An awesome pool of over 200 judges donated their time (1,000+ hours!) and lended their expertise this at this year's round 2 judging to give startups constructive and in-depth feedback on their pitches. These judges helped us craft an investor-pitch, board-room-type atmosphere that not only gives entrepreneurs the experience they need to thrive in the innovation community, but also gives these semi-finalists a taste of what the summer would look like if they are accepted!
In order to keep things on track, we even created a platform to monitor how each panel was doing! Furthermore, we recruited enthusastic proctor volunteers to keep time and make sure the startups felt welcome and comfortable.
None of this would have been possible though without the tireless dedication of the round 2 judging team.
From sacrificing countless hours of sleep to review processes and secure proper pitch times for the 350 startups, to skipping many meals in order to replenish food and drink in all of the conference rooms, our round 2 judging team truly demonstrated the dedication it takes to help entrepreneurs win!
A huge thanks goes out to Fish and Richardson
for letting us use their beautiful offices during round 2!