Szunko tested it first and liked the functionality.

“I showed it off at a virtual event a couple of weeks ago and it worked really well,” she said. “It virtually shows everyone at the event. It is displayed via an Instagram-like feed and includes a link to the person’s LinkedIn account so that you can decide if you want to connect with them. “

Although Catch Software will be part of Pitch Night, it has to tower over two more presentations, both of which are based in the region.

Further presentations of the April Pitch Night are:

Peter Lanc and Tim Iseri from Ionburst. The Cadillac-based company is a “highly secure and ransomware-resilient storage platform” that was developed “to securely store and retrieve any amount of health and patient information from anywhere,” according to a press release from TCNewTech.

Keelin Lundwall from Xperiences. The Traverse City-based company, according to its website, is an app that “offers a comprehensive schedule of fun activities in your area, from hiking trails to concerts to free events in your city.”

Each of the three moderators has five minutes to give a presentation to the online audience, followed by a five-minute question-and-answer phase. Viewers will select the grand prize winner of $ 500 via text message.

Before the results are announced, there will be two spaces for bar napkins. Each of these presentations last a minute and is limited to one slide. There is no question-and-answer session.

The pitches of the bar napkin do not compete for a price. At least not yet, said Szunko.

“The Napkin Bar pitches turn into full pitches sometimes when they find someone to band together or push their idea forward,” she said.

The bar napkin places as per the publication include:

Amber Watson of Tasty Snacks Vending Co. East Lansing “will offer a variety of snacks and / or beverages on the go at a low but reasonable price.”

Megan Mertaugh-Graber of Care-O-Van, PLLC. The Traverse City-based startup is a mobile mental health services platform that works with schools, private farms, and public parks to facilitate learning and healing. Care-O-Van is a variation on traditional home, outpatient and school-related psychiatric care, providing children, individuals and families with innovative, accessible and adaptable therapeutic support that specializes in integrating nature, play, art and movement-based therapies, ” so LinkedIn.

The TCNewTech Virtual Pitch Night will be broadcast live on 20Fathoms and will use fiber optic internet from main sponsor Michigan Broadband. Those interested in being in the virtual audience for Pitch Night can pre-register through Eventbrite at https://tinyurl.com/TCNewTechApril21. Participants who register will receive reminders and / or additional details.

Similar to the personal event, public announcements will be offered at the Virtual Pitch Night. Announcements must be made via chat on YouTube and Facebook.

Apply for future events at https://tcnewtech.org/pitch or contact Szunko at [email protected]

“It will be the first time that we implement new technology that someone puts up.” TCNewTech Executive Director Jennifer Szunko

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