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STARTUP PITCH COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

El Paso, TX – On Saturday, November 6th ten startup entrepreneurs from El Paso and New Mexico pitched their businesses for an opportunity to win $200,000 in prizes. 

Upon completion of the competition, a group of six established investor judges chose the top three winners of the event. Each company received a $250 stipend to participate.

First Place: Champria (Zeke Chavez) is a web platform that allows grassroots esports/gaming programs to have a data-backed organized environment for teams/players to recruit top talent, practice against skill-relevant teams, and compete in community-based tournaments.

$15,000 cash and prizes including:

1 Year office space at Pioneers 21

New Mexico Angels entrepreneurship membership

Interview on Techquila podcast

UTEP mentorship services & podcast interview 

Custom Paracho guitar from Audaz Capital

Second Place: Parabeac (Ivan Huerta) is a software company that offers a continuous design/integration conversion tool that makes it easy for both designers and developers to launch software products.


$10,000 cash and prizes including:

1 Year Incubation at Pioneers 21  (office space not include)

6 Months of office space at STTE Foundation

Blanco Ordoñez Mata & Wechsler, P.C. – $1,500 in legal services

Custom Paracho guitar from Audaz Capital

Opportunity to present to the New Mexico Angels in December 

Third Place: ORC Tech LLC (Andrea Garcia and John Chavez) is a technology development company that is currently developing a portable, wireless signal booster.

$5,000 cash and prizes including:

6 Months of office space at STTE Foundation

UTEP mentorship services & podcast interview

Kemp Smith Law – $5,000 in legal services

Opportunity to present to the New Mexico Angels in April 2022

“We are looking forward to witnessing what transpires with the startups that pitched at Día de los Muertos and how providing a platform to access capital spurs our region’s economic development.” Joseph Sapien, STTE Executive Director.

“Events like this signal to the rest of the country that investors should look at the promising startups that are building solid companies in underrepresented investment markets like El Paso.” Jeff Villalobos, Senior Attorney at Vela Wood PC and organizer of the El Paso Día de los Muertos Pitch Competition. 

The competition, led by STTE Foundation in collaboration with various funding organizations, was created as an event to celebrate startups throughout El Paso’s entrepreneurial community and beyond. Organizers see the contest as an opportunity to connect regional companies with national investors while simultaneously inspiring the next wave of regional entrepreneurs.

First Place: Champria (Zeke Chavez) is a web platform that allows grassroots esports/gaming programs to have a data-backed organized environment for teams/players to recruit top talent, practice against skill-relevant teams, and compete in community-based tournaments.

Second Place: Parabeac (Ivan Huerta) is a software company that offers a continuous design/integration conversion tool that makes it easy for both designers and developers to launch software products.

 

Third Place: ORC Tech LLC (Andrea Garcia and John Chavez) is a technology development company that is currently developing a portable, wireless signal booster.

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Thank you to all who shared in this wonderful event to celebrate, connect, and inspire the El Paso and New Mexico startup ecosystem! #ElPasoPitch https://youtu.be/7Vsl5cbx4fY.

🤩 It's energizing to see an ecosystem committeed to supporting its incredible founders. Thx @ElPasoPitch fam & congrats @Champria1 on winning!

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Congrats to our El Paso Día de los Muertos Pitch Competition winners 🚀🙌

1st place $15,000: @Champria1
2nd place $10,000: @Parabeac
3rd place $5,000k: ORC Tech

#ElPasoPitch #ElPaso #Entrepreneurship @STTEFoundation @BeHIPGive

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We know how to connect startups with capital

We want to make the El Paso Día de los Muertos Pitch Competition the best competition for founders. Here is what makes us different:

We focus on our goals. Our goals are to celebrate, connect, and inspire. We celebrate our budding ecosystem. We connect companies with national investors to increase access to venture activity. We aim to inspire new startups in the region to take the leap to start their own business.

We value our founders. Founders typically don’t pay themselves with the limited resources they have and will be taking time off from their startup to pitch. We will provide each founder with $250 for their time. Don’t pay to pitch, get paid to pitch.

We will increase access to capital. Each of our judges are fund representatives or angels and each have the ability to cut a check. In an region where venture activity is light, it is important to bring outside capital to introduce them to the region’s best and brightest.

We focus on the networking. Finding a startup-investor match is tough. Investors back less than 1% of the companies that pitch them. We bring together a community to network and share experiences to increase the likelihood of an intro to funding.

Startups That Pitched

1st Place: Champria (Albuquerque, NM) is a web platform that allows grassroots esports/gaming programs to have a data-backed organized environment for teams/players to recruit top talent, practice against skill-relevant teams, and compete in community-based tournaments.

2nd Place Winner: Parabeac (El Paso, TX) is a software company that offers a continuous design/continuous integration conversion tool that makes it easy for both designers & developers to launch software products.

3rd Place Winner: ORC Tech (Ohkay Owingeh, NM) is a technology development company that is currently developing a portable, wireless signal booster.

BREX Elevator Pitch Winner: TNeuroPharma (Albuquerque, NM) is developing a biomarker that identifies Alzheimer’s patients before brain damage has occurred.

 

PainScan (Albuquerque, NM) is a bio-medical platform that maps pain intensity onto a Digital Twin using a custom 3D avatar. 

Mercaíz (El Paso, TX) is a digital marketplace created to empower and educate underrepresented artisans in Mexico to showcase and sell their work at a larger scale.

Oxy-Fit (El Paso, TX) is a medical product company that created the first wireless ear pulse oximeter device that measures oxygen saturation of body tissue, heart rate, pulse rate, pulse rhythm, trends and apnea.

Pantheon (El Paso, TX) created a mobile, augmented reality, social fitness game that rewards people for being more active.

Metalx Biocycle (El Paso, TX) created a process that leverages biological functions of naturally-occurring microorganisms to efficiently extract, concentrate, and purify metals from waste electronics to make e-waste recycling economically viable and competitive.

ThyroidHQ (El Paso, TX) offers a platform for personalized thyroid function testing to drive better health outcomes for people living with hypothyroidism.

Judges

Thank you to all the judges!

Carlton J. Charles

Carlton is Senior VP, Treasury and Risk Management for Hearst, serves on the Hearst Board of Directors, and is on the Board of Advisors of Hearst Labs, Hearst’s accelerator for early-stage, women-led companies. Carlton recently helped launch Level Up Ventures for Hearst, which is an incubator and investor for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs.

Paul Foster

Paul is the founder and CEO of Franklin Mountain Investments, founder and former Executive Chairman of Western Refining Company, former Chairman of Western Refining Logistics, and also serves on the board of several Franklin Mountain Investments portfolio companies,  Jordan Foster Construction, Vomaris Innovations, WestStar Bank, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Baylor College of Medicine. 

Shayna Harris

Shayna Harris is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Supply Change Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in the future of food. Shayna serves on numerous boards in the food tech space, and she is a contributing writer for Forbes. She is also the Co-Founder of The New American Table, a coalition that convenes the next generation of iconic food and technology brands in inclusive, paradigm-shifting collaborations to increase representation on shelf and in the value chain. 

Joshua Hunt

Josh is Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors for Hunt Companies, Inc., President of the Hunt Family Foundation, and Chairman and CEO of MountainStar Sports Group. In addition to his duties at Hunt Companies, Mr. Hunt serves on numerous other civic, non-profit, and professional boards.

Lolita Taub

Lolita is Corporate Development VP at Catalyte and a Scout at Lightspeed Venture Partners, where she invests in community-driven companies. Lolita is also a Co-Founder of the Startup-Investor Matching Tool, the GP-LP Matching Tool, and LaaS!

Drew Tulchin

Drew is the President of the New Mexico Angels and is very active with New Mexico start-ups. He has contributed to 100+ business plans and has generated over $300 million in investment and 1,000s of jobs. Notable work includes roles to help grow Meow Wolf, Build with Robots, Electric Playhouse, and Parting Stone!

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the event please email ElPasoPitch@gmail.com

Call 915.240.5571