At Igniter Social, meet like-minded entrepreneurs, demo your idea, pitch your startup, and mingle with our special guests.
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Join us for a fun evening of Igniters Social. Come meet other like-minded founders and entrepreneurs, plus mingle with our special guest! Find co-founders/ business partners/ startup team members; or, find an exciting startup to join; or, just mingle and have fun!
More ways you can participate:
Pitch/ Find a co-founder: A few Igniters will have the opportunity to pitch your company on stage. The pitch slots are also available for people who are looking for Co-founders or people to join their team.
PITCHING CRITERIA TO WIN
- Is it a good idea?
- Is it clearly communicate?
- Is the pitch interesting?
- Would you like to see this idea developed further?
- Overall impression.
Showcase: A few startup teams will have the opportunity to showcase their product in the room. Pitch and Showcase
Meet our Guest of Honors / Judges for the Pitching Competition
Luke Wroblewski is an internationally recognized digital product leader who has designed and built software used by more than one billion people worldwide.
Luke is currently a Product Director at Google. Earlier he was the CEO and Co-founder of Polar (acquired by Google in 2014) and the Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Bagcheck (acquired by Twitter in 2011).
Prior to founding start-ups, Luke was an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Benchmark Capital, the Chief Design Architect (VP) at Yahoo!, Lead User Interface Designer at eBay, and a Senior Interface Designer at NCSA: the birthplace of the first popular graphical Web browser, NCSA Mosaic.
Luke is the author of three popular Web design books (Mobile First,Web Form Design & Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability) in addition to many articles about digital product design and strategy. He is also a consistently top-rated speaker atconferences and companies around the world, and a Co-founder and former Board member of the Interaction Design Association(IxDA).
Donna Petkanics has provided legal counsel to some of the country's most innovative technology companies. She has represented hundreds of startups and advised companies and underwriters in more than 65 public offerings during the course of her career. In addition, she has served in a number of management positions during her tenure at Wilson Sonsini and is a founding member of the firm's Women's Initiative Network.
Corporate Law & Governance
Energy Innovation & Clean Technology
Mergers & Acquisitions
Lili Balfour is the founder and CEO of the SoMa-based financial advisory firm, Atelier Advisors, creator of Lean Finance for Startups, Finance Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs, and How to Crowd Fund a Million Dollars, author of Master the Finance Game, and host of the Finance for Entrepreneurs broadcast on Spreecast.
We are proudly hosted at ZGC Innovation Center
ZGC Innovation Center, located at 4500 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA., is in a unique position to bring together the best of east and west worlds. ZGC focus on various businesses that will bring tremendous value to both US and China. Its core business includes fund investment & directly investment, incubation service and cross-border mergers & acquisitions service. Through creation of an ecosystem to incubate startup companies, ZGC connects Chinese and US companies to cross border markets, bring together angel and venture investors, and gather public and private network support, all in one location. This center has the significance that it is going to be the first stop for many Chinese entrepreneurs, crossborder executives and corporate and government delegations coming to study what Silicon Valley has to offer.