Pitchers & Pitches 2016

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Congratulations 2016 Winners!

Grand Prize Winner

Honorable Mention

2016 Finalists


GetOutfitted gets people outdoors by making it easy to book activities and rent outdoor gear directly to your doorstep.

Revaluate allows home seekers to compare their options through collection of massive amounts of previously inaccessible government data and distilling it into a "Livability Score".


Homebot is a financial dashboard and planner for homeowners. It helps them save money, build wealth, and develop true home finance IQ.

Givella is the easiest way to give to your favorite non-profit or school, at no cost to you.

Fort Collins

Turbo Tenant is Free landlord software for owners and property managers to market rental properties, screen tenants, collect online rental applications and online rent payments.

QwipIt provides users a fun and addicting platform to create, discover, and collect bite-sized chunks of video to share into the online conversation.

San Francisco

Switch Automation is a leading provider of smart building, analytics and automation solutions for buildings and property portfolios.

EasyPaint allows you to easily request, schedule, and pay a certified professional to paint your home.


MyNeighbor is a mobile-based service designed to facilitate the borrowing and lending of goods and services between neighbors helping users save, earn and raise money while solving the everyday needs and dilemmas of their neighbors.

CakeCodes has a product called BitMaker, which is a mobile app that empowers the users to collect Bitcoins at anytime, anywhere.

Rounds • Advancement • Prizes

Each event will have a set limit of 8 company pitches. One winning group from each event will advance to the Campus Finals.

Campus Finals will have two top winning groups, who will be flown to San Francisco for the National Pitches and Pitchers Final.

National Finals will bring the top two teams from each Galvanize campus together for a large-scale and more formal pitch event in front of VIP judges.

One winning team will be awarded:
1 year of free membership at Galvanize
An exclusive interview on The 20 Minute VC

Judging Criteria

*Focus on these items when preparing to pitch

Business Model

The final pitches should efficiently answer these questions:

What is your core value proposition?
What are your key activities?
Who is your customer?
What are your revenue streams?
What is your cost structure?
Who/what are your key partners/resources?
What are your distribution channels?
What is your roll-out strategy?

Customer Validation

Have you taken the proper steps to ensure that the people who matter (your future customers) support and reinforce your assumptions? Think of Customer Validation as ‘evidence’ to back up the core structure of your ‘theory’ (your Business Model). The more feedback you gather (quantity), the more this feedback comes from your specific target market (quality), and the more you’re able to actually integrate this feedback into the Business Model and product development (execution), the better.


The nitty gritty: what has your team been able to actually build? Even the strongest of business plans are useless in the hands of those who can’t properly execute on them. Getting as far as possible in the development of your product/prototype not only helps give judges a tangible vision of what the final product could be, but proves your strength and skills as a team. This is what truly matters: Investors don’t invest in ideas as much as team and product.

VC Firms and Tech Orgs

A big thanks to the following VCs and Top Tech Organizations that have participated as panelists, judges, and mentors for Pitchers and Pitches