Venture Sharks finals held May 6
Venture Connectors has selected four startups to compete in the final round of its 6th annual Venture Sharks™ business competition on Wednesday, May 6. Entrepreneurs seeking funding for their business plans will fend for themselves against a panel of savvy investor sharks fishing for the next great deal. Click here to RSVP for the event.
This year, Venture Connectors received 35 applications from entrepreneurs across the region. The Venture Sharks committee chose the top 11 big ideas for the first round of the competition, held April 15. During that event, the field was narrowed to four finalists.
The finalists are:
- Sean Vandevander, Ecobridge Industries II: The company works with Kentucky farmers to source kenaf and hemp plant fiber for end use in biocomposites, green building, pulp and paper, automotive.
- Candice Peters and Amanda Kranias, Hello Parent: A mobile application that allows parents to connect with other families and organize events.
- Steve Arkon, Logjustrips: The company collects stop/start data from company cars and presents a decision to the driver, “Was that trip business or personal?”
- Gil Roberts and Jarett Duker, Phone Falcon LLC: A mobile repair service for smartphones and tablets that brings the repair shop to its clients for their convenience.
Presenters will be allowed just a few minutes to describe their idea to the judges, who then will fire off questions to the presenters in the style of the popular television show, “Shark Tank.” One lucky survivor will receive $10,000 in cash and professional services to help them take their idea to market. The Venture Sharks winner will be selected based on the viability of their idea, the ability of the final award to positively impact the business and the quality of their presentation. The winner must agree to use both the cash award and the in-kind services to directly pursue the business opportunity presented in the competition.
Sponsors for this year’s Venture Sharks include: University of Louisville College of Business, platinum sponsor; AT&T Kentucky and Commonwealth Seed Capital, gold sponsors; ARGI Financial, silver sponsor; and Nucleus, Stoll Keenon Ogden, Chase Bank and McCrorey Digital, in-kind sponsors.
Judges for the final round are: Bob Saunders, general partner, OCAVentures; Elizabeth Rounsavall, director of research and analytics, Chrysalis Ventures; Lou Kelmanson, president, Kelmanson Holdings LLC; and Vik Chadha, managing director, GlowTouch Technologies.
RSVPs are required. The event is free to members and $40 for nonmembers. Venture Connectors’ luncheon meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting runs from noon-1:15 p.m. You don't need to be a member or guest of a member to attend. Click here to register.
Click here to view all Venture Sharks 2015 sponsors and for more about the region's hottest business competition.
Click here to login to your member profile.
Submit Your 30-Second Open Mic Announcement
If you made a 30-second announcement at the last luncheon and would like us to post it the website, please submit your announcement by clicking here.
Muhammad Ali Center
144 N.Sixth St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 584-9254
2015 Who's Been Funded
19- Companies Funded
$3,793,000 - Capital Raised
2014 Who's Been Funded Final Results
43 - Companies Funded
$60,068,470 - Capital Raised