sFoundation / Z-Pitch Pitch Night (Free General Adimission)

Startup Pitch:

Z-Pitch brings together presenters and panelists for demonstration and feedback. During pitches, each presenter will have 5 minutes to present (with a warning at the 4-min mark) and 7 minutes for Q&A (with a warning at the 6-min mark). At the end of all the presentations, the panelists will select 1 winning company among all presenters based on presentation quality, business strategy, and the potential for growth. The winning companies will receive prizes from sponsors.

Judging categories:

  1. Introduction
  2. Product / Service: Solves a needed problem
  3. Market: market size, customer research, etc.
  4. Marketing strategy: go to market, channels, etc.
  5. Competitive Advantages
  6. Revenue Model
  7. Value Proposition
  8. Major Milestones: past, current, and future
  9. Management Team
  10. Startup Capital Requirements

Panelists (judges):

Tony Clemendor

Tony Clemendor (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tclemendor/)

Tony works with founders and first time CEOs to help them successfully launch, fund and scale. As a founder coach and executive coach, he helps his clients create strategies for success, develop a concrete action plan, and hold them accountable for execution. Clemendor helps skilled and talented executives improve their self-awareness, focus, and clarity. He is most effective with first-time founders or executives looking for an experienced guide to brainstorm with or to help them achieve specific goals.

Ron Gentile

Ron Gentile (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rongentile/)

Entrepreneur, strategy and product executive known for innovation and execution. Ron held leadership positions across a variety of sectors. Started career at Adobe helping build their flagship products and technologies. Successful track record identifying, evaluating, executing and evangelizing new business and product opportunities. Strong innovator and data-driven, critical thinker coupled with significant creative experiences. Excellent at influencing and leading cross-functional teams around a vision and roadmap. Significant experience as a high-impact member of management teams and raising venture capital.

Dr. Ella Li

Dr. Ella Li (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellal/)

Dr. Li is a venture capital investor, advisor and scientist. She has 15+ years of experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, and rich investment experiences in healthcare and medtech as well as AI and IOT industries. Established and managed VC funds and several FOFs, including one with portfolio funds such as KPCB, Menlo, Andreessen Horowitz, Accel, Foundation Capital, and Institutional Venture Partners. Also serving as board advisors and mentors in several startups and accelerators. Ella has extensive publications in prestigious journals with IMF over 10 including Nature Communication, Cell Metabolism, Journal of Clinical Investigation, PNAS, Molecular Cell, Diabetes etc. with 400+ citations.

Peter Morris

Peter Morris (https://www.linkedin.com/in/pcmorris99/)

Peter is a seasoned finance professional with a treasury management career spanning more than fifteen years. His wide skill-set includes, but is not limited to the following: banking relations, exposure hedging, cash forecasting and reporting, portfolio cash management, insurance/risk negotiation, equipment financing, treasury management reporting, foreign exchange hedging, FASB 52/133 hedge accounting, and tax research.

Peter is the go-to person on insurance questions, particularly employer’s liability and property. Financial modeling using in-depth forecasting analysis and reporting through the use of multiple layered spreadsheets.

Jens Weitzel

Jens Weitzel (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenseweitzel/)

As a technology executive with 20+ years of international experience, Jens has worked in large enterprises and startups and is passionate about enabling productive collaboration between corporates and startups. His strengths are in market assessment, strategy development, and business development. They may be employed to help a startup launch or scale their product/solution; or support an enterprise with developing and executing corporate innovation initiatives and successfully engaging with startups. He is passionate about technology that is disrupting the automotive and mobility markets (ACES), but also regularly works across the broader IoT market, and in a number of other vertical markets (software/cloud, energy, sustainability, fintech, AR/VR).


6:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Networking
6:30 pm – 6:45 pm – Introductions (30 seconds each)
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm – Pitch by startups (there will be seven startups)
8:00 pm – 8:15 pm – Tallying and Announcing Winner
8:15 pm – 9:00 pm – Networking
9:00 pm – End


1st place – three training sessions/workshops at sFoundation Accelerator

Event Organizers:


Description of sFoundation

sFoundation is a startup ecosystem powered by diversity. Their Startup Accelerator, along with the sFoundation Angels and sFoundation Corporate, help founders with workshops, peer-to-peer founders support, investment opportunities, and entrepreneur community building.

Learn more about our various programs on their website: https://www.sfoundation.io/startups

sFoundation’s mission is to provide anyone who is interested in starting or growing a company with the knowledge, help, and connections they need to move to the next stage of their startup life.They want to help founders to enhance their strengths, tackle their weaknesses, and build a collaborative startup community.

sFoundation firmly believes that women entrepreneurs, minority entrepreneurs, and founders over forty are highly valuable contributors to the Silicon Valley innovation spirit. We created this startup eco-system just because of this. Join us and help each other in achieving this belief and in building your dream startup.



Description of ZGC Capital

Z-Park is a multi-functional platform dedicated to accelerating world’s innovative business by providing dynamic co-working spaces, Z-Club membership program and diversified events. Z-Park has established two innovation centers in North America, one in Silicon Valley, CA, and the other in Cambridge, MA. Radiating the power of innovation from within and benefit all others around, we are here to support your innovation ideas to landing pages and escort your cross-border business expansion with dedicated space services, all-round consulting services, including accounting and financial services, legal advisory, marketing consultancy, promotion & sales solutions and networking mixers.

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