Quick Pitch Winners Announced by Tech Coast Angels

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Audience Selects Diverse Startups at Annual Entrepreneurship Event

3 winners of Quick Pitch 2016

"Last week Echo Labs had the opportunity to compete in the Quick Pitch Competition amongst some of San Diego's finest entrepreneurs. We would like to thank TCA for putting together a remarkable event that we will never forget - Eugene Cho, Echo Labs

Tech Coast Angels (TCA), one of the largest and most active angel investor networks in the nation, announced 1st, 2nd and 3rd place competition winners immediately following live presentations at their popular Quick Pitch held on Oct. 6 at Qualcomm Hall. Ten finalists presented two-minute pitches to a blue ribbon panel of judges and an audience of 450+ leaders from the local, entrepreneurial eco-system during a sold out event that also featured locally sourced artisanal food and drink.

Southern California has become a hot bed of entrepreneurial activity with startups seeding local job development and stimulating mergers and acquisitions activities. “Our annual Quick Pitch competition is one of the most exciting entrepreneurial highlights of the year in San Diego,” said Sergio Gurrieri, President of the San Diego chapter of Tech Coast Angels. “It is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to network, learn and compete for investment capital that is crucial to early stage companies while cementing long-term relationships with various investors from our community.”

This year, Quick Pitch had a record breaking 140+ applications from a relatively young and diverse crowd of entrepreneurs, making it difficult to cull down to ten. The finalist’s pitches were judged on investment potential and presentation quality with ten experienced judges providing immediate feedback, “Shark Tank” style. But, the audience had the final say on who won using real-time polling with the winners announced at the conclusion of the competition. In a pre-taped message screened during the festivities, Mayor Faulconer thanked the Tech Coast Angels by highlighting the contributions to the local economy from the startup community.

After the event, Eugene Cho, CEO of 1st Place winner, Echo Labs, commented, "Echo Labs was honored to have the opportunity to compete in Quick Pitch amongst some of San Diego's finest entrepreneurs. We would like to thank Tech Coast Angels for putting together a remarkable event that we will never forget."

The 2016 Quick Pitch competition winners are:

1st Place - $15,000: Echo Labs, Eugene Cho
Echo Laboratories designs, develops and sells innovative microscopes. They've launched the Revolve – the world's first hybrid microscope that converts between Upright and Inverted configurations, eliminating the need for labs to purchase two separate instruments. Eyepieces have been replaced with an iPad tablet to view and capture images. Users control the Revolve remotely, send data wirelessly, or directly upload their images to the cloud. http://www.echo-labs.com

2nd Place - $10,000: Braykion, Jon Wilensky, MD
Braykion helps hospitals solve the $40B problem of healthcare associated infections by providing an intuitive, low cost hand hygiene compliance and behavioral modification solution. The Braykion system leverages the latest machine learning and wearable technology to monitor, record, and remind health care workers when they need to wash, stopping the spread of these preventable infections. http://www.braykion.com

3rd Place - $5,000: PELV-ICE, Jill Bigelow
PELV-ICE is a medical device startup revolutionizing the standard of care for pelvic soft tissue trauma patients. PELV-ICE has created a new category of utility patented soft braces that uniquely support all sides of the pelvis with multi-directional and highly adjustable compression and removable ice/heat therapy anywhere you need it that are easy to use, discrete, highly effective and covered by insurance and Medicaid. PELV-ICE’s first brand, Mama Strut for maternity and postpartum recovery, is a game changer for new mamas by decreasing narcotics, and increasing mobility, mood, and birth satisfaction. http://www.mamastrut.com

About Tech Coast Angels
Tech Coast Angels (TCA) is one of the largest and most active angel investor networks in the nation, and a leading source of funding for seed-stage and early-stage companies across all industries in Southern California. TCA members are accredited investors who collectively invest in start-up companies in the range of $250k to $2M. The companies TCA invests in go through well-structured, transparent, and time efficient screening and due diligence. TCA members are themselves founders, and executive level business leaders who have extensive knowledge in the investment process and world-class business practices and contribute counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of investors, customers, strategic partners and management.

TCA is a catalyst in the growth of the thriving Southern California entrepreneurial ecosystem of innovation. We fund mostly emerging technology and life science companies. More information on investment with Tech Coast Angels can be found at: http://www.techcoastangels.com

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