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IDE Pitchfest 2016

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The IDE Drone Pitchfest Competition 2016 is an initiative open to applicants, both domestic and international, who are building a business involving unmanned aerial systems (drones). The goal of this competition is to encourage entrepreneurship, small business growth, and innovation in the unmanned aerial vehicle category.

Are you an entrepreneur looking to start up a drone company? Are you already in business but in need of an investor? Looking to grow your business or go public? Don’t miss this opportunity to present your ideas, projects and products to some of the top venture capitalists in the world looking to invest in the drone sector. 

Judging Criteria:

Pitches will be evaluated on four, equally-weighted categories:

  • Presentation
    1. Body Language/Charisma, Clarity, Articulation, Passion
  • Opportunity
    1. Market Identification, Size and Attractiveness, Target Customer Identification
  • Solution
    1. Value Proposition, Differentiation, Financial Viability/Profitability
  • The Big Question: Would you get another meeting?


Startup or early stage innovative businesses or entrepreneurs (including university faculty, staff and students and the broader community) , a fairly well developed idea or technology that involves unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in the commercial drone segment, and an interest in entering the drone accelerator that follows the pitch event.  Applications may be submitted by individuals or teams (no minimum or maximum for the amount of people involved)  – Entries generating revenues are allowed to compete, as long as annual revenues do not exceed $500,000 or the companies have not received more than $500,000 in institutional investment or grants (such as SBIR funding)

Competition is now accepting entries. IDE Pitchfest winner will be named and awarded at the event.

CLICK HERE to submit your entry form.

*Applications must be submitted by Nov. 14.

IDE Pitchfest Awards and Prizes:

Winners will have the opportunity to earn 5 prizes, each worth up to $100,000 for application development and/or product development. Winners will awarded the opportunity to solicit investment and funding from Singh Ventures VC Fund and discuss potential partnerships with Mr. Singh.

For additional information contact Mike Rosenberg: Rosenberg@ejkrause.com

Access to view the Pitchfest face off is included in the 2 Day All Access Conference Pass. Register here!

Pitchfest Judges:

  • Ryan Ballantyne PhotoRyan Ballantyne

    Executive Vice President, Sales and Trading
    Reality Shares, Inc.

  • Alexander Niehenke PhotoAlexander Niehenke

    Scale venture Partners

  • John Stack PhotoJohn Stack

    Managing Director, Aerospace Leader
    The McLean Group Advisory Team

  • Raj Singh PhotoRaj Singh

    Singh Ventures

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