Humankind Pharma wins the Inaugural Elevation Pitch Competition
The first steps of starting a company can be the hardest - especially taking that initial leap to try and make something out of your business idea. That’s why Founder Institute Colorado and Bold Legal launched Elevation Pitch this Spring: a community-driven elevator pitch competition that aimed to inspire and empower dreamers in the Mountain West Region to improve their business ideas, and start putting them into action.
This free competition was open to anyone with a startup idea (or startup with <$10K in funding or revenue), attracting over 300 ttend
This inaugural pitch event series attracted 320+ attendees across the events, and 70+ applications from 4 different U.S. states.
While there were many great applications, in the end we narrowed the list down to 5 finalists, and one winner was selected by audience vote on the final demo day to receive $2000 cash and mentorship from a long list of supporting partners.
Humankind Pharma is developing a low cost, stable, prefilled insulin syringe to increase the accessibility of insulin injections to diabetics in resource-constrained communities. Insulin is a life-dependent medication for all diabetics, and yet 100 years after its discovery, it is still not reliably accessible to half of the people worldwide whose lives depend on it. Humandkind Pharma, based out of Broomfield, Colorado, is looking to change that.
Romi Genosar is the founder and CEO of Humankind Pharma and an inventor of its patents. Humankind’s mission is personal for Romi, as her commitment to serving the global diabetes community was prompted by her own type 1 diabetes diagnosis at age 11. Romi is an avid learner and doer: while developing Humankind Pharma, she is also earning her cell biology degree.
I am very honored to be selected from a great group of entrepreneurs – it is very encouraging. I enjoyed the process and the event, and I am looking forward to continuing to grow Humankind with the support of FI’s extensive network.
What's the next step for Humandkind Pharma?
I am looking to raise seed funding of $200,000 to complete critical milestones before a Series A round that would get our first product to FDA approval."
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Elevation Pitch, by FI Colorado and Bold Legal, is a community-driven elevator pitch competition that aims to inspire and empower dreamers in the Mountain West Region to improve their business ideas, and start putting them into action. Anyone with an idea (or startup with <$10K in funding or revenue) can apply and get access to free resources and workshops to improve their pitch - including free online workshops. Then, the best pitches will have the opportunity to compete in a live online Demo Day where the winner gets cash and other resources to build out their idea.