The Pace Pitch Contest is based on the Elevator Pitch concept, popular in the venture capital community. It is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur's idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, which is delivered to potential investors. The premise is that it could be made in a few minutes, should the entrepreneur spot a potential investor on an elevator and have the opportunity to pitch their idea during the brief ride.
Each Finalist will have exactly three minutes to pitch their new venture idea to a distinguished panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience. In addition to broad participation at Pace, we have been pleased to welcome student competitors from a number of other universities, including Columbia, Harvard, MIT, NYU, Princeton, and Stanford.
James Quick, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
James Quick graduated from Vanderbilt University with a major in Computer Science and Spanish. Upon graduation, he joined Microsoft as the Technical Evangelist in South Florida. He was worked with various Meetup groups, organizations, and schools providing professional development training for Miami Dade High Schools as well as college professions, leading numerous talks and workshops in the community, and speaking at local events such as ITPalooza and South Florida Code Camp. He recently joined the team in New York City and is eager to immerse himself into a new community.
Ian E Scott, Managing Director, Scott Legal Services,P.C.
Ian E. Scott is a Harvard Law School Graduate, lawyer and author of Law School Lowdown: Secrets of Success from the Application Process to Landing Your First Job. (Barron's Publishing) Mr. Scott is also a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) and obtained his M.B.A from the University of Toronto. Prior to law school, Mr. Scott worked at an international investment bank (Credit Suisse) in New York structuring business transactions and providing consultation on deal structures. As an attorney, Mr. Scott worked as a corporate transactional lawyer in the law firm Cleary Gottlieb (a top Wall Street Firm) and is currently the Managing Director of Scott Legal Services, P.C., a law firm specializing in Investor Immigration Visas and New Business set-up. Mr. Scott has been featured and seen in many publications including; Forbes, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Super Lawyers, The Huffington Post, The American Bar Association, Business Insider, The New York Bar Association, Harvard University, Above the Law, Lexis/Nexis, The Student Appeal Journal, Lawyerist, & other Journals. Mr. Scott lives in Manhattan, New York, with his spouse and two lovely daughters.
David Sederholt, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Strategic Funding Source, Inc
David Sederholt received his BS in Biology from Pace in 1973. While working in the field of steroid biochemistry and enzyme kinetics first at the Rockefeller University and later at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug. Biomedical research by day and restaurants at night. One restaurant turned into many, with the culmination being an IPO of his casual dining restaurant chain. After selling his interest, he saw a market in servicing the hospitality industry and built a multifaceted firm to provide consulting services, real estate and business brokerage and management recruiting to large national chains and mom and pop entrepreneurs alike. Recognizing that all businesses needed capital to grow, he added small business finance to the list of services. Today, as COO of Strategic Funding Source, Inc., his company has finance over $700MM to over 13,000 businesses throughout the United States and Australia. An entrepreneur financing entrepreneurs.
April Tam Smith, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
April Tam Smith is an Executive Director of the Equity Derivative sales-trading team at Morgan Stanley. She received her Bachelor's in Engineering from MIT and her MBA at Columbia.
Her 'other life' outside of Wall Street consists of being part of the vibrant community at Redeemer and hoping to live life in a generous and adventurous way. Over the past few years, she has served at orphanages in South Africa and Haiti, and these experiences have planted a deep seed in her to be a voice for the poor and fight for justice while leveraging the resources found on Wall Street to make a difference. One way to do so is her recent venture of Lantern Restaurant in Midtown, a social enterprise that will be using all of its net profit to fund justice work they do through nonprofit Lantern of Hope Foundation. LHF will be partnering with organizations like Yunus Social Businesses and their first project is to complete funding for Les Compotes Haiti, food transformation Social Business, working with local farmers to produce affordable, nutritious baby food for Haitian mothers.
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