Fast Pitch Finale Wraps Up Riverside County Innovation Month

The competition will celebrate the top entrepreneurial teams from pitch offs held in cities throughout the region

UCR joins the county in sponsoring the “Shark Tank”-type event on April 30

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( —  Eight of Riverside County’s most talented entrepreneurs will go head to head for startup funding in the second annual Fast Pitch Finale on Monday, April 30, at UCR ARTSBlock, 3824 Main St., Riverside.

The competition will close out Riverside County’s Innovation Month by celebrating the top entrepreneurial teams from pitch competitions held in cities throughout the county.

The eight finalists will present their business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists and angel investors for cash prizes of up to $10,000. The event is the product of a partnership between the University of California, Riverside, the County of Riverside, cities in the region, and the EPIC Small Business Development Center.

“For Riverside, having this level of activity on the entrepreneurial front is unprecedented, and UCR and the County of Riverside have been important players to help get here. We have a good lineup of venture capitalists to whom we are trying to showcase what we have to offer regarding startups and technology,” says Rosibel Ochoa, associate vice chancellor for the Office of Technology Partnerships at UC Riverside.

The event’s keynote speaker is Tim Jenkins, Co-founder of SendGrid and UCR computer science alumnus whose firm recently went to Initial Public Offering (IPO).

Judges include Carmen Palafox, partner, MiLA Capital Advisors; Lisa Atia, chief revenue officer, Backstage Capital; Mike Napoli, angel investor, Tech Coast Angels, and Saul S. Rostamian, partner, Winston & Strawn LLP.
Networking and appetizers begin at 5 p.m. with the pitches starting at 5:30 p.m. Follow this link to register.


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