The objective of the Pitch the Summit competition is to provide Emory undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn how to effectively pitch an idea for a new venture. Winning individuals and teams will receive guidance, financial support, and in-kind contributions in order to move the venture forward.
An elevator pitch verbally outlines an entrepreneurial concept or idea in a short period of time. Participating individuals or teams will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to panels of judges, with the most successful pitches advancing through three rounds of competition.
2019 Summit Highlights
2019 Founders Address
2019 Venture Spotlights
Co-Founder, President and CTO at Plaid
William Hockey is the co-Founder, President and CTO at Plaid, the technology company providing the tools and access needed for the development of a fully modern, and digitally-enabled financial system. Plaid powers the financial experiences for a quarter of the US population and tens of thousands of developers across North America and Europe. After learning firsthand how difficult it was to build and scale a secure finance software, William and his co-founder Zach Perret started Plaid in 2012, creating a toolkit to encourage an inclusive and competitive ecosystem that drives innovation while protecting consumers’ financial data.
Plaid has raised over $300M in fundraising at over a $2.5b valuation and has witnessed exponential growth since its founding - today, one in four people in the US with bank accounts use Plaid. Prior to starting Plaid, William studied computer science and business at Emory University and worked as a consultant at Bain.
Founder, CEO BetterCloud
David Politis is the founder and CEO of BetterCloud, the first SaaS Management and Security platform, where he oversees the day-to-day activities of the company and is responsible for the overall product vision and business strategy. Over 2,500 companies in 60+ countries rely on BetterCloud for continuous event monitoring, threat remediation, and fully automated policy enforcement across their digital workplace. With 250+ employees in Atlanta, New York City, and San Francisco, BetterCloud has raised over $100 million to date from investors including Bain Capital Ventures and Accel. As a pioneer in the cloud services industry, David has vast experience launching and building high growth technology companies and an immense passion for enterprise cloud technology.
Before founding BetterCloud, David was an early employee of Cloud Sherpas (acquired by Accenture [NYSE: ACN]), a preeminent leader in cloud advisory and technology services. As the VP of SMB Solutions, David led Cloud Sherpas to become the leading cloud services partner to small and medium sized businesses worldwide. Prior to Cloud Sherpas, David was the founding employee and General Manager of Vocalocity (acquired by Vonage [NYSE: VG]), which he grew into one of the top providers of cloud PBX technology. As General Manager, David ran day to day operations and led the company’s product strategy.
David is a native of New York City and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Emory University. He has contributed to TechCrunch, Mashable, VentureBeat, Forbes, The New York Times and others.