Pitch Lab Invades Startup Denver’s Pitch Battle @ The Garage

The Garage, Arapahoe Street, downtown Denver  

STARTUPS

Brian Timmons, Topbox (1st place winner)
Devin Eldridge, Stow.io
Cameron Smith, Squirrel Box Storage
William Loopesko, GoPawsible

JUDGES

Anthony Franco, CEO of McSquares and Investor
Cory Finney, Boomtown Boulder

OUR FAVORITE PART

Mike Kilcoyne, Co-Founder of Startup Denver, invited Pitch Lab to participate in Pitch Battle in a most Nathan For You kind of way. He asked if Tommy Y (veteran comic and Pitch Lab delivery coach) would join their stellar lineup as a ringer.

Of course we were totally on-board, and Tommy played the part of a zoo-advocate turned entrepreneur pitching his latest development, Growl Energy Drinks for Zoo Animals

Tommy was the third presenter of the evening and masterfully argued that hopping zoo animals up on his all-natural, organic energy drinks would make zoos more exciting and better equipped to compete for the beloved family-entertainment dollar. 

The audience wasn’t in on the joke, and clearly confused at first, but about half way through the pitch when Tommy explained Growl comes in 2 great flavors: Carnivore & Herbivore, the laughs began. Tommy crushed it and had the crowd roaring by the end. 

During investor Q&A Tommy was asked how he got the idea for Growl Energy Drinks. He admitted he was up way too late one night watching documentary about koalas getting drunk off of expired figs when inspiration struck! 

The Mastermind behind the event

The Mastermind behind the event

BIG THANKS TO STARTUP DENVER

We had a blast at Pitch Battle, combining the seemingly disparate worlds of comedy and business to help the Denver start-up community find its funny. 

Catch the next Pitch Battle by joining Startup Denver on Meetup

Or if you are an entrepreneur that wants to pitch your startup, sign up here 

*And thank you to Jim Darling for taking these dope photos!

Rx Windshields @ Galvanize – Platte St.

Our Topic

Our Favorite Part

JD Lopez, comedian & producer of Left Hand, Right Brain Podcast played the part of an optometrist entrepreneur and taught us that sometimes the difference between a loser (Clark Kent) and a hero (Superman) is merely a pair of glasses. Hence the unbridled powers of his “prescription windshields” business plan! 

After his mock pitch, JD opened up about vulnerability on stage an acknowledged that some things that take away from your performance can’t be controlled. What can be controlled is how you react to them.

JD then spoke to the necessity of sticking to your guns during a set/pitch and the importance of keep moving forward with confidence no matter what, because with patience your material will eventually get the audience back on your side. 

WHAT FOLKS SAID

First-timer Gregory Hernandez, Author & Speaker, stopped by the show and shared his thoughts on our event and the realization that as a leader or sales professional you are on stage and life is a constant audition.

Read his writeup, Send in the Clowns by clicking here. 

What We Learned

20 Ways to Improve Your Presentation Skills

BIG THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Ratio Beerworks: Our fans appreciate you almost more than we do! 

Why Pitches Fall Apart & 5 Tips To Make Sure Yours Doesn't @ General Assembly!

OUR TOPIC

Storytelling Workshop: Why Pitches Fall Apart & 5 Tips To Make Sure Yours Doesn’t

OUR INSTRUCTOR

Led by storytelling expert, Tim Shisler, who works with a number of accelerator programs including Techstars Boulder, Galvanize, Travelport Labs and Catalyze CU. 

Tim's professional speaking experience includes TEDxBoulder, Ignite Boulder, Society of American Travel Writers Global Convention and TBEX workshops.

WHAT WE LEARNED

Great pitches, the ones that lead to action, are constructed in a way that brings together the human need to ‘fight or flight’, with an actionable solution.

We dove into the science of storytelling and why the hero's journey is more than just a Hollywood structure:

TAKEAWAYS

  • A storytelling framework to understand why stories work and how to improve yours
  • Techniques on how to quickly connect and form a trusting relationship with audiences
  • Actionable feedback on how to improve your delivery and room command

 

Energy Drinks for Zoo Animals @ Galvanize – Golden Triangle

Jay Mays kicking the night off

Jay Mays kicking the night off

Our Topic

Energy drinks for zoo animals.

OUR FAVORITE PART

Daniel Reskin, stand up comedian and producer Casa De Haha, played the part of an animal-loving zoo advocate and entrepreneur pitching his all-natural energy drink for zoo animals.

After his killer pitch we opened up audience Q&A and the discussion quickly turned to tips on preventing nerves before a big show.

Daniel pointed out that anxiety and fear are not the enemy and are actually a powerful tool to be used on stage to give you an edge. He reminded us of the quote,

it’s not about getting rid of the butterflies but getting them to fly in formation.
— Daniel Reskin

What Folks Said

I was nervous going into my presentation at Pitch Lab because I’d never been a part of anything like this, but the experience was both fun and encouraging. The instructions about how to prepare were clear, the audience was friendly, and the professionals providing critique were genuinely interested in helping me become a better public speaker. Pitch Lab somehow created an enjoyable way to practice public speaking.
— Jackie, Whole Foods Team Member
Most of us rarely get to practice public speaking, let alone actually get good at it! Pitch Lab literally gave me the opportunity to give a pitch to a panel of professionals and a listening audience who gave me valuable feedback on what I did well and what I could do to improve. Thanks to the Pitch Lab team for putting together such a wonderful experience!
— Christian, Co-founder Highlanders Toastmasters Club

WHAT WE LEARNED

10 Lessons from Standup Comedy to Make You a Better Speaker

Big Thanks to Our Sponsors

We’re proud to partner with General Assembly for our first interactive Storytelling Workshop on November 14, 2016: Why Pitches Fail & 5 Tips To Make Sure Yours Doesn’t


And also…
Galvanize
321 Media Productions
OpsAnaliticia
Universal Mind
Mozman Sales Consulting

3D Cheese Printers @ Galvanize – Platte St.

Our Topic

3D Cheese Printers

Our Favorite Part

Galvanize students, Allen Lane and Tyler opened strong, then comedian Ian Douglas Terry, producer of Lucha Libre & Laughs, closed out the show with a bang!

Ian played the part of a cheese-loving entrepreneur pitching “The Curdler” to a panel of VCs. Nailed it.


WHAT FOLKS SAID

Liz from UnThink Solutions reviewed our show… We’ll let her tell you all about it...

Thanks to Tristan and Ratio Beerworks for providing us with their “meticulously crafted" pale ale. With deep roots in the punk rock music scene, Ratio is hands-down the coolest taproom in Denver.  They’re located in the heart of RiNo on 29th & Larimer (next to Crema). You gotta check the place out.

Galvanize :

Dang what a view from the 4th floor balcony!

Dang what a view from the 4th floor balcony!

Llamas Revolutionize Transportation @ Galvanize “Members-Only” Pilot

PITCHLAB CREATORS, HAPPY TO KICK OFF 1ST SHOW! (L-> JAY MAYS, CRISTIAN WHITNEY, SCOTT OWEN & RJ OWEN)

PITCHLAB CREATORS, HAPPY TO KICK OFF 1ST SHOW! (L-> JAY MAYS, CRISTIAN WHITNEY, SCOTT OWEN & RJ OWEN)

Our Topic

Llamas Revolutionize Transportation

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OUR FAVORITE PART

Isaac McGaha Miller of Sexpot Comedy, stole the show with his creative llama promotional tie-ins including a Lumineers cover-band called the Llamaneers and these dope llama costumes: 

What Folks Said

Lisa crushing fools

Lisa crushing fools

I found pitching at Pitch Lab not only fun but incredibly helpful. It was great to get the opportunity to challenge myself and get valuable feedback on my performance (more than ‘yeah that was great’). I’ll definitely be back!
— Lisa Woods, Director of Global Growth Investing and M&A | Assurant
The whole experience was great from the decks and topics to the judges to the organization and flow of the evening. I’d recommend it to anyone looking to improve his or her presentation skills. I also liked the diversity of judges, because every one of their respective areas of expertise is key to a great presentation.
— Patrick Murphy, National Account Executive | Pandora
I was really excited to speak at Pitch Lab because the whole concept allows you to focus on getting better as a presenter. The insights from the comedian, improv expert and public speaking expert were very useful and I had a lot of fun. Normally when you pitch, you have your heart on the line because you want your project to succeed. With Pitch Lab, you get to have fun with your topic and really hone in on where you can improve as a presenter
— Isaac McGaha Miller, Author at Sexpot Comedy & Galvanize Student

WHAT WE LEARNED

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right?! This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy!”

— Jerry Seinfeld

BIG THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Galvanize: Thank you to Matt Z & Dorian at Galvanize for providing Pitch Lab and the rest of the Denver startup scene the opportunity to learn, work and grow together. We’re grateful for all the support! #LevelUp

And also…

JAY AND RJ DISCUSS FOREIGN POLICY... AND PIZZA... MOSTLY PIZZA.

JAY AND RJ DISCUSS FOREIGN POLICY... AND PIZZA... MOSTLY PIZZA.