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The 10th annual John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition Call for Applications

July 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am - August 12, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Tech Coast Angels (TCA) is pleased to announce our upcoming celebration of the 10th anniversary of our John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition held on October 6th, 2016. This competition is one of the most recognized angel investor events in the nation showcasing talented entrepreneurs who are given 2 minutes each to pitch their business to an expert panel of judges and large audience of investors, business executives and community leaders.

This year we are introducing several exciting changes, including:

  • Doubling the cash prizes from $15,000 to $30,000
  • Audience voting to determine all the winners
  • Recording live for The Pitch VC podcast

The finalists will receive invaluable coaching from our experienced TCA members and The Pitch podcast investors, and the winners of the event will be awarded cash and business services from our generous sponsors. Prepare to also hear from past finalists who have accomplished many milestones and made considerable progress since competing.

TCA believes in supporting the growth and success of startup businesses in our community. Join us in attending this celebration of entrepreneurship with an evening of high-intensity, dynamic pitches and an exciting competition.



First Place: $15,000        

All-you-can-fly 1-month membership on Surf Air.

A dedicated desk for 1-year at Downtown Works.

Second Place: $10,000    

All-you-can-fly 2-week membership on Surf Air.

Third Place: $5,000      

2 trial round trip flights on Surf Air.

Second and third place winners will each receive $2,500 in legal services from Stradling and $3,000 in business services from The Startup Garage.

All finalists will receive 2 free tickets to the Quick Pitch Competition, 4-months of roaming co-work desk space at Downtown Works and a 3-month membership with Corporate Alliance. 

*The application process is closed. The finalists will be announced in September. 

“This event was an unexpected delight, fun, challenging, focused, and informative. The mentors and organizers were generous with their time and expertise, and the pitch in and out of the event is better as a result. Best of all, of course, is that interest from a number investors has surfaced from unexpected places as a result of our appearance at the event.”

– Christy Joiner – Quick Pitch Finalist, Founder and CEO, Stics, Inc.

 “This event was excellent all around but I was especially glad to learn about and meet real Angels. Hearing from the angel judges and meeting real angels at the mixer was just what I needed to perfect my own pitch.”

– John Spirko – Quick Pitch Attendee, Fit for Green

“As a San Diego-based startup, there is no better opportunity to get your message to the Angel community than Quick Pitch. The competition is top quality, the environment is energetic, and both the mentoring as well as the on-stage feedback helps any startup’s pitch improve. We would not be where we are today without Quick Pitch.”

Adam Riggs-Zeigen – Quick Pitch Winner, Chief Rocker, Rock My World

To attend the Quick Pitch Competition: REGISTER NOW     


John G. Watson Foundation

Qualcomm Ventures



Knobbe Martens



Corporate Alliance

Digital News Now

Downtown Works

The Pitch

The Startup Garage

Surf Air


Tech Coast Angels (TCA) is one of the largest and most active angel investor networks in the nation, and a leading source of funding for seed-stage and early-stage companies across all industries in Southern California.

TCA members are accredited investors who collectively invest in start-up companies in the range of $250k to $2M as a group.  The companies TCA invest in go through well-structured, transparent, and time efficient screening and due diligence. TCA members are themselves founders, and executive level business leaders who have extensive knowledge in the investment process and world-class business practices.  Thus, TCA members provide companies with more than just capital; they also contribute counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of investors, customers, strategic partners and management.

TCA is a catalyst in the growth of the Southern California entrepreneurial thriving ecosystem of innovation.  We fund mostly emerging technologies and life science companies.


July 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am
August 12, 2016 @ 5:00 pm


Qualcomm hall
5775 Morehouse Drive
San Diego , CA 92121 United States
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