3rd Annual Always Be Closing Pitch Battle

Aug 26, 2021, 12:30 – 2:00 AM

Virtually pitch to a group of investors and business experts about your Startup! Winners get a private virtual coffee meeting with one of our judges and free membership into Startup Grind's Startup Membership Program! Plus we'll be meeting up in person post event for a local happy hour!

Virtual event
Pitch Battle

About this event

Winners get a 1:1 meeting with one of our judges and free Membership to Startup Grind's new membership community for Founders ONLY!!


You must be to be an early-stage company based in Southern California (We consider Southern California to be made of the following counties: Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego.)

Your company must be less than 5 years old.

Your company has raised less than $1.5 million USD in funding and not closed a "Series A" round of financing.

Submission Process: Please Fill Out THIS FORM and Register for the Event

Please have your YouTube video link (public or viewable link) ready to go no later than Friday, August 20, 10PM Pacific Standard Time. The pitch has to be 90 seconds or less (we will count this!). Startups advancing to pitch to the investors will be notified by Sunday, August 22nd 6PM. For questions or concerns please email jessica@startupgrind.com

The pitch must include the following items (we will count this):

1. Introduce team members presenting and your ask (funding amount).

2. Define the problem and explain why your audience should care.

3. Explain your solution. How is your product/service going to create a solution?

4. Company traction

5. Relevant experience to back up your business

Happy Hour
Lets get together and socialize after the virtual battle! We will be meeting up at Bar Louie - The District

Check out what happened


  • TJ Kinion


    Program Manager


  • Barbara Bickham

    WIF AX (Women’s Innovation Fund Accelerator)

    Co-Founder | Managing Director

  • Dr. Silvia Mah

    Next Wave Impact Fund

    Lead Investor | General Partner

  • Sherwin Estanislao

    Creative Interlace Tech Ventures

    Founding Partner | CEO

  • Travis Lindsay

    Titan Angels





Thursday, August 26, 2021
12:30 AM – 2:00 AM UTC


Hellos | Intros
Let The Battle Begin!
Happy Hour


  • Jessica Acosta

    SmartSpace AI

    Director, Startup Grind OC/Irvine

  • TJ Kinion

    Sofar Ocean

    Co-Director, Startup Grind OC/Irvine

Global sponsor

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Dell Technologies


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Braid Theory

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Orange County Startup Council

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GD BRO Burger

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