• Apply To Pitch

    TechSparks CONNECT Pitchfest is an early-stage pitchfest for startups based in the Greater Los Angeles area. For more information, click here.

  • Timeline

    Here's what you can expect.


    October 1

    Deadline to apply


    October 7

    Selected presenters will be notified


    October 16

    The day you pitch!

  • About the Event

    CONNECT with the best of Pasadena's startup ecosystem! TechSparks CONNECT Pitchfest will bring together some of the most promising early-stage startups in Pasadena with our active network of angel and early-stage investors.


    This is an Innovate Pasadena CONNECT Week event.


    We'll be showcasing early-stage startup companies:

    • 3-4 investment-ready startups will be selected to give a 5-minute presentation
    • 3 additional startups will be invited to give a 30-second pitch
    Our "Spark Tank" panel of active local early-stage investors will decide which startup deserves the Grand Prize of over $30k in free services from TechSparks and other local service providers.

    Selection Criteria

    Companies will be selected by the TechSparks team based on:

    • Fundraising Stage: This is an early-stage pitchfest for startups based in the Greater Los Angeles area. Companies should be pre-Series A and planning to fundraise within the next 12 months.
    • Quality of Materials: Companies should have an investor presentation that is ready to go with some modifications to meet the 5-minute time limit.
    • Traction: Companies will be evaluated based on their traction to-date.
    • Technology: Companies with more unique applications of tech will be prioritized.
    • Investors' Thesis: We will consider whether a startup fits in our Spark Tank judges' investment thesis.
    • Diversity: TechSparks is committed to amplifying underrepresented founders. POC and female founders receive priority in our selection process. This does not mean that only underrepresented founders are qualified, but that when comparing two potential presenters who otherwise meet all the above criteria equally, we would bump up the underrepresented founder.
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