PIRANHA POND 2019!
DATE CHANGE! November 13, 2019
WHAT IS PIRANHA POND?
Piranha Pond, modeled after the popular television show “Shark Tank”, is a pitch contest for early stage companies. This year, for the first time, the best pitch will win over $10,000 in cash and in-kind services. Entrepreneurs will pitch for 5 minutes, and a panel of angel investors will determine the most compelling pitch. There will also be an audience favorite award.
The ideal company will be technology oriented, beyond the idea stage, have the potential to be a scale company, and will have raised funds from friends/family or grants such as SBIR’s or from state agencies.
October 25, 2019: Pitch Applications Due
November 1, 2019: Applicants Notified
November 6, 2019: Mandatory Pitch Practice
You must RSVP in advance (before November 8), so that we can properly set up the facility and order enough food for everyone.
Paul Edelman: Angel Investor
Seasoned organization development consultant, executive coach, and facilitator; 18 years’ angel investing experience. Has also been a start-up executive, board chair, and advisory-board member. Rapid-growth experience includes helping scale a new AT&T subsidiary from planning team to 2,400 employees, and a VC-backed startup from seven to 75 employees and $6M in revenue prior to acquisition for $55M.
Bert Lederer: Executive Director: Cherrystone Angel Group
Edward Melia: Managing Director: Evolution Global Growth Partners
Edward Melia has more than 25 years experience spanning global business management, strategy consulting, entrepreneurship, venture capital, private equity and mergers & acquisitions. In his career, Edward has focused on disruptive innovation with specific sector proficiency in life sciences and technology. Edward currently serves as Managing Director of Evolution Global Growth Partners. He and his associates provide advisory services to improve the health, growth and profitability of private and public life science companies. The Evolution team helps client companies expand revenues, increase profit, and enhance enterprise value via new product development and launch, expansion into new global markets, and strategic mergers and acquisitions.
Gregory Murdoch: Saunders Murdoch
Katherine Putnam: Angel investor, Golden Seeds
Kate Putnam is a Managing Director at Golden Seeds, an angel group that invests in team with diverse founders. She is also a mentor at MIT, MassChallenge, Valley Venture Mentors and Vineyard Mentors among others. She has judged pitches all over New England. She sits on the advisory boards of Pixm and UMass College of Information and Computer Science and the board of the Connecticut River Conservancy. She spent 11 years on the board of a major healthcare delivery system. Her past experience includes money center corporate banking, consulting and 20 years running a custom machinery manufacturer. She has lived in metropolitan New York, western MA and now southeastern MA.
Thorne Sparkman: Managing Director, Slater Technology Fund