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TechSparks Connect Pitchfest 2019

By Jennifer Chang

Since 2013, TechSparks has been hosting events to bring together the local startup ecosystem to spark new ventures and collaborations. Our events bring together entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, and early adopters to share ideas and beer. In 2014, TechSparks was one of the first Innovate Pasadena Collaborators to participate in the first ever Connect Week, a week of events and festivities to connect the local innovation ecosystem. While it's a lot of work to put together these events, we're proud of the community we've built and to see Connect Week get better and bigger every year we do it.

Our most recent event, the TechSparks Connect Pitchfest, brought out over 80 attendees from across the Los Angeles area. We had over 40 companies apply to pitch, and ultimately selected 7 startups to showcase. We had 4 early-stage investors participated in the judging. The entire event was made possible thanks to our team at TechSparks, along with our service provider sponsors - TroyGould Attorneys and The1stMovement Digital Agency.

Check out some of these photos from TechSparks Connect Week 2019:

(Photo Credit: Sam Garcia, Workroom Marketing)

Welcome to TechSparks! MC Joey Foldi starts the festivities.

Packed house at Cross Campus Pasadena. Thank you to our hosts at Cross Campus, which IMO is the best coworking space in Southern California.

BabyLiveAdvice aims to support and partner with providers and organizations to reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality by providing virtual (telehealth) prenatal and postnatal education, lactation, and mental health support.

DeepSport is applying AI to Fantasy Sports.

<!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}-->ButterFLi created an on-demand and scheduled-assisted transportation for anyone with a barrier to mobility using our technology platform and exceptional customer service. We are B2B in healthcare, municipal, government.B2C app coming in 2020. *Audience Choice Winner*

<!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}-->efyian is a seed stage medical diagnostics company that aims to bring the lab to the patient by developing a portable, affordable, and easy to use device for healthcare providers to rapidly and accurately diagnose infectious diseases.

<!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}-->Challengr is a Challenge Based Dating platform for iOS and Android.

<!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}-->N.Gale is a platform and interface connecting women to health experts who can provide them access to birth control, personalized treatment plans, educational content, podcast, and community support.

<!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}-->PICKL gives Instant Visibility to Brands & Retailers to see their products in grocery stores. Anything they want to see + any store, within 24hrs powered by grocery shoppers. *Grand Prize Winner*

The Spark Tank: (left to right) Nick Wu (N3xtcon), Mike Giardello (Mount Wilson Ventures), Jay Goss (Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health), and Susan Marki (Pasadena Angels).

Future TechSparks pitch winner: Apex (aka T's son)

TechSparks Team (left to right): Joey Foldi, Preeti Narang, Tyrone Howard (+ Apex), Jennifer Chang, Malcolm Watt, Sonya Lee, and Sam Garcia.

And we're DONE! See you at Connect Week 2020!

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