The Return to Face-to-Face TCNewTech Pitch and Networking

TCNewTech’s Pitch Selection Committee has identified five startups to compete on Tuesday, July 6th, at City Opera House in downtown Traverse City. Yes, you read that right! We are ecstatic to announce that this month’s – and months following – pitch events will be returning to in-person networking! After 15 virtual events spanning from April 2020 – June 2021, the long-anticipated return to live face-to-face networking has arrived. 

“We’re so happy to get back to in-person events. Anyone who has attended in the past knows that TCNewTech is Traverse City’s highest value networking event. We can’t wait to see the regulars, along with all of the new faces.”

—Kelly Ignace, TCNewTech Board President

Five startups will be pitching to compete for the $500 prize provided by Pitch Prize Sponsor DGN Advisory. Each company will have five minutes to present their emerging business to a hybrid,   in-person and online audience of investors, city and government stakeholders, local tech professionals, media, and fellow entrepreneurs in TCNewTech’s July event. The audience is encouraged to register in advance on EventBrite.

Here is a rundown of the presenters for Tuesday, July 6th:

Marshall Downs of Sitedropp, an on-demand delivery service for the construction and home improvement industry, is based in Benton Harbor, Michigan and will present his concept.

Theresa Smith of Ola Filter Corporation is seeking seed funding for an easy-to-use, ultra-affordable water filter that uses proven ultrafiltration technology to remove bacterial contamination from drinking water. Ola Filter Corporation is a women-founded, triple bottom line social business focused on people, the planet, and sustainability. They have roots in Ann Arbor, MI, Bend, Or, & San Marcos, Guatemala.

Philip A. Hallstedt of Northport, Michigan will present Getcharged.com. The Get Charged Company is committed to providing customers with access to the latest cleantech products. With the goal of creating a more sustainable future that is less dependent on fossil fuel, they work to identify market needs and collaborates with the industry leaders to provide end-to-end service for their customers. They are seeking seed funding to further their mission.

Steven Lenon of  Vert9 Company which has a mission to make drone capabilities accessible and financially possible for everyone by making drones modular and modifiable for the everyday consumer. Additionally, they are building a network of drones for industrial use. This Midland, Michigan based company is looking for their first round of investments.

Joe Gleason of genusConnect, a content delivery and engagement platform for the health care market, will allow the audience the ability to experience their technology in real-time during the event. The genusConnect platform is designed to connect care partners, families, and community resources to improve health outcomes. 

After the presentations, the audience will vote via text for the company they feel gave the best presentation! The event will start at 5:30 pm, with networking and a cash bar before the pitches begin. Pitches commence at 6:00 pm, with voting occurring at its conclusion at 7:00 pm. All will enjoy more networking after the presentations, followed by a stop at The WorkShop Brewing Company.

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