HATCH Pitch Competition for Tech Startups Part 2
HATCH pitch is the revolutionary competition for tech startups making life better. Join our well-connected audience as the second 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 large pool of applicants from around the world. They prepare with education and coaching from experts to refine their business models and presentations to make the best possible pitch. Judges select winners after hearing all the presentations. Prizes include hosting services, tablets, investor meetings, media exposure, office space, consultations, and mentoring. HATCH alumni have raised funds and generally kicked ass.
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Alan is currently the Managing Director of Polus Capital, a provider of entrepreneur-friendly capital to growing and profitable businesses who are at a stage when venture capital, private equity, and traditional lending instruments are not desirable for entrepreneurs.
Alan began his career as a surgeon at Duke where he started MercuryMD out of a garage, grew it to over 100 employees, sold it to a publicly traded company, and helped run the acquiring $400M healthcare business before going to the other side of the investor table as an angel and then venture capital investor.
Currently, he is an owner and the Non-executive Chairman of KLAS Enterprises, a leading provider of healthcare information services. Most recently he was a Venture Partner at Chrysalis Ventures, a leading healthcare VC firm based in Louisville, KY. He is a regular columnist writing about growth companies at Inc.com.
Alan serves on the Boards of multiple growth companies ranging in size from $5M to $100M in revenue, is a Director on the Board of the Gulf States Chapter of YPO, and is a Trustee of the Post Oak School, a nationally recognized Montessori K-12 institute in Houston, TX.
Alan earned his BA in Philosophy from Rice University, his MD from The Ohio State University, and trained in general and thoracic surgery at Duke University.
Kerry Rupp is CEO 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 Classmates.com; 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.
Neal is concurrently the managing director of Indalo Solutions, an entrepreneurial strategy and innovation firm, and the chairman of Haven Holdings, a privately-held holdings company with assets across eleven countries on four continents. At Indalo Solutions, Neal has led the firm’s efforts in guiding sustainable innovation to over 600 clients in 31 countries since 2008.
Neal is a teacher and mentor by heart. Since 2003, he has been an instructor within the University of Houston system, teaching courses in business economics, strategy, and finance. He also guides numerous nonprofit organizations, both domestically and internationally, as a board member and has been a mentor within multiple business incubators and accelerators.
Prior to his current roles, Neal provided consulting and analysis within industries such as IT, energy, and healthcare – including as the founder of Nefer International, a quantitative-based operations and market analysis firm. Neal holds master’s degrees in finance, economics and strategy (MBA).