Tamiami Angel Funds announced the judges for its first-quarter VenturePitch in Punta Gorda. This event will bring together five Southwest Florida entrepreneurs to compete for up to $50,000 in equity investments at a Shark Tank-style event from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on March 30 at Isles Yacht Club, 1780 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda.
The panel consists of: Farr Law Firm President, David A. Holmes; CEO and Co-founder of Nuzzle products, Anthony Dubbaneh; BRIDGE Angel Investors Co-founder, Sam Guren; and Bank of America Senior Vice President and Senior Client Manager, Julie Schmelzle. Presenting companies must be in the pre-revenue stage or within the first few months of producing revenues; must be in business less than two years; have a scalable business model; and have not already raised more than $1 million.
The event is presented by Sun Newspapers and the Tamiami Angel Funds. Sponsors of the March event include title sponsor, Babcock Ranch, and community partners Adrenaline Venture Fund, Enterprise Charlotte Economic Council, Farr Law Firm, North Port Economic Development Corp., Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, and SCORE.
The VenturePitch SWFL series is part of the Tamiami Angel Funds’ e.co initiative to build a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem from Sarasota to Naples. Modeled after the popular Shark Tank television show, entrepreneurs make a brief pitch to seasoned investors on stage in front of an audience. For more information, and individual ticket sales starting as low as $55, visit tamiami-e.co.