Who’s a Judge? Wow! - Part 3

Welcome to our third installment of our judges series!  Competition day is quickly approaching and we wish luck to all of our talented finalists.  Until then though, sit back and get a little more familiar with our incredibly accomplished judges!

SXSW Overview / Survival Tips

SXSW Overview / Survival Tips

It’s only one week till HATCH pitch Day with SXSW Interactive officially kicking off this lucky Friday, March 13.  We are excited to see all of you in person in Austin. To help out with things, here is some critical info and logistics you will want to know regarding your participation in and around HATCH pitch as well as some SXSW tips and tricks.

Who’s a Judge? Wow! - Part 2

It’s time to meet more of our judge’s panel for HATCH pitch 2015!  We’ll be at SXSW Interactive on March 16th for competition day - less than two weeks away!  Read up on who will be there to judge our talented finalists:

Who’s a Judge? Wow! - Part 1

Who’s a Judge? Wow! - Part 1

HATCH pitch is so excited to welcome such a dynamic panel of judges to the 2015 competition!  We know they’re eager to hear from all of our finalists at SXSW Interactive on March 16th, and we’d like to take a moment and let you get to know them before the big day!

Formative - Update and Advice for 2015 Finalists

Formative - Update and Advice for 2015 Finalists

We had a really amazing time at SXSW, although the best story is the fact that I was still a grad student at UCLA and this was during finals week.  So I literally flew in on a redeye late the night before, slept in the airport, snuck into the hotel spa where I took a shower, and then presented only after convincing another team to help me advance my slides.  I then went home right after on a train to San Antonio and then cheapest return flight.  I really didn't get to enjoy much but I did have phenomenal conversations and met great people.

Molecule (2nd Place 2013) - Update and Advice for 2015 Finalists

Molecule (2nd Place 2013) - Update and Advice for 2015 Finalists

It was really exciting for our team, getting invited to present at SXSW at HATCH pitch 2013, and to see that teams around the country were chosen.  We were really flattered to be able to be there.  We were initially a little trepidatious about it.  We knew some of the judges could be very tough.  We were not sure whether the judges or the audience would understand the niche for the energy space we were in.  Fortunately for us, we were able to simplify the message such that we got the point across, so even judges not in this space recognized the significant opportunity.

HATCH pitch Finalists Announced

HATCH pitch Finalists Announced

On March 16th at SXSW Interactive, twelve awesome startups who rose to the top from a pool of hundreds from around the world will compete head-to-head to claim the most in HATCH dollar investments to become this year’s 1st place winner. With over $150M raised by past HATCH pitch winners since 2012 including one acquisition, real world investments are highly likely to follow. These ‘making life better’ startups will present to a panel of world class judges consisting of top VCs, Fortune 100 enterprise executives, and top accelerators.

YouEarnedIt (2nd Place 2014) - Update & Advice for Finalists

YouEarnedIt (2nd Place 2014) - Update & Advice for Finalists

HATCH pitch was an amazing opportunity for us to not only prepare for a high-pressure pitch so we nailed our key messages, but also to walk away with some actionable feedback and recognition. We were voted audience favorite, and took advantage of the perks offered to finalists including a radio interview and additional media exposure. The best part, though, was making sure we were thinking about the true differentiators in our business and this space considering all the great ideas we were up against.

Applications In - Finalists Announced Soon

Applications In - Finalists Announced Soon

HATCH pitch is in full swing for its SXSW 2015 event and all applications are now in for the final review. Applicants have given it their best - some even utilizing feedback from HATCH pitch itself, and made their submissions. Eagerly awaiting news with their fingers crossed, applying startups have filled the applicant message board with well wishes to all their fellow applicants and comments of hope and anticipation to meet everyone at SXSW.

Houston Startup Happy Hour

Houston Startup Happy Hour

Last Thursday night, Jan 22, marked the re-emergence of a great community pastime, the Houston Startup Happy Hour. The evening brought together entrepreneurs and startup community enthusiasts from all over the city to celebrate a great year in H-town startups and an even brighter 2015. It was a night of fun, friends, and new faces encased in the warm, intimate atmosphere of a Midtown pub.

Final Deadline Today

Final Deadline Today

HATCH pitch is in full swing for the SXSW 2015 event and today, Jan 20, is the last day for applications. If you’re a startup and haven’t yet applied, now is the time!  

Great things happen here! We have just added judges from two of the top seed VC’s, Intel Capital and Atlas Venture, and we will shortly announce more! The number and the quality of applications we’re receiving is skyrocketing. Take advantage of the time left and finalize your application now. No applications will be accepted after the Jan 20th deadline.

Also, be sure to visit HATCH pitch’s evaluation criteria for tips on beefing up your application and increasing your chances to present on stage at SXSW Interactive. HATCH pitch is happening on March 16, in Austin, TX, so mark your calendars.

Entrepreneurs, Jedi of the 21st Century

Entrepreneurs, Jedi of the 21st Century

By: Ripp Motion

This is the first of a series of posts about the entrepreneurial journey.

Ask anyone if money equals power and they will undoubtedly say, “Yes”. To break this down, we need to start with some simple definitions.