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Pitchfest and Keynote Lunch Featuring James Citron

  • CBRE 234 S. Brand Blvd Glendale, CA 91204 (map)

Hosted by City of Glendale

Join James Citron, CEO of Pledgeling, while he offers enlightenment for early-stage entrepreneurs during his keynote speech. James will share “lessons from the trenches” gleaned from his experience with building, growing, and selling companies; and provide advice on how companies can drive social impact.   

Next, it’s on to Pitchfest, Glendale Tech Week’s popular Shark Tank-style event, where preselected start-ups will present their ideas and products in front of a live audience and a panel of judges for a chance to win a grand prize. Meet last year’s winners.

$10 Advance Purchase
$15 At the Door (while tickets last)

Please note: Pitchfest applications are now closed.

Pitchfest Committee and Judges:
Alex Bruno, Bruno Group, Inc.
Ana Quintana, Black Diamond Ventures
Ani Torosyan, DishDivvy
Ara Aslanian, Inverselogic
Armen Vartanian, Oceanview Capital Partners, Inc.
Stepan Khzrtian, LegalLab

Pitchfest Finalists:
Alexis Schomer, Expy Health
Benjamin Trammell, Tooth Fairy Stem Cell
Khalil Jammal, CareWell
Ara Keshishian, Pinpointeyes
Hovanes Margarian, AppearMe
Benjamin Benichou, Creative Bot, Inc.
Albert Stepanyan, Scylla

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, assistive listening devices are available upon request. Requests must be submitted 72 hours in advance. Please contact the event organizer to submit a request.

2019 Grand Prize

The grand prize is comprised of a suite of essential professional services for young startups, including:

  • Access to leadership expertise, strategic guidance, and assistance with valuation provided by partners at Black Diamond Ventures valued at $2,500,

  • 3 months of complimentary office space for a small team at Industrious Glendale valued at $6,100,

  • Setup of 3 digital media channels for marketing, competitive analysis of digital marketing strategy, and running and optimizing a digital marketing campaign for 3 months with $500 of media spend per month from Pastilla valued at $5,250,

  • $5,000 in business law consulting and services including incorporation services, drafting of Equity Incentive Plan, and 3 months of Limitless Legal (basic plan) legal consulting and services from LegalLab,

  • $5,000 in business evaluation and strategy services, and legal counsel on contracts and third party agreements from Bruno Group, Inc.,

  • $5,000 in consulting and legal services in the area of intellectual property (IP) law, including procurement of IP rights, licensing, and enforcement of those rights from Phil IP Law Group,

  • Advisory board services for strategic planning and investment structuring from Oceanview Capital Partners, Inc. valued at $5,000,

  • $5,000 in video production, printing, and copying services provided by the City of Glendale’s Media Graphics,

  • 6 months of bookkeeping services from Anchor Bookkeeping valued at $1,200,

  • 1 month of free co-working space with childcare (8 day plan: 8 days in the month with 4 hours of childcare each day) offered by FGUMC Workspace and Playschool valued at $400,

  • A guest presenting spot at Glendale Tech on Tap meetup,

  • A guest spot in the Glendale Tech on Tap podcast,

  • A congratulatory ad in a business and technology publication paid for by the City of Glendale, and

  • 30 minutes of pre-attendance to Meet the Funders VC networking event.

  • Admission into ValueScaler’s upcoming ValueScaler 90 Day Accelerator in Glendale. The Accelerator will be run as a cohort with other Glendale Tech Week startups and includes a full curriculum and ongoing group and 1on1 coaching sessions over the 90 days, valued at over $3000.