The Founder Showcase (FounderShowcase.com) is Silicon Valley’s leading international startup pitch event, helping seed-stage startups learn, launch, and connect to investors.
The next event takes place on April 28th, and we have confirmed a distinguished panel of investors who will critique pitches and provide feedback to the 10 international startups that will present. These investors represent some of the most forward thinking and international investors from across the globe:
Startup Haven Ventures
Bob Crimmins is a serial entrepreneur, frequent angel investor, and Founder/ Chief Instigator of the popular startup founder and investor network, Startup Haven. Startup Haven currently operates in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. Bob has founded or co-founded four venture-backed companies, including MoonTango, a personal care products shopping experience dedicated to the needs of women, iMedExchange, a value-add online social network exclusively for physicians. Bob is an active participant and organizer in the Seattle startup community and serves as a mentor to many accelerator programs, including Techstars, Alchemist, 9Mile Labs and others.
Nancy Brito is the General Partner of Semeia Ventures, a Venture Capital based in Lisbon, Portugal and invests in Europe. She is a mentor in various ecosystems: Portugal, Spain, Italy, UK and Canada. In the last 10 years, she has raised early stage capital and helped with the scaling of more than 20 new businesses. Previous to Semeia Ventures, Nancy was a serial entrepreneur of 4 Tech Startups based in Lisbon with 2 exits and was an In-house Entrepreneur for the Portuguese Pharmacies eCommerce project that represented a $1 billion market. She studied computer science from University of Toronto, Canada and got an executive MBA from AESE/IESE University of Navarra, Spain.
Sidney N. Nakahodo
Sidney N. Nakahodo is a leading authority in space investment and entrepreneurship. He is the founder and General Partner of Seldor Capital, a Venture Capital firm based in New York City that focuses on space technologies. He is a faculty member of Columbia University and was a fellow of Singularity University, in Silicon Valley, currently serving as the SU New York City Chapter co-ambassador. Sidney has been a cofounder of the New York Space Alliance (NYSA) and founder and adviser to multiple space startups. Previously he worked with public policy, private sector development, and carbon finance at the World Bank. He holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a B. Eng. in Materials Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil).
Impact Angel Investor
Zécca Lehn is an Angel Investor based in California, who backs US impact-focused startups in both Social and Sustainable Tech—using multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guidepost per investment. Over the past 15+ years, he has worked as an Environmental Economist, Data Scientist, Non-Profit Board Member, and CoFounder. He grew up in an off-the-grid home, on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest, in a Japanese inspired home. Through his world travels and living in Scandinavia during his early 20’s, he discovered a deep love for people, planet, and diverse cultures. For the past couple years, he has produced the podcast posi2ive, on Venture Scale Positive Impacts. He also leads regular community panels on Clubhouse– for posi2ive’s current community base of 3k+ members.
Join hundreds of other entrepreneurs, investors, media and tech executives to watch pitches from up-and-coming companies across the globe at Silicon Valley's leading international startup pitch event!
Since 2009 the Founder Showcase has helped pre-seed startups learn, launch, and connect to investors. Past Keynote Speakers include the likes of Elon Musk, Naval Ravikant, Rebecca Enonchong, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks, Phil Libin, Keith Rabois, Chris Dixon, Kevin Rose… and the list goes on.
A short-list of startups that did one of their first public pitches on the Founder Showcase stage include Udemy, Relay Rides, Thumbtack, Realty Mogul, Kaggle, and many more. In fact, previous Founder Showcase companies have raised over $1.5 billion in funding.
Investors, media, executives, entrepreneurs, and anyone else interested in seeing pitches from the companies you will read about tomorrow are welcome to RSVP to the event for free and join us on Wednesday, April 28th. The event will also includes several online networking sessions to connect with other entrepreneur attendees from across the globe - we hope to see you there!