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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.

Apply to the El Paso Día de los Muertos Pitch Competition today. The application will close on October 5, 2021.

Please click the Apply button below.

Judge Announcements

We are happy to announce our judges for this year’s pitch competition!

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. 

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.

Emma W. Schwartz

Emma is a general partner of the Ecotone Fund, an early-stage seed fund in El Paso, and the President of the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation, a non-profit organization that drives the vision for positioning the Paso del Norte region as the premier center of health delivery, medical education and biomedical research for military, border and Hispanic populations.

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!

Join Us Saturday, November 6, 2021

The El Paso Día de los Muertos Pitch Competition, coming November 5-6, is an event to celebrate the startups in the El Paso entrepreneurial community, connect regional companies to national investors, and inspire the next wave of entrepreneurs in the region. Ten companies will be selected from a pool of applicants to pitch their businesses in front of established investor judges for chances to win cash, mentor support, office space, and other prizes. The application is open now and closes October 5, 2021.  Announcements about prizes and judges will be posted via Twitter at @ElPasoPitch.

If you would like to attend and watch startups pitch, please click the attend button below to hold your spot to attend.

We are excited to announce Paul Foster, decorated El Paso businessman and CEO of Franklin Mountain Investments, as a judge of the #ElPasoPitch! Thank you for your dedication to the regional startup ecosystem!

Introducing Joshua Hunt of the Hunt Companies as a judge of the #ElPasoPitch! Thank you to Josh and the #HuntCompanies for your continual support of the El Paso business community.

We’re happy to feature El Paso’s own, Emma Wollschlager Schwartz, as a judge for the #ElPasoPitch! Thank you for your commitment to the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem! @MCAFoundation

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2019 Inaugural Día de los Muertos

Photos from 2019

Contact Us

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