ALBUQUERQUE ― Tuesday, March 1, leading venture capitalists, angel investors and industry leaders are set to judge 12 startup pitches while ascending the ski lifts at Taos Ski Valley as part of the ABQid Ski Lift Pitch Contest. The event leverages an industry secret that investment insiders have known for ages.
Sharing an experience in a memorable setting leads to a more meaningful connection and opportunities for both the investor and startup. The 2016 ABQid Ski Lift Pitch judges represent some of the best venture capital firms in the U.S.
The current line up of judges includes:
Ryan Edward, Director at Silicon Valley Bank
Lee Rand, Santa Fe, Partner Sun Mountain Capital
Nathan Mortensen, Scottsdale, Ariz., Tallwave Capital
Craig Rones, Austin, Global Executive Director of Marketing, Dell Services
Gary Gaessler, Denver, CO Co-Founder, Cloud Elements
Kim Sanchez Rael, Albuquerque, Arrah Ventures, Flywheel Ventures
The Ski Lift Pitch contest pairs startup founders with investors and industry leaders on Taos Ski Valley chair lifts. The startup founders will pitch to VIP judges on the lift the morning of the event, and the VIP judges will select finalists who will pitch over lunch. The grand prize winner will be announced at the 4 p.m. Après Ski event.