THE PITCH, a contest for startups, is based on the format of the popular show “The Voice” and will include “The Elevator Pitch” – a platform to convey a clear, concise and brief message (as quickly as it takes an elevator to travel from the top floor to the bottom).
Who can apply for the contest?
► Startup companies operating in various fields: IT, Mobile, Social, E-commerce, Healthcare etc. (not including
Cleantech and Medical Devices).
► Seed / Early Stage companies.
► A company which has been operating for no longer than three years.
► A company which has raised a maximum of $2M from private investors, incubators and accelerators and is not
► A company with a maximum revenue of $2M.
► Exposure to a large audience comprised of key players in the high-tech and venture capital industries in Israel,
both at the semifinals and finals event.
► Opportunity for arranged “one on one” meetings with the judges and potential investors, throughout the day of the
► Attend an exclusive "by invitation only" gala cocktail reception on the evening prior to the JOURNEY conference.
► Presentation skills workshops designed and conducted by Barry Katz Ltd.
► "One on one" mentoring sessions with leading VCs principals.
► Personal guidance by IBM senior mentors; Screening sessions with IBM Startup Ecosystem Unit with selected
startups, exploring technology and business fit for future partnership with IBM. Access to IBM programs for startups.
► ESOP – EXCELLENCE provides trust and administration services to companies equity based plans (ESOP) in
accordance with the tax requirements. The 24 companies who will be elected will be entitled to 30% discount of the
rates to the first trust year (worth of ~300 USD). The 7 elected companies will be entitled to one year complimentary
trust service (worth of ~1,000 USD). The discounts will be available until 30.6.2018.
► Our 24 semi-finals companies will receive the opportunity to work with, and get advice from Cornell Tech MBA
students about one of the challenges they face. Each of the startups will be assigned to a team of two students for 2.5
months starting mid October 2017. Other than consulting the startup, the team will provide access to their NYC
mentor typically a VC. To learn more about Cornell Tech's iTrek Israel program click here.
► Attend the opening bell ceremony, as guests of honor, at Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange on the week prior to the JOURNEY conference.