LaunchVT final pitch competition May 17

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LaunchVT final pitch competition May 17

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Vermont Business Magazine  Eight Vermont startups will compete in the LaunchVT Final Pitch Competition on Thursday, May 17 from 5 to 8 pm at the Film House at Main Street Landing. Come see the 2018 cohort compete for $100,000 in cash and in-kind services! Watch all eight teams pitch their businesses to a panel of expert judges, network with dozens of investors and community partners, and see who takes home the top prizes. Back by popular demand this year is the Crowd Pitch Off. We'll select entrepreneurs from the crowd to pitch their ideas and the winner will take home cash "crowd funded" from the audience. There will be a DJ, food, a cash bar, and plenty of entertainment from our legendary Emcee, Alan Newman! 

The event is FREE and the public is invited to attend and asked to register in advance at

LaunchVT provides early stage acceleration programs and resources for business to prep, launch, and soar in Vermont. The annual pitch competition comes at the end of a six week intensive program where entrepreneurs in the LaunchVT cohort work with a dedicated coach, strategic advisors, and each other to refine their business models and hone their pitches. 

The startups in the 2018 LaunchVT cohort are: 

Cora Ball  -  Granville, VT

Rachael Miller - CEO  Megan Bender  Director of Sales & Operations  Brooke Winslow - Technical Designer

A microfiber-catching laundry ball, is a consumer-based solution to microfiber pollution that comes from our clothes and home textiles and washes into our public waterways, getting into the marine food web and our own food and water. 

EZ-Probate  -  Williston, VT

Byron Batres, CFP - Founder

EZ-Probate has developed and refined an online probate process that saves time and money by probating an estate online with little or no need for an attorney.  EZ-Probate prepares ready to sign court forms and provides step by step instructions allowing anyone to probate an estate with ease for a low flat fee. 

Northview Weather  -  Barton, VT

Jason Shafer - Founder & Manager  David Siuta - CTO

Northview Weather LLC provides new technology to help electric utilities prepare for major storms, helping to optimize power restoration and grid reliability. 

Still Thyme Botanicals  -  Middlesex, VT

Dejung Gewissler - Founder & CEO

Still Thyme Botanicals is a sparkling herbal tea made from organic medicinal herbs and sweetened only with local honey. 

Burlington Code Academy  -  Burlington, VT

Benjamin Boas - CEO  Alex Chaffee - CTO  Alex Horner - CMO

Burlington Code Academy offers immersive, 12-week training programs that teach students the digital skills necessary to enter a career in tech. 

Home Outside  -  Rockingham, VT

Julie Moir Messervy - CEO/President  Jennifer Silver - Marketing Manager

Home Outside® makes expert landscape design available and affordable for everyone by simplifying the design process through its online program of pre-drawn elements that are part of every property. 

Varises  -  Stowe, VT

Bryan Huber, MD - Co-Founder  Steven Berlin - Co-Founder

Varises creates immersive simulation systems to bring surgical sales, education and training to a new level. We enhance trusted methodologies with modern technologies for repeatable, measurable and meaningful learning. 

Green Mountain Maple Innovations  -  Randolph, VT

Jack Beauparlant - Co-Founder  Manny Aretakis - Co-Founder

A new innovative tubing tool used to apply maple spouts to lateral tubing for the maple sugaring industry. 

LaunchVT Final Pitch Competition

Thursday, May 17, 2018

5 to 8pm

Film House at Main Street Landing - 60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT 05401 

LaunchVT is made possible thanks to our amazing sponsors, including: the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce,, Vermont EPSCoR, Vermont Department of Economic Development, VCET, People’s United Bank, New England Federal Credit Union, Vermont Works, Vermont Innovation Commons, Dinse, Qwerkal, Seven Days, Dunkiel Saunders, Paul Frank & Collins, FreshTracks Capital, Leonardo's, Gallagher Flynn & Company, Merritt & Merritt, Vermont Community Foundation, Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom, TD Bank, Encore Renewable Energy, Oxbow, Hark, BTV Ignite, University of Vermont - OVPR, VEDA, North Country Angels, Redstone, Dale Carnegie Training, Reconciledit, VT Center for Women & Enterprise, DRM, Renaissance Information Systems, Moulton Law Group, IOT Conduit, and Main Street Landing. 

LaunchVT provides early-stage acceleration programs and resources to help businesses prep, launch and soar in Vermont, and is a program of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. LCRCC is the largest business advocacy organization in the state. The Chamber puts everything into place to help our members grow their businesses: providing innovative member services and programs, promoting our region, and making it an even better place to do business. 

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Source: LaunchVT