The 2018 PILOT Pitch Prize finalists are early stage startups with game-changing technologies and solutions which help broadcasters innovate and better serve their communities. The finalists will showcase their companies at NAB Show New York at the Jacob K. Javits Center on October 17 from 3 – 6pm. The event will include an interactive executive keynote from Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz.

Register for NAB Show New York for a front row seat of the final pitches.

2018 Finalists

Airwavz.TV™ is delivering fresh, fast and free TV all over the world.  Airwavz.tv is the first and only company to design and patent Quarterback®, the world’s first digital TV antenna and receiver that enables anyone with a smartphone to get live television broadcast programming straight from TV towers – even if there’s no cell, internet, Wi-Fi or satellite service.  Quarterback® satisfies consumers pent-up demand to get free Over-The-Air High-Definition TV on mobiles, with instant access to premium grade TV channels 2 thru 51.  Plus, Airwavz.tv is pioneering NextGen TV deployment in the United States with the commercial launch of RedZone Receiver™ the world’s first professional NextGen TV toolkit designed to help broadcasters roll out ATSC 3.0/NextGen TV, which is poised to replace the current US digital TV standard beginning in 2019.

nēdl (as in, the haystack) allows radio listeners to search live audio as easily as they search the web (by keyword) and also start their own live broadcasts to add their speech to the real-time search results.  Because nēdl is live on Amazon Alexa, it means that users who start an instant nēdlcast through the app can be heard live immediately in over 39M Alexa-enabled homes and cars (BMW, Mini, Toyota, Lexus, Ford and VW) within the U.S. alone.   nēdl is a B2B2C focused on bringing unbelievable value to radio broadcasters in the form of increased audiences and advertising dollars.

Our.News makes it easy for anyone to fact check and rate the news, by arming the public with all the tools and information needed to make a quick determination between real and junk news. The platform is non-partisan and transparent, providing both validated background information on news publishers, and leveraging the wisdom of the crowd to determine the public’s view of the veracity of news articles, publishers, and journalists.

PolyPort offers complete digital asset management, tracking, and IP protection for owners and creators. PolyPort’s solution, employing security and encryption algorithms, enable content owners to control, monitor, and manage access to digital content to remote users and collaborators in real time as well as set time limits on assets for self-destruct. PolyPort gives you true control over your intellectual property wherever it may travel.

Teamium is a cloud-based media production management platform that provides distributed teams with all the digital collaboration tools they need to coordinate production work.  Teamium’s visual collaboration tools that work on all devices combined with consumer-grade user experience that requires no training radically transform the way production teams communicate and get things done. Designed with the latest digital technologies, Teamium unifies production resource planning and management with user defined business processes eliminating spreadsheets and never-ending email chains.


$50,000 SAFE Contract

(Simple Agreement for Future Equity)

  • $50,000 with no interest and no expiration date
  • Valuation cap of $6 million at the time of conversion to equity
  • No discount if the money is converted into equity within six months of winning PILOT Pitch Prize
  • 80 percent discount rate if the money is converted after six months

Brand Recognition

As a member of NAB’s Portfolio

  • Announcement of the winners at NAB Show New York
  • Highlighted placement in NAB’s marketing channels
  • Opportunity to present to senior level executives from NAB member companies.
  • Exhibit space at NAB Show in Las Vegas (April 2019)


Mike Chapman, Accenture

Mike Chapman

Managing Director, Accenture Strategy

Tim Clarke

Vice President of Audience and Content, Cox Media Group

Lora Dennis

Senior Vice President, Digital Media, NBC

Roger Keating

Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Hearst Television

Michele Laven

President of Strategic Partnerships Group, iHeartMedia, Inc.


Coaches from the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship are providing our finalists with advice and mentorship as they prepare for there final pitches at NAB Show New York. Find out more about the Dingman Coaches.

Key Dates

March 6

Application Period Opens

April 30

Application Period Closes

May 1 – June 19

Finalists Selection

June 19 – August 16

Finalists Due Diligence

August 20 – October 5

Dingman Center Angels Coaching/Mentoring

October 17 – 18

Final Round Event at NAB Show New York

The application period for the 2018 PILOT Pitch Prize has now closed.

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For information on the 2019 PILOT Pitch Prize, see below.

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