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PerfectPitch Winner & $400K from Marc Benioff & Ashton Kutcher’s SOUND

PerfectPitch Winner – SXSW 2018 – Wins $400K from Marc Benioff & Ashton Kutcher’s SOUND

Saturday, March 10 at SXSW, Sound Ventures held their first $100,000 pitch competition for early-stage entrepreneurs, PerfectPitch.

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The winner ended up walking away with $400k for her LearnLux, an educational platform with online tools for financial literacy.

Sound Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary, held PerfectPitch, the firm’s $100,000 pitch competition for early-stage entrepreneurs at SXSW on Saturday afternoon, March 10 at Hotel Van Zandt in Austin.

Judges included: actor Matthew McConaughey, Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce, Melody McCloskey, CEO of StyleSeat and Gary Vaynerchuk, founder of VaynerMedia,w and Ashton Kutcher.

SXSW PerfectPitch Winner

The WINNER of the $100,000 investment from Sound Ventures is Founder: Rebecca Liebman, LearnLux: educational platform with online tools for financial literacy.

The original prize was $100k, but Ashton Kutcher doubled it to $200k. And then Mark Benioff , CEO Salesforce said he’d invest an additional $200k. So LearnLux won $400k.

Other competitors in PerfectPitch included:

  • AI Software: AI bot built for enterprises; accesses your company’s ‘brain.’ Founder: David Karandish
  • Daymaker: platform for kids to give to other kids in need; building habits of kindness and generosity from a young age. Founder: Thomas Doochin
  • IssueVoter: Wikipedia for legislation; users select the issues they care most about and IssueVoter will send them brief summaries of relevant legislation going through Congress. Founder: Maria Yuan
  • Omnivirt: AR/VR advertising platform for brands and publishers. Founder: Michael Rucker

Sponsorship support for PerfectPitch at SXSW included Salesforce, Forbes, Cisco, JetSmarter and Smartwater.

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