Tech Coast Angels – Quick Pitch Competition 2017

The Quick Pitch Competition is one of the most recognized angel investor events in the nation showcasing talented entrepreneurs who are given 2 minutes each to pitch their business to an expert panel of judges, and a large audience of investors, business executives and community leaders who select the winners.

The judges are given 3 minutes each to provide feedback on the pitches, which in turn helps influence the audience in their voting decision. Our 10 company finalists will receive invaluable coaching, and the top 3 winners will be awarded a combined amount of $50,000 in cash, plus additional business services from some of our generous sponsors.

This year’s Quick Pitch will be hosted by Tech Coast Angels-San Diego and San Diego Venture Group, with combined efforts of making it the best competition in San Diego. Last year’s competition winner went on to raised $2 Million in angel funding lead by the Tech Coast Angels. This program is designed to be fast-paced to keep the audience engaged, educated, and entertained.

Why You Should Attend:

– Network with experienced Tech Coast Angels and San Diego Venture Group investors.

– Watch the exciting competition as these up-and-coming entrepreneurs sell their ventures in two minutes or less to an expert panel.

– Meet face-to-face with the Quick Pitch Finalists and view their innovative product and technology displays.

– Enjoy gourmet receptions, before and after the competition, and mix with movers and shakers from San Diego’s entrepreneurial and business community. Bring plenty of business cards!

The competition CALL FOR APPLICATIONS ends August 18, 2017.
The 10 finalists will be announced on September 1, 2017.


Once the 10 finalists are selected, each company is coached by a member of TCA-SD with the most experience in their particular industry. The coaches provide valuable insight in preparing a 2-minute pitch, working with the presenter to refine their story to include enough information to sway the audience to select them as the prize winner.

After each 2-minute presentation, our panel of expert judges – who are key players in the local and national startup ecosystem – will provide their analysis for the benefit of the audience, which, at the end of the event, will text message their vote for their favorite company to determine the final three winners.

Date: October 5, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall
5775 Morehouse Dr.
San Diego, California

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About John G. Watson Foundation
In 2012, the John G. Watson Foundation was established by the Tech Coast Angels (TCA) as a memorial fund in honor of John G. Watson. He was an active investor committed to innovation and further development of the prevalent entrepreneurial climate within San Diego. John was a mentor to many and encouraged, promoted, and supported innovation in the startup community. The John G. Watson Foundation works to carry on his legacy and dedication to innovation by backing a variety of entrepreneurial businesses, individuals, as well as events and activities in the area, including competitions, scholarships and workshops. Today the foundation is supported through donations, private and public grants, and revenue generated through the investment of the Foundation’s endowment. The Tech Coast Angels Quick Pitch competition is one of many events supported by the foundation over the last 5 years and Tech Coast Angels shares in the same mission as the John G. Watson Foundation; to continue funding of new and existing entrepreneurial initiatives.

About San Diego Venture Group
San Diego Venture Group is a non-profit business association with a mission to support and promote the venture capital and start-up company eco-system in the San Diego region. Our 800 members include VCs, angel investors, entrepreneurs, startup grinders, experienced executives, and market influencers. Founded in 1986, SDVG is a non-profit organization designed to bring together people who are interested in new ventures and furthering individual companies, as well as our overall innovation community. SDVG is working hard to further San Diego’s status as a leading entrepreneurial and venture region. They regularly meet with startup companies and investors – both here and outside of San Diego. Their mission is to elevate the funding environment and growth prospects for our local startups. It is all about the companies, for the companies. They further work to support San Diego’s venture capital eco-system by providing an informal and dynamic environment for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, community leaders, and business advisors to develop greater insights into the process of forming, funding, and scaling high growth companies.

About Tech Coast Angels
Tech Coast Angels (TCA) is one of the largest and most active angel investor networks in the nation, and a leading source of funding for seed-stage and early-stage companies across all industries in Southern California. TCA members are accredited investors who collectively invest in start-up companies in the range of $250k to $2M. The companies TCA invests in go through well-structured, transparent, and time efficient screening and due diligence. TCA members are themselves founders, and executive level business leaders who have extensive knowledge in the investment process and world-class business practices. Thus, TCA members provide companies with more than just capital; they also contribute counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of investors, customers, strategic partners and management. TCA is a catalyst in the growth of the Southern California entrepreneurial thriving ecosystem of innovation. We fund mostly emerging technologies and life science companies.

SOURCE: Tech Coast Angels