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PitchForce: Santa Monica






PitchForce is a monthly event for early stage high-tech startup entrepreneurs to get a chance to deliver a 4-minute elevator pitch to a panel of seasoned angel investors.


This monthly event is sponsored by PeopleConnect and Startup Mavericks.

PeopleConnect is a 19-year-old high tech startup recruiting firm. Producing the event is Max Shapiro, CEO of PeopleConnect, who has been hosting monthly pitch events for the past 8 years. PeopleConnect is the most unique recruiting firm in the world, featuring their Employees Without Paychecks model whereby PeopleConnect places individuals at early stage tech companies who are willing to work for options only for the first three months of their employment

Startup Mavericks is an early stage investment and growth consulting firm located in Long Beach. It’s Founder, Garrett Gilbertson, is a member of Tech Coast Angels and in 2017 he became the youngest member to join Band of Angels the oldest Angel organization in the US. Gilbertson is an Afghan War veteran, and former USAF Captain. He received his B.Sc. in Management from the United States Air Force Academy where he was a division 1 athlete and also has an M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship from Pepperdine University where he was recognized in 2013 as the Outstanding Student in Entrepreneurship from the Graziadio School of Business and Management. Garrett is also an alumni of Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program.


Presenters are chosen on a first come first served basis, and only 10 startup entrepreneurs are allowed to pitch at each event. YOU MUST SIGN UP ONLINE, AND WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO ASAP. SELECT THE ‘Pitching Entrepreneurs’ TICKET TYPE TO REGISTER! Presenters will receive instructions on the 8 key points to cover in your pitch, as well as a sample pitch.

Pitches will be reviewed by the SF PitchForce team prior to the event, to make sure that you are delivering a message that will resonate with the panel. In addition, please send your 4-minute pitch deck and 1-minute elevator manuscript for our review to Ben at Ben@peopleconnectstaffing.com. For more information about the event and how it is structured, please see the link: http://pitch-force.com/howtheeventworks/




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