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HATCH Startup Pitch Competition Part 1

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HATCH: The pitch competition for tech startups with revolutionary ideas. Join our well-connected audience as the first group of finalists present their business plans and receive feedback from esteemed entrepreneur, corporate, angel, and venture investor judges. The audience weighs in with comments and votes using mobile and web.

The program spans three SXSW sessions providing networking opportunities with fans, team members, mentors, advisors, and investors.

Finalists are selected from a pool of applicants from around the world. They prepare awesome pitches with education and coaching from experts to refine their business models and presentations. Judges select winners after hearing all the presentations. Prizes include hosting services, investor meetings, media exposure, office space, consultations, and mentoring. HATCH alumni have raised funds and generally kicked ass. HATCH features startups from technology accelerators and incubators.

Come see the best of the best!


Joel Yarmon Investor Draper Associates

Ken Jones Director University of Houston

Kerry Rupp Managing Partner DreamIt Ventures

Kerry Rupp is a Managing Partner at DreamIt Ventures. She manages the organization’s operations and fundraising efforts and leads the Austin program.
Before DreamIt, Kerry was a marketing and strategy consultant to senior executives at AllRecipes, ReadersDigest, LexisNexis, Payscale, and Taleo. With nearly 20 years of executive strategy and operations experience, Rupp spent much of her time at startups, including: Jobster, MarketSpan and CourtLink and at Automated Catalogue Services.
Kerry is the founder of Holiday Golightly, an online travel service specializing in girlfriend getaway trips. She has also served as Vice President of Business Development at Jobster and; Managing Director & Vice President of Market Planning at LexisNexis; and was a Consultant at both McKinsey & Company and Andersen Consulting. She is the publisher of the book “CRAVE Austin: The Urban Girls’ Manifesto” (2009), and the publisher of “The Parisian Cowboy’s Guide to the Round Top Experience” (2010).
Kerry holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Biology from Duke University. She is an avid adventurer that has visited over 50 countries and been to 48 States in the USA.

Marc Weiser Managing Dir RPM Ventures