TieQuest | GreenSky Capital Award: April 2016
Startup competitions are common practice for both startups and industry parties. For startups, they get to refine their pitch network with experts, see how they stack up against their competitions, garnet community and media attention and maybe even win some money. For industry partners involved they get to give back and have their ears to the ground for the next cutting edge technology, emerging startup and possible investment.
At Pinch we don't tend to dabble in too many of them as they've sprouted up like weeds with time and resources commitment often outweighing the prize, but when we were invited to participate in the TieQuest Toronto Competition we couldn't say no. During the months of March and April (2016) we putch over eight times to over 30 judges. It was an intense few weeks of , where they started with 50 companies and ultimately narrowed it down to five finalists all of whom were flown to San Francisco to attend TieCon and mingle amongst tech tycoons, senior executives and fellow founders.
As one of the top five finalist were were eligible for the GreenSky Capital Award for a potential investment of $500,000 which Pinch was ultimately awarded.