The Westlake Business Incubator presents its inaugural Pitch Night on Friday, May 19, at the Westlake High School PAC. This culminating event (produced in the style of the popular CNBC television show “Shark Tank”) will be emceed by Josh Baer of Capital Factory. From 6 to 9pm, student entrepreneurs will present their startup ideas and projects for actual funding from a panel of Austin business leader investors.
This event is the culmination of a year-long project that student groups have worked on as part of the first ever Incubator.edu class at Westlake High School. More than 150 students participated in a rigorous entrepreneurial class, formed teams, cultivated startup concepts and worked with business coaches and mentors to test and flesh out their ideas. The four finalists of 38 teams have earned a spot in the final round to present on stage at Pitch Night.
In addition to the excitement and fun of a capital-raising contest among high school Juniors and Seniors right here in Austin, there will be a few surprises and several exciting announcements will be made. Among them, the Westlake Innovation Fund will be launched as a broader effort to bring authentic, rigorous entrepreneurial education to Westlake High School students and across the broader community. This fund will work to raise money that will be used across disciplines and venues toward its mission. Immediately, the Westlake Innovation Fund is working to support efforts to install a video wall in the Westlake PAC, create an Accelerator class for the student teams whose companies get funded or are making money and a Code Academy to teach the essential IOS app development skills so essential to start-ups.
Sponsorships for Pitch Night begin at $1000 with one Presenting Sponsorship at $15,000. As Presenting Sponsor, your company premiere placement and include prominent logo placement at the event, traditional media and social media outreach, and permanent recognition in the Incubator.edu classroom and on the Westlake Innovation Fund website. Additional sponsorships are available at the following levels: Platinum ($10,000), Gold ($5,000), Silver ($2,500) and Bronze ($1,000) levels, each affording our sponsors VIP placement tickets and varying amounts of promotion.
Be an early sponsor and support Westlake High School’s Innovation Fund and Pitch Night in its inaugural year!