Crowdfunded Pitch Night

Artists! entrepreneurs! Community leaders! Launch your business or project and help others follow their dreams. The community comes out for an adrenaline filled night of innovative ideas with a crowdfunded prize

The 5th Annual Crowdfunded Pitch Night is hosted with the i.Lab at UVA. Ten local entrepreneurs, artists, and nonprofits pitch to a live audience willing to pledge funds for their favorite contestant. It’s a three minute chance to share your vision with the community and inspire the crowd to action!

The winner can take the crowdfunded prize or a spot in the i.Lab at UVA accelerator program (which includes a $5,000 expense budget provided by the Batten Institute at UVA’s Darden School of Business). The Community Investment Collaborative will invite one runner-up to join their 2016 class.


2016 Contestants: 

  1. CloudGrow – Alan Wei- Imagine being able to grow anything you want anywhere you want, with the touch of a button. CloudGrow lets you tap into a worldwide community of growers.
  2. Precious Cargo Specialized Transport, LLC – Monica Green – A private transportation company geared to help members of the community that require a unique traveling experience.
  3. The Post Institute – David Durovy – A publisher of love based family-centered training material for parents and professionals with adopted, foster and diagnosed children in their care offers a unique approach to parenting difficult children.
  4. Eco Urban Society – Tamara Green – Caring for the environment can be as easy as carrying one of our bags. Our bags are made from fabric sourced from recycled products such as water bottles and food service trays.
  5. The Virginia Entrepreneur – Becky Blanton – An online magazine devoted to small businesses and entrepreneurship in Virginia that offers a place for entrepreneurs to learn from other entrepreneurs and connect the small business community.
  6. Liberation Kilt Co – Giles Jackson – These kilts’ iconic tartan textiles symbolize social causes with 20% of proceeds go to NGOs. We make the official tartan of the United Nations Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking.
  7. Seniors Connect – Leela Ghaemmaghami & Clara Duffy – Seniors Connect aims to increase technology proficiency and use among the older citizens of Charlottesville. We achieve this goal through tutoring, setting up and troubleshooting computers.
  8. Home Stadiums – Scott Goss – Out-of-town sports fans have the ultimate solution for not being able to attend their favorite team’s games in person from week to week. We change their favorite room (be it a man-cave, rec. room or den) into their team’s stadium and provide fans a life sized first-person view.
  9. Little Planets – Ewa Harr – We create nature-inspired and eco-friendly baby and children’s playspaces and playscapes at festivals and live events, offering parents, a fun, safe, and beautiful experience.
  10. The Kitchen Network – Ian Pasquarelli – The Kitchen Network fosters the shared- use economy in assisting small food entrepreneurs to overcome the barriers of starting a small business and to create opportunities for their future success.


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