PITCH PRIZE

The PILOT Pitch Prize sought early stage startups with game-changing technologies and solutions to help broadcasters innovate and better serve their communities. The finalists will showcase their companies at NAB Show New York in October 2018.

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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Pitch Prize Winners

$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)

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

Gain capital and connections.

PILOT is looking for game-changing technologies and solutions that will help broadcasters innovate and better serve their communities. Companies with these technologies and solutions should submit an application for the PILOT Pitch Prize 2018 competition for a chance to gain access to capital as well as connections that can help their businesses succeed.

How it Works

Companies will submit an online application. Judges from the industry will be looking for companies that:

  • Solve a well-defined problem for a significant market in a differentiated way
  • Demonstrate progress with the product, revenue model or customers
  • Have a realistic plan for growth, credible financials and the right team to scale
  • Will accept a seed investment from PILOT to use to propel the growth of the company

PILOT will select five companies to compete in a live pitch event at NAB Show New York. Each finalist will receive individual mentoring prior to their pitch at NAB Show New York. Finalists will then pitch to panel of judges consisting of broadcasting and digital media leaders.

Why Apply?

Applicants who complete a qualified application will also receive a complimentary pass to NAB Show New York. PILOT Pitch Prize 2018 finalists will:

  • Participate in pitch event at NAB Show New York
  • Finalists will then pitch to a panel of judges consisting of broadcasting and digital media leaders
  • The first 100 applicants who complete a qualified application will also receive a complimentary pass to NAB Show New York.
  • Be included in event marketing and public relations materials

PILOT Pitch Prize 2018 winners will receive:

  • Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) contract
    • $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
  • Opportunity to present at NAB Show in Las Vegas (April 2019)
    • Exhibit space at NAB Show

What if I have questions?

We’re here to help. Contact the PILOT Pitch Prize team for more information.

PILOT Pitch Prize produced in partnership with the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship