Pitch + Prize Reception

Organized by StartHereNow
Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Cambridge Building on the Rice University Campus), Houston
Sep 30th 2018
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Join us for the 2018 Pitch & Prize Reception for StartHereNow 2018, the women's startup weekend. 

This is the culmination of the 3rd annual StartHereNow women's startup weekend.

Join us to see ten outstanding women-led startups pitch & receive $50,000 in prizes! 

Open bar and light refreshments follow.


3:00 - 5:00 pm:

Competing startups give their final pitches & demonsrations in a high-energy format. Five minutes to pitch & demo, 3 minutes Q&A from judges

Prizes awarded

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Reception, open bar & light refrehments

2018 Judges: 

Gabriella Rowe | Managing Director, Station Houston

Samina Farid | Entrepreneur & Investor

Barbara Burger | President, Chevron Technology Ventures

Juliana Garaizar | Angel Capital Association, Investment Committee at TMC Fund, Kauffman Fellow

Stephanie Campbell | Managing Director, Houston Angel Network

Amanda K. Edwards | Houston City Council, At-Large Position 4

Diana Murakhovskaya | Co-Founder at Monarq / Investor / Advisor / Entrepreneur

2018 Sponsors: 

Sustaining: Silicon Valley Bank 

Gold: Quorum Software

Silver: AECOM, Chevron

Bronze: OPEN Houston, Rice Alliance, Strahan Cain

In-Kind: Vela Wood, Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Doerr Institute for New Leaders, KIT, Rebellion Photonics, Madhatter Coalition, Orange River Advisors, Rena O Productions, the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity, Bonanza Marketing, Carbono Dev, Fifteen Media, Growthlii, and Nordstrom.

About StartHereNow

StartHereNow is a startup weekend for women. Part incubator, part pitch-day, brainstorming session and hackathon, we help you Start your business. Here. Now.

Our mission is to create a supportive and collaborative environment where women can bring to life ideas that they are passionate about and build companies that solve big problems.


- The location for the finals is the Liu Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rice University. 

- The Liu Lab is on the ground floor of the Cambridge Building on the Rice University Campus, located at the corner of Main and Cambridge Streets, Houston, TX 77005. 

- Parking is available in the basement of the Cambridge Building.

- Please check in at the front desk upon arrival.

- For more information, see www.startherenow.org. 

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