Last week we pitched in the finals of the Seattle Angel Conference (SAC) alongside four fantastic startups we got to know during the course of the competition. We spent the preceding weeks working closely with a team of investors performing due diligence, and the process helped us to clarify our strategy and generated even more ideas about how we could amplify Zealyst's impact.
Thursday's conference marked an important SAC milestone: after hosting five conferences over the past three years, the SAC has now "graduated" over 100 investors in Seattle. At the beginning of each conference cycle, accredited investors pool $5,000 each toward a lump investment that will be awarded to the winning company. We started with over 40 other startups and advanced through quarter-final and semi-final pitches. At each stage, the SAC investors asked great questions, provided pitch critique, and gained invaluable firsthand investment experience. The innovative SAC model aims not only to infuse the local startup ecosystem with capital directly through the competition, but also to educate and empower accredited investors to make independent angel investments after completing the conference.
Team Zebra was out in full force: Britta, Meleigha and Brandon were all in the audience, along with our advisor David Youssefnia. I was the last presenter, and I was nearly bouncing out of my seat in excitement by the time it was our turn to pitch. It was a great pleasure to tell the Zealyst story and give the audience a preview of the beautiful new product we're preparing to launch.
We were thrilled to win the audience favorite award- thank you to everyone who supported us! Congratulations to Discuss.io for winning the grand prize, as well as the other awesome companies that pitched: Social Glimpz, Meshfire, and Grow Plastics!