We’re proud to present Startup Pitch Night, a new quarterly series in collaboration with KL Gates. We kicked off our first event this November with six pitching Fintech Startups.
Fintech has been one of the hottest area with investments pouring in. Just in September SoFi received a whopping $1 billion investment led by Softbank, one of the largest investment in the industry so far. It is exciting times for Fintech startups with new innovative technologies appearing for lending, personal finance, payments, retail investments, equity financing, institutional investments and more.
At startup pitch night we got to hear six early-stage FinTech startups pitch to an investor panel consisting of:
- Simon Yoo, Founder & Managing Partner, Green Visor Capital
- Brayton Williams, Co-Founder, BoostVC
- Nathalie Dore, CEO, L’Atelier BNP Paribas US
The investor panel was moderated by Lars Johansson, Partner at K&L Gates. Each startup had 4 minutes to pitch followed by a 7 minutes Q&A. The judges got to score the pitches in which one winner was selected at the end of the evening.
PayJoy change up-front purchases into pay-as-you-go monthly installments. The technology locks devices unless a monthly payment is made, improving customer payment rates. PayJoy is first testing the technology on smartphones which can later be applied to hundreds of billions of products such as washing machines, TVs, and air conditioners.
Jory is the first and only comprehensive, cloud-based business management system that ties together every aspect of your business. From the point-of-sale to inventory and employee management, from online sales to mobile management, Jory is the single solution that’s as big or as small as you need it, wherever you need it.
Millions of retiring baby boomers need a safe fixed-income product that provides superior returns. That’s why Income& created PRIMO, a new investment alternative that will seek fixed-income returns exceeding 5%. Their proprietary technology platform will allow accredited investors to customize and purchase a diversified portfolio of PRIMOs and easily manage their investments over time.
Epiphyte provides a block chain powered SaaS service that delivers instant settlement and DVP (delivery versus payment) for financial trades. Our system is being used by some of the world’s largest financial institutions for FX, commodity, private equity trades and others.
Helix Card is an electronic device which is the same size and shape of a regular credit card. The full packaged product includes the Helix card, a magnetic-stripe reader for swiping card information into the phone, and a battery charging docking station for the Helix card to recharge. The product currently works only with an Android smart-phone application, and a customer website.
The Inamo Band has been designed as a multi-function, payment enabled, transport capable & consumer-focused wearable. This offers consumers a ubiquitous access point, where traditionally, 6 to 8 different form factors are necessary.
Great pitches and awesome feedback from the judges. Since BoostVC was already an investor on Epiphyte Brayton Williams did not get to score the pitch. The result of the scores was a tie – congratulations to Epiphyte and Inamo for the best pitches of the evening!
About Silicon Valley Forum Series and Events
Together with our corporate partners, Silicon Valley Forum proudly presents our series events. The quarterly series or events can take different formats, such as startup pitch nights, panel discussions, breakfasts, investor meetings, and much more. Contact Denyse Cardozo, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Author: Xi-Er Dang
Product Marketing Specialist