Join the Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) West Coast semi-finals, where 7 startups will be pitching for one spot in the ANVC finals in Chicago.


The Google Community Space
188 Embarcadero (enter on Steuart Street)
San Francisco, California

Event Details

In its inaugural year, the ANVC has launched in five regions: East Coast (NYC), Midwest (Chicago), West Coast (Bay Area), Europe (London), and Asia (Bangalore). It follows a similar milestone-driven structure found in the existing NVC.

Come listen to the pitches of 7 West Coast alumni-founded startups as they compete to move along to the finals. The program will culminate in Chicago during Reconnect Weekend on Thursday, May 2, where finalist teams from each region will pitch in front of a world-class panel of investors and entrepreneurs for a chance to win up to $100,000 in funding.

Our regional chairs, Jason Brown '09, Mike Farb '09, and Shruti Gandhi '12, will select the winners with the help of guest judges.

Guest judges:

Ryan Gembala, Managing Partner at Pathbreaker Ventures; Aakash Jain, Principal at Venture University and founding member of the Bay Area Angels Network; Tim Trampedach, Founder of Torqued, investor at Blacktop Ventures and founding member of Bay Area Angels Network; Rob Webb, former growth advisor at Liftopia and current VP of Revenue & Growth at Tonal; Eddie Kang, Principal at Next 47; William Lee, Product Manager at Lime; and Ray Sturm, Co-Founder and CEO of AlphaFlow.

Startup Pitches:

1:00 - 1:20 Contact!
1:25 - 1:45 Den Living
1:50 - 2:10 Geo-Impact
2:15 - 2:35 Litesprite
2:40 - 3:00 Begin by Pureday Labs
3:05 - 3:25 SantaMaria Health & Longevity
3:30 - 3:50 Sedaracare
3:50 - 4:30 Recap and Deliberations
4:30 - 4:45 Announce Winner
4:45 - 5:00 Closing Remarks

Help us celebrate in our network as we kick off the first ever Alumni New Venture Challenge and applaud the growing momentum of our global entrepreneur ecosystem.

This event is free to attend. Light snacks will be provided. This event is a collaboration between the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Chicago Booth Alumni Club of the Bay Area, and the Bay Area Angel Network.


No Charge


Register Online

Deadline: 4/5/2019


12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Registration check-in and networking

1:00 PM-4:00 PM: Startup pitches (10 min. pitch + 10 min. Q&A)

4:00 PM-5:00 PM: Winner announcement, closing remarks, and networking


LeeAnn Mutchler