July 11 – 14, 2018
What is "The Pitch Tank"
The Pitch Tank is a collaboration with the founder of FreedomFest, Mark Skousen and Angel Investors Network, a nationwide network of angel groups and investors.
2018 is our third year putting on The Pitch Tank event and we are excited to put on a very entertaining and educational experience for all FreedomFest attendees. We provide entrepreneurs with a chance of a lifetime to present their unique opportunity to thousands of high net worth investors and a star studded panel of judges.
We will be accepting applications from entrepreneurs who want to pitch their deal LIVE to thousands of potential investors and our amazing panel of highly successful entrepreneurs (through July 3, 2018).
If you have what it takes and feel you are “worthy” of an investors capital, please send in your application and get prepared to attract the funding you need.
See you in Las Vegas,
CEO & Founder
Angel Investors Network
P.S. You may want to check out www.FreedomFest.com to see more about the event and the amazing line of of speakers that will be in attendance.
How Does it Work?
Our special Pitch Tank Event provides AIN with tremendous deal flow opportunities receiving over five hundred or more applications from new companies who want the chance to participate in this very popular and highly attended event session.
After careful consideration and many conversations, AIN then whittles down the list and invites 20-25 companies to join us in Las Vegas where, for a fee, they receive their own six foot table in the exhibit hall to present their company’s abilities to FreedomFest attendees and investors.
The preliminary judging round allows each of the participating companies a chance to deliver a live investor pitch to our preliminary judges who then discuss and evaluate each presentation within a non-disclosed criteria list rating each company on a 1-10 scale with 10 being the best.
Judged Categories include:
- Market Opportunity and Solution
- Growth Plan
- Financial Projections
- Capital Strategy
After the preliminary round, the top five companies are then invited to do their pitch in front of the entire FreedomFest audience on the Main Stage. The main stage Pitch Tank finals are attended by over 2,000 people and provides the five finalists the opportunity to gain valuable experience speaking and presenting to a large and discriminating audience of educated and sophisticated investors. An invaluable experience for new entrepreneurs!
The Pitch Tank 2017
Meet the Judges
Greg Writer is a C level executive with over thirty (34) years’ experience in corporate finance, capital formation, executive level management, mergers, acquisitions, software development and sales/marketing.
Greg’s claim to fame was when he bought the firm he worked for at the age of 21 and became the youngest owner of a full service investment bank in the history of United States. During this period Greg helped raise millions for early stage companies like: Home Shopping Network, Smarte Carts, Go Video Dual Deck VCR and by the time he was 24 years old he was running the trading desk for his firm.
In an effort to perpetuate free enterprise & capitalism he launched Angel Investors Network in 1997 @ www.AngelNetwork.com with the mission to “help entrepreneurs succeed”. One of the 1st online angel groups ever organized!
He is very passionate about the formation of earlier stage companies and believes this is crucial to the economy of the United States. In 2014 he wrote the book “Saving America One Crowd @ A Time”, which was one of the 1st books to be written around the new Crowdfunding Laws.
As a marketing consultant (a self-proclaimed marketing guru) Greg has coached thousands of entrepreneurs in all area of marketing and has been teaching marketing on stages across the United States since 2004.
As a serial entrepreneur himself he is currently CEO of Angel Investors Network, Angel Marketing, Inspiration By God, BizPAD and President of Celebrity Lifestyle Brands. In addition, he serves on the Board of Never Give Up, a non-profit.
Greg is the proud father of 5 and has been married for 30 years.
Kevin Harrington has been a successful entrepreneur over the last 40 years. He is an Original Shark on the ABC hit, Emmy winning TV show, “Shark Tank.” He is also the Inventor of the Infomercial, As Seen On TV Pioneer, Co- Founder of the Electronic Retailers Association (ERA) and Co- Founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).
Kevin has launched over 20 businesses that have grown to over $100 million in sales each, has been involved in more than a dozen public companies, and has launched over 500 products generating more than $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic brands and celebrities such as Jack Lalanne, Tony Little, George Foreman, and the new I-Grow hair restoration product on QVC.
Kevin has extensive experience in business all over the world, opening distribution outlets in over 100 countries worldwide.
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media
Steve’s new book: Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (McGraw-Hill Professional) came out in December.
Steve writes editorials for each issue of Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.
In both 1996 and 2000, Steve campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense. Steve continues to energetically promote this agenda.
President and CEO of Star Branding Equity Holdings
Bernt Ullmann is the President and CEO of Star Branding Equity Holdings (SBEH), a critically acclaimed licensing and brand management consumer focused partnership between Tommy and Andy Hilfiger, Joe Lamastra and Mr. Ullmann.
Ullmann served as founding President & CEO of MESH, a partnership with Li & Fung, as well as President & CEO of Shop Your Way Brands, a division of Sears Holdings Corp. He was Corporate Vice-President of Donna Karan International, President of Fubu International, Managing Director of Coogi, President of Phat Fashions, and President of New Business Development for Kellwood.
Generating Over $5 Billion in Transactions, Mr. Ullmann provides mastery in creating, incubating, developing, marketing and distributing leading global lifestyle brand superstars such as; Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Nicki Minaj and Adam Levine.
Investment Banker & Attorney
Michael is a creative, critcial thinker, with passion, determination and the ability to provide solutions to critical problems, empowering entrepreneurs and business owners around the world to create massive success. Michael is a global expert and speaker on Entrepreneurship and a guest expert on Entrepreneur TV with past appearances on ABC, NBC and Fox. As an Investment Banker, Fund Manager, Rainmaker, Institutional Advisor, Coach, Speaker, Author, Mentor and Attorney he teaches and advises on how to go from an idea on a napkin to a stock exchange listing and all the steps in between. Michael developed the Business Mastery System to help entrepreneurs develop a Master Plan, find capital around the world, shape client acquisitions and relationships and develop and deliver a dynamic presentation that will move clients to action.
Michael has been an Investment Banker for 19 years and a licensed Attorney for 42 years, with an expertise in international law and finance and investment and merchant banking having facilitated the raising of over a Billion Dollars for entrepreneurial companies and bringing many successful companies public, including Taser and Reed’s.
Host & Presented By
Angel Investors Network (AIN) is a nationwide network of angel investors that believe in free enterprise & capitalism. Our mission is to help entrepreneurs succeed and create wealth.
We are more than just Angel Investors. We are a community of experts that invest our time, expertise, and money in exchange for equity with the objective to perpetuate free enterprise, capitalism and support the entrepreneurial spirit while creating wealth, happiness and fulfillment for all those involved.
FreedomFest is an annual festival where free minds meet to celebrate “great books, great ideas, and great thinkers” in an open-minded society. It is independent, non-partisan and not affiliated with any organization or think tank.
Founded and produced by Mark Skousen since 2002, FreedomFest invites the “best and the brightest” from around the world to talk, strategize, socialize, and celebrate liberty. FreedomFest is open to all and is purely egalitarian where speakers, attendees, and exhibitors are treated as equals.