About

OVERVIEW

PitchBreakfast is about providing area startups a chance to practice their most crucial pitch in a challenging but supportive environment.

PitchBreakfast is a safe, supportive environment where entrepreneurs go to connect, learn, and grow. We feature local founders/entrepreneurs/startups getting expert feedback on one of their most valuable assets – their pitch – in order to help get them investor-ready.

We’re big believers in Brad Feld’s philosophy that events that engage the entire entrepreneurial stack are important. So we created one! From the entrepreneurs that take the stage, to the distinguished investors and entrepreneurs that sit on our panels, to the community that makes up our audience, we create a great atmosphere where you can get connected without fear.

The event is free, we just ask for your email address to keep you up to date with future events. We always want our attendees to get the most out of each event.

ABOUT PITCHBREAKFAST

At each event (monthly in Charlotte, quarterly in Asheville and Charleston), we feature 3-4 startups who pitch their companies to the audience and a panel of experts we put together. In our standard format, each startup is given 5 minutes with slides to pitch followed by 10 minutes of feedback and Q&A with our panel and audience. Breakfast and coffee are provided, courtesy of our sponsors.

IDEA PITCH FORMAT

Once a quarter in Charlotte, we host a special format with our partners at IDEA Fund Partners, the most active seed stage investor in the southeast (with combined exits of over $1 Billion). This IDEA Pitch is only 2 minutes long and does not use slides. As Lister Delgado says, “if you can’t get my attention in two minutes, you’ll never do your full presentation.” If a presenter nails their 2 minute elevator pitch and the Q+A session to follow, the IDEA Fund Partners may bring them to Durham to do their pitch for the assembled investment team.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Vic Howie
Founder

Created two startup adventure travel companies, one with a successful exit and one not so, and also one incredible US National Whitewater Center that definitely worked!

He is a managing partner of HPL + Associates at Merrill Lynch, who advise and manage the financial affairs for a select group of entrepreneurs and privately-held business owners and their families, with special emphasis on planning for liquidity events and wealth preservation and transfer. He also serves on the Foundation Board at the College of Charleston.

Juan Garzón
Executive Director

With over a decade of marketing and communications experience as both an entrepreneur and corporate manager, Juan is currently a Messaging Strategist and Principal at The Garzón Company. In 2004, he created an online mobile home financing business. Then as head of marketing for a global market research firm, he spearheaded a rebranding effort and marketing overhaul that contributed to an almost 400% growth in revenue in 3 years. Juan also volunteers as a coach and mentor for RevTech, Impact3, and TEDxEducation, and has spoken at Ignite Charlotte. Most recently, he was the Master of Ceremonies for Charlotte Startup Weekend in January of 2014.

Justin Agans
Legal Advisor

Justin leads the Startup Law practice at Spengler & Agans.He works with startups, entrepreneurs, and local businesses throughout the Charlotte community. In addition to his background in the law, Justin has an M.B.A. with a focus on entrepreneurship and marketing strategy. Justin and Eric previously launched their own startup, which gives them a unique understanding of the challenges faced by entrepreneurs.