Ten finalists pitched their startups to these investors at Google in New York City on March 6, 2018. The grand prize winner, Emma Yang of Timeless, received $50,000 as a cash grant.
Meet the Jury
John Ason has been a professional angel investor for 18 years. Over that span, he has funded 60 startup companies and currently have over 20 active companies. The majority of these companies were pre revenue with many consisting of one or two people in a kitchen or garage. In about half of the companies, he was the lead angel. Some examples of the companies he has invested in are: Xlibris.com, Diapers.com, Soap.com, FulcrumGallery.com, AppyCouple.com, TuckerToys.com, CallunaVineyards.com, Ology.com, Koding.com, WeHostels.com, DoodleDeals.com, MotionMathGames.com, etc. His notable exits have been Xlibris, LiveLook bought by Oracle and Diapers.com, bought by Amazon for $545 million.
Erica Duignan Minnihan
Managing Partner 1000 Angels
Erica Duignan Minnihan is Managing Partner at 1000 Angels, a private digital venture investment network. We provide a platform for high net worth individuals, family offices, and Venture Funds to make direct investments in a curated selection of high-growth, early-stage investment opportunities. We typically invest in companies raising Seed and Series A rounds, and focus primarily on the technology sector, although we are open to all opportunities with exceptional risk adjusted return potential.
Director on Healthcare Investing Team, GE Ventures
Iana is a Director on the GE Ventures Healthcare Investing team. Prior to joining GE Ventures, Iana spent most of her career in the healthcare sector. She was one of the first employees of ProCure Treatment Centers, a start-up that raised $700mm to develop and operate a nationwide network of radiation (proton) therapy centers. After leaving ProCure, she joined Alvarez & Marsal’s Healthcare Group where she helped Private Equity firms evaluate potential investments and improve portfolio company operations. Iana holds a BA and an MBA from Columbia University.
General Partner, BBG Ventures
Nisha Dua is a General Partner at BBG Ventures, which she co-founded with Susan Lyne in 2014. BBGV is a NYC-based seed fund, investing in consumer tech startups with at least one female founder. BBGV invests across content, commerce, future of work and platforms and services for Gen Z. BBGV has invested in over 60 startups.
Nisha has spent the last decade working in media, tech, strategy and law. She was the General Manager of AOL’s millennial site, Cambio, which she re-launched as a site “for girls, #BUILTBYGIRLS” in partnership with Girls Who Code. She founded the #BUILTBYGIRLS movement which challenges young women to be part of the tech-enabled economy and recently launched the WAVE platform, which connects girls with professionals to help them build their first networks into tech.