Programs

What's Your Pitch:
Innovations Meet the Marketplace

Are you an entrepreneur with a unique business idea, product or service? Are you an investor looking for the next great thing to invest in? Are you a corporate buyer looking for an innovative product or service? If so, this program is just for you!

Pitch 2017

Winners will receive:

  • $15,000 Total Cash Prizes
  • One-On-One Prescheduled Meetings with C-Suite Executives
  • Opportunity to Connect with Angel Investors
  • Access to Additional Start-Up Funds (via letter of intent from group of investors)
  • Elimination and Final Round: May 31, 2018

Applying

The deadline to apply is April 29, 2018.

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2017 Winners and Committee Members

ScholarJet Wins Attention of Potential Investors from Silicon Valley, New York, and Texas

Learn more about how taking first place in last year's competition helped ScholarJet break out and capture the interest of investors.

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Judges 2018

Mike Duke

Mike Duke

Senior Vice President, Chief Innovation Architect

Wells Fargo

Mike Duke

Senior Vice President, Chief Innovation Architect
Wells Fargo

A Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Architect, Mike shares hundreds of patents with Wells Fargo and is responsible for the continued growth of both Wells Fargo’s innovative culture and educational programs focused on “Diversity of Thought” delivery.

  • Honored as one of “American Banker’s Top 25 Innovators of the Year, 2009.”
  • Recently featured at www.InnovationLeader.com
  • Executive Co-Chair of The Innovator’s Club (a Wells Fargo community of Practice over 10,000 strong from LOB and IT worlds)
  • Featured speaker at Ford, Laureal, BP, and many others.
  • At home - Goat Farmer and Drone enthusiast.
  • Favorite Drink - Apple Martini with 2 olives.

Mike advises technology and line-of-business teams across the company and beyond on the alignment of results-driven innovative styles.

With an MBA from Wingate University and a B.S. in Computer Science, Mike brings a unique, humanistic perspective to innovation delivery.

Steve Hagood

Steve Hagood

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Ingersoll Rand

Steve Hagood

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Ingersoll Rand

Steve Hagood is senior vice president and chief information officer at Ingersoll Rand and a member of the company’s Enterprise Leadership Team.

Steve leads the company’s global information technology (IT) organization and is responsible for the development and execution of Ingersoll Rand’s information technology strategies, including enterprise technology infrastructure, information security, and business IT solutions.

Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, Steve spent 19 years with the Goodrich Corporation, most recently as the company’s vice president and chief information officer. With more than 30 years of experience, he has held multiple executive and financial leadership roles in the aerospace and defense, manufacturing and service industries.

Steve currently chairs the Charlotte CIO Executive Summit and previously served as the chair of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce IT Summit. He is a past director and Board Chair of Apparo, a Charlotte-based nonprofit organization, and a prior director for the Charlotte Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Technology Advisory Board.

Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal as ‘CIO of the Year’ in 2014.

Guru Vasudeva

Guru (Guruprasad) Vasudeva

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer Prog & App Services

Nationwide Insurance

Guru (Guruprasad) Vasudeva

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer Prog & App Services
Nationwide Insurance

Dan Woolley

Dan Woolley

Founder and Managing Partner

Ponderosa Management Group

Dan Woolley

Founder and Managing Partner
Ponderosa Management Group

Dan is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Ponderosa Management Group and former General Partner and co-founder of MACH37, the nation’s leading cyber security accelerator. Over the four years Dan and his partners Rick Gordon and Bob Stratton led MACH37, the team successfully identified and funded more than 46 next generation cyber security companies. A 40-year cyber security veteran, he has been involved in startup teams, successful IPO’s and acquisitions of companies he has led. Dan’s experience crosses software, hardware and global cyber-security services companies as well as driving global strategic alliances for Fortune 500 companies like CA and Dell spanning companies such as Microsoft, Intel, SAP, Oracle, SalesForce, Citrix, and BMC. Currently, Dan is engaged with several cyber security accelerator programs and early and growth stage companies in Taiwan and the US. In addition, he works with “The Smart Cites Actuator”, is a regular “judge” on the AFCEA Cyber Security Shark Tank program and is engaged with Mid Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) creating greater ties between corporations consuming new technology, investors and the east coast entrepreneurial ecosystem. Dan has testified before the US Congress on threats to the US corporate infrastructure and is regularly asked to speak on the threats to corporate America and the evolving security industry. Most recently he was the keynote speaker at “Invest Augusta” where a vibrant cyber security community is emerging.