J. Kelly Hoey

Game On Edition!

Recently back from ATECH Conference in Aruba — yes, it is the hottest tech conference! Hot on ideas, inspiration, community and collaboration. Hot because in just two years the conference has attracted startups from across the Caribbean and the globe (Israel, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. to name a few) to apply to pitch and industry leaders, such as Burning Man’s Director of Technology, Heather Gallagher, to the stage.

ICYMI (all my tweets from the beach, that is), the winner of this year’s pitch competition was Susan O’Brien, founder of Smigin (“all the language you need”). And an idea (borrowed from Christine Souffrant, one of the speaker’s at ATECH this year): spend a weekend this Fall sourcing and applying for pitch competitions, grants and the like. There is money without strings (other than a good pitch or story) attached out there, so go after it.

To get you started:

Apply for a seat to pitch an investor — by riding in an Uber car on October 26.This unique pitch event is open to tech companies with female founders from all over the country, however the rides will be taking place in Providence, New Haven, Stamford, Baltimore, Washington DC and Kansas City. Deadline to apply is October 20th.

The application to apply is here. Besides the 1:1 drive with an investor, there is $120,000 in grant prizes up for grabs plus 20 semi-finalists will get to showcase their company to a room of investors on November 16. Inspiring women entrepreneurs, time to apply to the Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program! The Tory Burch Foundation Fellows receive:
  • 1-Year Fellowship
  • Trip to NYC for a 3-Day Workshop at Tory Burch
  • $10,000 business education grant
  • Chance to participate in a pitch competition to win a $100,000 grant investment

The application closes on November 10.

Exit my newsletter to learn about the Fellows program, and follow @ToryBurchFdn #ToryBurchFellows

AND, bring share your dream on September 29 at my event at Leesa’s Dream Gallery and you could win a signed copy of my forthcoming book (+ other surprises).

Info below.

Join angel investor, author and networking expert Kelly Hoey for an evening conversation at the Leesa Dream Gallery in SoHo.

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