LA Solar Startup 'Pick My Solar' Selected as Semifinalist in the ‘One in a Million’ Startup Competition

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Startup company is among 15 contenders from nine states who will vie for the $10,000 grand prize at the finals held during Global Entrepreneurship Week

Pick My Solar has been chosen as a semifinalist in the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s “One in a Million” pitch competition for startup entrepreneurs. Pick My Solar is the online marketplace for the solar industry, connecting solar customers with solar companies through a competitive bidding platform.

The company is among 15 startups from nine states ranging from Oregon to Florida. The semifinalists will travel to the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City during Global Entrepreneurship Week for the chance to become one of five finalists who will compete in a livestreamed event on Nov. 18.

A panel of independent judges evaluated contestants’ business plans and pitch videos and selected the 15 semifinalists to compete for a grand prize of $10,000. The second- and third-place winners will receive $5,000 and $1,000, respectively.

To qualify for the competition, entrepreneurs had to have pitched their startup business concept at a 1 Million Cups event. 1 Million Cups is a free, weekly program that educates, engages and connects local entrepreneurs. Every Wednesday morning, entrepreneurs present their startup business ideas in detail and answer questions from the audience.     

The initial field of 377 One in a Million contest entries was narrowed to these 15 semifinalists based on their businesses’ marketability; long-term potential; management team; and the entrepreneurs’ ability to persuasively present their businesses in a few minutes.

Event sponsors include The Roasterie and Kansas City PBS station KCPT.
More information on the One in a Million competition is available at

About the Kauffman Foundation:
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit, and follow the Foundation on and

About Pick My Solar:
Pick My Solar is an online solar purchasing marketplace, providing homeowners with expert advice and high quality custom bids from solar installers. The overarching mission of Pick My Solar is to simplify the solar purchase process, drive down costs and provide the consumer advocacy necessary for solar to achieve broad market success. For more information, please

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