Connecticut entrepreneurs are being offered a ride that they may find hard to turn down. The Refinery, a Connecticut based growth accelerator, has teamed with Uber and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for UberPITCH, "a unique way for local startups to access the resources they need to grow their companies—all at the touch of an Uber button".
Entrepreneurs applying by October 20th, may be selected to take a 10-15 minute Uber ride with a top investor on October 26. They will pitch their venture and receive direct feedback by an investor who will help select semi-finalists to present at the "Fueling the Growth" pitch event on November 16th. The winners share $120k in prize money and receive an ongoing investor mentorship.
New Haven, along with Baltimore, Kansas City, MO, Providence, RI, Stamford, CT and Washington DC are all participating in UberPITCH.
Eligibility is a follows: 1) at least 1 woman in a leadership role, 2) use of technology in their business, 3) demonstration of scalability with market fit, 4) participate at one of the participating cities on October 26 for the UberPITCH car ride, and be able to travel to Stamford, CT for the “Fueling the Growth” event at the Stamford Innovation Center on November 16.
Those applying will be notified about their acceptance by October 24th and be given an Uber promo code to be used to request an UberPITCH. Entrepreneurs will have seven minutes to pitch their business and receive seven minutes of feedback from the investor. On November 2nd riders if they have been selected advance to the semi-finalist round in Stamford, CT.
Semi-finalists must attend the final pitch day of "Fueling the Growth" at the Stamford Innovation Center on November 16. Prior to the finals, a semi-finalist round will determine the finalists for pitching again later that same evening. A showcase will include all semi-finalists before the pitch competition.