Pitch Competition APPLICATION

BotBash

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Grid110, Ground Control, and Gust Launch are coming together to host BotBash, an AI + Machine Learning Pitch Night. This competition allows AI and machine learning entrepreneurs to take the stage and share their latest innovations.

If you currently offer or intend to release a product, service, or platform that utilizes AI or machine learning, apply today for the chance to present your venture onstage and win upwards of $25k in cash and in-kind prizes! Selected finalists will compete in a live pitch competition to a panel of judges and to an audience of leading experts, investors, and machine learning enthusiasts. Let your ideas shine, create relationships, and enjoy a fast-paced, exciting event that is all about AI innovation!

Apply below!


Timeline

  • Applications open: November 6, 2017
  • Applications close: November 27, 2017
  • Finalists selected: November 30, 2017
  • Final Pitch-Off: December 5, 2017

Application

Name *
Name
Company Information
If not applicable, please write N/A.
Please give us a brief description (<250 words) of your company (including: founding year, industry, etc.)
Product/Service Information
Please provide a brief description (<250 words) of your product/service.
Please provide a link to your pitch deck below or email your pitch deck to alex@grid110.org.
Funding

Judges

Mike Macadaan

Founder + CEO, Ground Control

A childhood fascination with audio toys sparked a career in technology, leading to such early roles as principal UI designer for Intuit, VP user experience and design at AOL, and chief creative officer at Fox Interactive. He launched his first venture as co-founder and CCO of Science Inc., leading design and branding initiatives for companies such as Dollar Shave Club before launching This Is Ground, a designer of leather organizing goods for mobile creatives. Over the years he has been integral to the sale of a half-dozen companies, in acquisitions valued at more than $1 billion, and is the primary author of nearly a dozen patents. His interest in audio technology made Macadaan an early adopter of voice interactivity, and his user-experience career has honed his appreciation for the most minimal, easy-to-use consumer interfaces, leading to the birth of Ground Control.

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Mike Epps

Actor + Comedian

Mike Epps, in partnership with Ground Control, is pioneering experiences for voice platforms with the release of Sound Fun, a voice-activated experience.

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Audrey Wu

Co-Founder + CEO, CONVRG

Audrey is a second generation chatbot entrepreneur and emerging technology executive with experience at imperson, TechStars, JibJab Bros. Studios, iconmobile/WPP and Ketchum. She has developed chat and voice experiences for companies such as Disney, Amazon Studios, LionsGate and the GRAMMYs.

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Nastascha French

CMO, VNTANA

As Chief Marketing Officer of VNTANA, an Augmented Reality company that created the first scalable and interactive hologram system, Natascha oversees the company’s marketing, sales and communications strategy. Natascha began her career has a journalist for CNN, and worked for various marketing and communications agencies, including Allison+Partners, where she focused on building the startup technology division. She has a successful track record of identifying and sourcing strategic partnerships, and scaling startups through a variety of tools that embraced the latest technology in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, London and China. 


Prizes

First Place

 

  1. $4k provided by Gust Launch.
  2. Creative space for up to 3 people to work in for 3 months - this is the same space that Ground Control operates out of.
  3. Mock pitch sessions and feedback with Mike Macadaan.
  4. Brand critique from Mike Macadaan and team.
  5. Visual Identity critique and guidance from Mike Macadaan and team.
  6. UX critique and guidance from Interactivism.
  7. Brand presentation advice from Mike Macadaan and team.
  8. Press & Communication guidance from Mike Macadaan and team.
  9. Introductions to investors.
  10. Guaranteed spot to showoff at an upcoming event hosted by Mike Macadaan.
  11. Access to all of the resources Ground Control uses to craft their Voice User Experiences.

Second Place

  1. $2k provided by BCGDV.
  2. 6 months of complimentary shared space membership for up to 4 people at Cross Campus Downtown LA, South Bay, or Old Pasadena.
  3. Mock pitch sessions and feedback with Mike Macadaan.
  4. Brand critique from Mike Macadaan and team.
  5. Visual Identity critique and guidance from Mike Macadaan and team.
  6. Brand presentation advice from Mike Macadaan and team.

Third Place

  1. 3 months of complimentary shared space membership for up to 4 people Cross Campus Downtown LA, South Bay, or Old Pasadena.
  2. Mock pitch sessions and feedback with Mike Macadaan.
  3. Brand critique from Mike Macadaan and team.
  4. Visual Identity critique and guidance from Mike Macadaan and team.
  5. Brand presentation advice from Mike Macadaan and team.

Questions?

Contact Alex Oh at alex@grid110.org.