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The 10th Annual John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition Presented By TCA

October 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Tech Coast Angels is pleased to announce the celebration of the 10th anniversary of our John G. Watson Quick Pitch Competition.

The Quick Pitch 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. Our 10 company finalists will receive invaluable coaching and mentoring and the winners will be awarded $30,000 in cash, plus additional business services from some of our generous sponsors.

New this year, the audience (YOU) will select the winners. Please join us for this celebration of entrepreneurship with an evening of high-intensity, dynamic pitches and an exciting competition.

Why You Should Attend:

Network with experienced Tech Coast Angels investors.

Watch the exciting competition as these up-and-coming entrepreneurs sell their ventures in two minutes or less to an expert panel.

Meet face-to-face with the Quick Pitch Finalists and view their innovative product and technology displays.

Enjoy gourmet receptions, before and after the competition, and mix with movers and shakers from San Diego’s entrepreneurial and business community. Bring plenty of business cards!

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Qualcomm, Inc.
Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall
5775 Morehouse Dr.
San Diego, CA 92121

Register: HERE 


First Place: $15,000                                                                                                                

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

A dedicated desk for 1-year at Downtown Works.

A 409a valuation from Cabrillo Advisors.

Second Place: $10,000                                                                                                          

All-you-can-fly 1-month 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. 

Register HERE to see the pitches live!


Braykion Jon Wilensky, CEO

CourseKey Luke Sophinos, CEO

Echo Laboratories Eugene Cho, CEO

Industry Cody Barbo, CEO

In Spirit Lawrence Cisneros, Founder

Librede Jason Poulos, CEO

Pelv-ice Jill Bigelow, CEO

ResortPass Amanda Szabo, CEO

throtl Rick Berkerman, CEO

VOR, Inc. Winston Chen, CEO

“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

Lead Sponsors:

John G. Watson Foundation

Qualcomm Ventures


Supporting Sponsors:

First Republic

Knobbe Martens


Contributing Sponsors:

Cabrillo Advisors

Corporate Alliance 

Dezinegirl Creative

Digital News Now

Downtown Works



Sorrento Mesa Printing

Surf Air

The Pitch

The Startup Garage

Tim Hardy Photography



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 thriving Southern California entrepreneurial ecosystem of innovation.  We fund mostly emerging technologies and life science companies.





October 6, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Linda Wells


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