Interactive Elevator Pitch Competition
Monday, March 10
8 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Pitch Competition Starts promptly at 9 p.m.
Oklahoma is home to a host of established and emerging interactive companies. Join some of our entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, and the organizations that have helped support these businesses from day one. Experience the elevator pitch competition as entrepreneurs vie for up to $10,000 in prizes, and don’t forget to enjoy the free food, drink, and live entertainment. Learn more about the Pitch Competition portion at www.i2e.org. We are bringing back our good friend Blake Jackson to emcee the evening, this cat brings the energy!
Finalists for the Buffalo Lounge Elevator Pitch Competition were selected last week from among video-taped submissions by a panel of investment professionals at i2E, Inc., a co-sponsor of the event along the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber as part of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development.
Oklahoma entrepreneurs and companies that will make 90-second pitches about their innovative concepts at the Buffalo Lounge event will be:
- Justin Briggs, Baton, Oklahoma City
- Waylon Flinn, Crunch Magic, Norman
- Brady Deaton, Idefi Group, Tulsa
- Jared King, InspireVive LLC, Bixby
- John Burdin, Service Chicken, Oklahoma City
- Steve Cersonsky, Armore, Oklahoma City
- Ryan Phillips, Siren, Norman
- Ashok Kamal, Sivi, Oklahoma City
- Tim Paslay, The Two Guys Bow Tie Co, Broken Arrow
- John Kerber, Who Is On My Wi-Fi?, Oklahoma City
In addition to the $5,000 first prize, two $2,500 prizes will be awarded at the Buffalo Lounge event.
“The audience and the judges at the Buffalo Lounge are going to hear some awesome innovative concepts pitched in an energetic style,” said Josh O’Brien, Director of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development. “We’re really pleased with the quality of the ideas and the pitches that were submitted for this competition.”
A panel of Oklahoma investors will rank the Buffalo Lounge pitches based on criteria that include quality of pitch, business viability, market opportunity, competitive advantage, management and energy of the pitch. O’Brien said organizers hope to do a follow-up event in Oklahoma later this year.
The Buffalo Lounge is a collaborative effort to spotlight Oklahoma companies and innovators at the South By Southwest Conference, which last year attracted more than 50,000 visitors in the areas of film, music and interactive. Several successful companies such as Twitter, Foursquare, Phonebooth and Highlight were either introduced or spotlighted at SXSW.
Oklahoma’s Buffalo Lounge
Located at The Avenue on Congress http://www.avenueoncongress.com
408 N. Congress Ave (4th and Congress)