The Pitch Season 2

For Season 2 of The Pitch, we asked you to weigh in on which of the 20 startups in this year’s class should score the chance to pitch SoftBank Capital’s Nikhil Kalghatgi and Lerer Ventures’ Steve Schlafman and vie for a $10,000 prize. Thousands of votes were cast and 10 startups proceeded to the next round.

The companies arrived at Betabeat’s offices in the New York Observer building armed with their elevator pitches. Which founders have the right mix of passion, business acumen and innovation to woo the judges? Will it be the duo trying to revolutionize residential real estate in New York? The hacker and designer looking for a way to showcase freelance work? Or the former college residential advisors developing a platform to solve the quintessential roommate dilemma of whose turn it is to buy the TP?

Last year’s finalists went on to raise six and seven figure seed rounds. Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday to watch your favorite startups pitch their concepts and see whose idea will be the next big thing.


The Pitch Season 2, Finale: 3 Awesome Finalists, But Only 1 Winner

This season SoftBank Capital’s Nikhil Kalghatgi and Lerer Ventures’ Steve Schlafman heard from 10 startups elbowing to snag capital for their budding companies. The founders brought drive and passion to their pitches, but in the end only three could be finalists and only one the winner. Mr. Schlafman and Mr. Kalghatgi narrowed the pool by Read More


The Pitch Season 2, Episode Six: Funderverse – Crowdfunding for Companies

Discouraged by the limited options available to small and medium size businesses hoping to acquire capital, Rob Leclerc, co-founder of Funderverse, has set out to create a social media platform that connects companies with investors. Mr. Leclerc hopes Funderverse will become the Facebook for companies–though hopefully he has no Winklevii twins waiting in the shadows. Read More