Venture Sharks: Blood is in the water May 3
A group of brave startups will soon jump into dangerous waters at the 2017 Venture Sharks!
Venture Connectors has selected a few finalists to compete in the final round of the 8th annual Venture Sharks™ business competition during our regular monthly luncheon on Wednesday, May 3.
During the event, each company will present their big ideas to a panel of savvy investor sharks, who will then fire off questions in the style of the popular TV show, "Shark Tank." One lucky winner will walk away with more than $37,000 in cash and prizes! Click here to register.
Venture Connectors received nearly 40 applications from entrepreneurs across the region. The Venture Sharks selection committee chose the top eight big ideas for the first round of the competition on April 12. Lifebit, the winner of the 2017 Louisville Startup Weekend competition, was automatically entered as the ninth semifinalist. At the prelims, the field was narrowed to a few finalists who will vie for the title on May 3.
This year’s prize is up from $23,000 last year, thanks to our generous sponsors. In addition to the main prize, the total (minus any fees) raised through a new Audience Participation Crowdfunding Campaign will go to a company chosen by the audience via a text message vote during the finals event. The minimum suggested donation is $5 and can be made in person May 3 or online here.
The finalists are:
- Credit Fair-E, provider of affordable loans up to $500 to low- and middle-income families to help break their cycle of debt
- Herelancer, an online community that connects entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations with creative talent in their local market
- Meta Construction Technologies, a construction-tech firm that gives control to the asphalt industry with an innovative fleet management and dispatch software solution, BlackTop
- Lifebit, winner of Startup Weekend Louisville and developer of a fire alarm alert system for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Toggle Health, manufacturer of a patented device that connects surgeons to their pre-operative and mobile data from the sterile field of the operating room
NOTE: Due to a conflict of interest, one of the originally chosen finalists, HereLancer, will not be eligible for the grand prize May 3. Venture Sharks invited the fifth runner-up, Credit Fair-E, to compete in its place. However, Herelancer will still pitch at the May meeting and be eligible for the “Crowd Favorite” award.
Venture Connectors' luncheons are held on the first Wednesday of the month. RSVPs are required. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting runs from noon-1:15 p.m. The lunch is free to members and $40 for nonmembers. Click here to register.
Our sharks will come hungry, but only one company will have the right bait! Don't miss out on what's sure to be our most exciting competition yet!
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Venture Sharks 2017
Four lucky finalists will jump in the water with our investor sharks May 3. Click here to register for the event.
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Venture Sharks Audience Participation Crowdfunding Campaign
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