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On June 14, 2023, Founder Institute and HubSpot for Startups hosted a global pitching event featuring five up-and-coming pre-seed startup companies. Founder ShowcaseSilicon Valley's leading startup pitch conference, attracted more than 1000 entrepreneurs, investors and tech execs from around the world who registered to join the virtual networking event. 

We were pleased to welcome to the Founder Showcase stage Kelsey Aina from HubSpot for Startups. She then got joined by our special Keynote Gary Amaral, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer at Breadcrumbs, who shared what mistakes he has made in building his startup and gave valuable advice on how to avoid them. Watch Kelsey and Gary in their opening interview with FI's Head of Global Operations Ryan Micheletti.

This Founder Showcase event featured pitches of five fast-growing international pre-seed stage companies. Previous startups of the Founder Showcase event have gone on to raise more than $1.5+ billion in funding, and include industry titans like Udemy, Relay Rides, Thumbtack, Realty Mogul, Kaggle, and many more.

The following five companies were chosen to pitch from hundreds of startup applicants around the world, because all are showing impressive early-stage traction. Watch the founder pitches + Kelsey and Gary's Q&As from the June 2023 Founder Showcase event, linked below: 

F3TCH - Co-Founder & CEO Jose Quiros

F3TCH, a patented mobile application located in Wilmington, NC, helps hotels enhance their on-property guest communications, thereby improving on-premise sales & better guest satisfaction.

Humaxa - CEO & Co-founder Carolyn Peer

Humaxa, based in Cameron Park, California, is a Generative AI platform that helps the Automotive Industry get vehicles to market 2+ months faster by eliminating the need to search and write reports.

Bambinista - Founder & CEO Susan Daker

Bambinista, based in London UK, is a e-commerce, marketplace and physical baby goods retailer that helps new and future parents find the best brands of baby and nursery products.

CyrclCo-founder & CEO Enriko Marinov

Cyrcl, based in Sofia, is a shared micromobility service that helps people, aged 25-45, who seek an alternative way of moving around, get quickly and conveniently anywhere in the city.

Electric Sheep - CEO Gary Palmer 

Electric Sheep, based in London, is an AI-powered technology that enables artists tell stories through creative, stunning, and impactful visual effects.

About the Keynote Speaker

Gary Amaral brings over 15 years of experience working with clients and employers in SaaS/Tech, Financial Services, Retail, Pharma, and more. He is passionate about genuinely integrated marketing strategy and execution. In the past 3 years, Gary has been busy building, Enterprise-Grade Lead Scoring for Everyone. Breadcrumbs is venture-backed and a Y Combinator company.

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In addition to his own entrepreneurial journey, Gary has enjoyed supporting other entrepreneurs as an advisor and an angel investor in over 30 companies. 

About HubSpot for Startups

HubSpot for Startups empowers startups to achieve unprecedented growth and accelerate scaling with a startup-friendly pricing plan of up to 90% off on essential tools needed to boost lead generation, supercharge sales, and streamline customer service. With the HubSpot Growth Platform, startups can leverage world-class software, cutting-edge educational resources, and powerful integrations to acquire and retain more customers than ever before.  Learn more about HubSpot for Startups here.

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The Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley’s leading international startup pitch event, helping seed-stage startups learn, launch, and connect to investors. On this free online event you can watch presentations from promising pre-seed startups from across the globe, and learn from world-leading venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. In addition, there are several networking sessions to connect with others.

Since 2008, speakers like Elon Musk and startups like Udemy and Thumbtack have presented on our stage.

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