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Start-Up Pitch Competition

Monday Oct 22, 2018
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA


Pitch Your Company to World-Class VCs, Investors and Executives


All Things Open, the largest open source, open tech, and open web conference on the east coast of the United States, will host its third annual “Open” Pitch Competition on the first day of the 201​8​ event, which is Monday, October 2​2​, 201​8​. Five (5) winning teams will be chosen to deliver 5 minute pitches (and 5 minutes of Q&A) presenting their company from the main stage to a panel of VCs, CEOs, and ​f​ounders. The pitch session will be in front of a live plenary audience. More than ​3,5​00 technologists and decision makers are expected to attend the event from all over the United States and the world.

Who’s Eligible:

Although there are many, many ways to define an “open” company we choose to define it in the following way for the purpose of the event this year:

  • The company must use open source software and/or hardware and be able to prove it.
  • The company must contribute to, or otherwise support, open source projects.
  • The company can be a software company, a hardware company, and consulting/services company, or a mix.
  • Business models can range from consulting, services/support, custom development, SaaS, open core, or one of the many others currently being adopted. We understand there are many approaches.
  • The company must be legally organized and registered in the United States.
  • The company must have achieved a revenue run rate of at least $50,000 USD per year OR secured external funding of at least $100,000 USD not from personal or family sources.

The Process:

  • Verify your company qualifies based on the criteria identified above.
  • Verify you and/or your team are available to travel to All Things Open if chosen (the competition will take place ​Monday, ​October 2​2​, 201​8​)
  • Complete and submit the form providing the most accurate information possible by Wednesday, September 12th, 2018.​
  • Wait to be notified whether you’ve been chosen as one of the 5 ​semi-​finalists.

Why Participate and Submit Your Company?

If chosen as a semi-finalist, your prize package (valued at $5000+) includes:

  • Paid flight + hotel to ATO for one (1) team member (two nights hotel, domestic flight not to exceed $500 USD).
  • Free exhibit table at the conference. Guarantees exposure to a large and influential audience​ (3,500 expected from all over the U.S. and world).​
  • Pitch to our panel of ​judges / ​investors from world-class companies and organizations.
  • Meet with and receive feedback from these investors.
  • Receive significant exposure in front of a large and very targeted audience, to include technologists, C-level, and media.

The Start Ups have been chosen! Keep an eye out for their introduction, along with the judges annoucement!


Judges of the 2017 competition included (left to right) Mark Rostik of Intel Capital, Karen Levert of Southeast TechInventures, Jesse Wu of Red Hat Strategic Investments, Jake Flomenberg of Accel Partners, and Bob Young of Lulu.com and Hippo Ventures

Event Details
Monday Oct 22, 2018
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA