TradeKing Financial Entrepreneur Pitch-Fest Competition

From the event announcement:

On October 4 and 11, 10 companies (20 in total) will be selected to pitch online to Sramana Mitra, one of Silicon Valley’s top strategists. Each 5-minute pitch will be followed by a 5-minute strategic analysis by Sramana.

Following the pitches during each online roundtable event, Sramana Mitra and Dan Raju, CIO of online brokerage TradeKing, will select the top 6 entrepreneurs (12 altogether) who will be awarded a full tuition by TradeKing to Sramana’s 1M/1M program – valued at $1,000 each!

Note: See info about Sramana and the 1M/1M program here: Sramana1M/1M

Learn more about TradeKing and its Open API here:

To compete, please complete the application form found here. Answers to some Frequently Asked Questionscan be found here.

Criteria for Selection:

We are looking for companies with the following types of financial businesses:

  • Online tools providers
  • Mobile tools providers
  • Platform SDKs
  • Data visualization tools

Benefits for Presenters:

-Get on-the-spot analysis of their project by Sramana Mitra, one of Silicon Valley’s top strategists, with suggestions about how to potentially increase chances of success

-Gain exposure:

-to investors in the audience

-to Sramana’s large network (who will listen live or to online recording of the event)

-via TradeKing’s marketing of the event

Benefits for Winners:

-A year of Sramana’s ongoing mentorship during weekly strategy roundtables

-Opportunity to study a unique curriculum designed to prevent mistakes, save time and money

-Chance to absorb the tribal knowledge of Silicon Valley based on carefully analyzed case studies of hundreds of successful companies

-Introductions by Sramana to potential customers, partners and investors among her extensive global network

Deadline to Apply to Present:

Please send in your completed application form by September 10, 2012 to Entrepreneurs selected to present will be notified by September 14.


8:00 a.m. PDT – Greetings, Sramana Mitra and Dan Raju

8:05-9:45 a.m. PDT – 10 pitches, 10 minutes each (5 minute pitch + 5 minutes of discussion/questions)

9:45-9:50 a.m. PDT – Judges deliberate privately

9:50-10:00 a.m. PDT – Winners announced, closing remarks

Register to attend October 4:

Register to attend October 11: