Startups Get Chance to Make Best Pitch

by Don Rodriguez

When first launching a company, it’s not unusual to wonder: Is anyone listening? For Mesa-based Crowd Mics, winner of the pitch contest at the Arizona Technology Council’s AZ StartupConnect last year, the answer is “yes.”

Telling the audience about the product that turns a cell phone into a personal microphone and voting device at events, company CEO and co-founder Tom Holladay summarized, “At the end of the day, here’s what we’re actually trying to accomplish: We’re trying to get the technology out of the way and just let human beings interact and communicate with other human beings.”

Holladay convinced more than the crowd that day. Since claiming top honors at the pitch contest, Holladay and co-founder brother Sean were interviewed by BBC Tech; and named top innovators in the event industry for 2015 by BizBash, the event industry’s leading publication. In addition, the Crowd Mics 2.3 update recently was rolled out.

This leads to the question of who’s next when the pitch contest is held at the 2015 AZ StartupConnect on Dec. 9 at Arizona State University’s SkySong, Building #3, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Besides plenty of networking opportunities, the all-day event will feature a series of breakout sessions on three tracks geared toward new entrepreneurs: foundation strategies, launch strategies and growth strategies. Costs for participants will be $50 for members and $75 for non-members, including lunch and a cocktail reception at the end of the day.

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