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Pismo Ventures' National Venture Plan Competition Investor Judges

Pitch Your Idea to Over 100 Seasoned Investors During the National Venture Plan Competition!

Pismo Ventures is excited to announce that the National Venture Plan has a huge panel of over 100 investor judges that review your startup ideas! 

Pismo Ventures' National Venture Plan Competition Investor JudgesBy pitching in the competition, you’ll not only build confidence in your ability to catch investors’ attention, you’ll also gain invaluable insight from their investors and have the opportunity to network with them directly through Hio Social.

You never know— a single piece of advice from one of these investors could be rocket fuel for your endeavor. 

Their notable judging panel includes: 

Dave Berkus
Dave Berkus has a well-established track record in operations, venture investing and corporate board service, both public and private. As an entrepreneur, he has formed, managed and sold successful businesses in the entertainment and software arenas. As a private equity investor, he has obtained healthy returns from over twenty-five liquidity events from investments in early-stage ventures. He acts as CEO coach and advisory board member to a number of technology companies, both public and private.

Richard Sudek
Richard Sudek, Ph.D. is UCI’s Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of UCI Applied Innovation. Sudek earned a Ph.D. in management and master’s degrees in business administration and organizational behavior at Claremont Graduate University. His research focuses on the angel investment decision process, examining how and why angel investors choose their investments.

Fred Haney
Dr. Fred Haney is the founder and President of the Venture Management Co., a firm that provides startup guidance to high tech companies. He is the author of “The Fundable Startup: How Disruptive Companies Attract Capital,” published on February 6, 2018, by Select Books of New York.

John Harbison
John Harbison is Chairman Emeritus of Tech Coast Angels where he has led 14 deals and invested in over 60 startups. He is also an active investor in public companies and has realized returns from 100x – 1100x in five companies (Microsoft, Apple, Abbott Labs, Nucor and McGraw-Hill). He currently serves as a Board Director on the Angel Capital Association and multiple early-stage companies.

Grant Van Cleve
Grant, the Chairman of the prestigious Tech Coast Angels, is involved in 74 start-ups, serving as a board member or formal advisor in a quarter of those. He is also Managing Partner of Hangar 75 Ventures. Grant has served as CEO and Executive Chairman of Portfolio Company, Buy It Installed, Inc, which uses artificial empathy to automate the installed-sales process, allowing any manufacturer or retailer to bundle national installation at the point of sale.

David Friedman
David Friedman is a tech-savvy marketing and business executive and angel investor with more than 30 years’ expertise in bringing to market new technology. His passion is innovation and commercializing technology to meet the needs of customers. He is currently President, TechCoastAngels OC.

Xandra Laskowski
Xandra Laskowski is a startup advisor with over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience with large multinational tech companies as well as startups as a founder, investor, advisor, and board member. She has held positions as Worldwide Commodity Manager and National Major Accounts managerial roles before moving into the Angel Investment and startup worlds. She founded OSEA Angel Investors in 2017, a woman-focused angel investment group based at the UCI Cove, University of Irvine, California.

Scott Fox
CEO of the OC Startup Council and Chairman of the Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs (Orange County), Scott Fox is a serial Internet entrepreneur, best-selling author, startup ecosystem evangelist, and angel investor. After early careers as an investment banker and attorney, he has founded, worked for, invested in, or coached hundreds of startup ventures. An advocate for early-stage entrepreneurs, Scott has also written 3 best-selling books to help first-time entrepreneurs get started, including the classics Internet Riches (2006) and Click Millionaires (2012).

And many, many more! 

Pismo Ventures is beaming with excitement and can't wait to hear your ground-breaking ideas. Feel free to learn more about the competition and don't forget to share the news with your network on social media!

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