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Startup Grind Phoenix is hosting a virtual pitch battle on September 30th featuring the top five local startup applicants.
Who doesn't love cash prizes?
2nd place: $500 sponsored by DTPHX with an additional $300 in downtown Phoenix perks
3rd place: $250 sponsored by Startup Grind Phoenix and a 6 month Starter+Study membership to Perimeter83
*The top 5 finalists will receive an initial business consultation meeting as well as a financial action plan from DFG Advisors*
To apply, submit a 1-minute pitch video and information here. Application deadline: September 23rd.
Judging will be based on:
Hool Coury Law
Co-Founder & CEO
Arizona State University
Associate Vice President, Knowledge Enterprise
Connor Hubach is an attorney specializing in corporate law, contracts, M&A, securities, regulatory affairs, and IP. He's passionate about Phoenix, ASU, and startups.
Jamie Baxter is the co-founder and CEO of Qwick, a Phoenix-based on-demand staffing company founded in 2018 that connects service industry professionals with food and beverage shifts in real-time. Under Jamie’s leadership, Qwick is rapidly expanding to serve professionals and partners in 20 markets nationwide by 2020.
As CEO, Jamie provides technical leadership and strategic vision for Qwick on its mission of offering freedom, flexibility, and financial autonomy to professionals and partners alike. An HR tech veteran, Jamie’s passion for Qwick comes from his love of building technology products, assembling amazing teams, and a drive to help the thousands of individuals on the Qwick platform earn extra income.
Prior to Qwick, Jamie led 7 HR technology products from concept to revenue, growing the largest to $130M ARR. He previously led an international team of 380 people at Willis Towers Watson, where he managed 8 product lines with $245M revenue and $36M R&D.
Jamie’s entrepreneurial passion can be traced back to when he started his first technology company at the young age of 16 and sold it at the age of 20. His early successes as a tech consultant led him on a non-traditional educational path and he left the University of Tulsa prior to graduation to launch his career.
Brenda Schmidt is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, educator, and CEO of Coplex, a Corporate Startup Studio that partners with corporations to build businesses to create a better future. She is a builder focused on driving innovation through technology with a particular interest in social impact.
Deeply embedded into the startup ecosystem, Brenda is a mentor, advisor and entrepreneur in residence to several accelerators and emerging digital health startups. She also serves on the boards of the Startup AZ Foundation, Solera Health, RexPay, the Arizona Bioindustry Association, the City of Phoenix Workforce Development Board and is a FierceHealth Editorial Board Advisor. Brenda also teaches entrepreneurship at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.
Ji Mi Choi is an associate vice president at Arizona State University leading Entrepreneurship + Innovation in service to schools and units across the institution and the greater community.
Previously, Ji Mi served in various fast-paced and evolving roles at New York University: early in her career at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts before new media was new media; later at the Polytechnic University (now the Tandon School of Engineering at NYU), first serving as the chief of staff to the president and vice president for strategic initiatives, then later serving as the senior director of integration, leading the merger between the two institutions; and subsequently serving as the assistant vice president for global programs planning. Ji Mi has also served at the world-renowned Earth Institute at Columbia University, ultimately as chief of staff and assistant deputy director.
A long-time New Yorker by way of Seoul and an avid internationalist, Ji Mi has served in a leadership role for the United Nations Development Programme and in various capacities for numerous start-up organizations, both not-for-profit and for-profit (helping take a company public in the days of the dot-com boom), and has been involved in political campaigns.
Ji Mi serves on the board of the StartupAZ Foundation and numerous local and national boards and advisory councils for entrepreneur-supporting organizations and programs.
Ji Mi received her B.A. in English literature and communications from Marymount Manhattan College and her M.S. in strategic communications from Columbia University.
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