Pitch Stop 2021, Princeton-Mercer startup showcase, to have in-person event July 13

Pitch Stop, the signature event from the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber that features “pitches” from local startup companies with real-time feedback from seasoned investors, is returning to an in-person event July 13 at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township.

The event, which will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m., is available to members and nonmembers. Register here.

The event, Pitch Stop 2021, will feature 10-minute pitches from three innovative local startups:

  • Bag-A-Burger, a portable, powdered, plant-based nutrition company;
  • Xaliva by Ricovr, a device that provides point-of-contact saliva testing for COVID-19, THC and infectious diseases;
  • VictimsVoice, an app that helps survivors of domestic violence collect admissible evidence.

They will be receiving valuable feedback from a pair of seasoned investors, Sean O’Sullivan and Kelly Ford.

O’Sullivan is the managing director of SOSV, a venture capital firm that specializes in accelerator programs for very early-stage companies, and is one of the most active venture investors in the world.

Ford is general partner at Edison Partners, where she invests in growth-stage enterprise software and fintech companies and, as the pioneer of the firm’s Edison Edge operating platform, advises portfolio companies on go-to-market strategy and operations.

Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber CEO Hal English said having O’Sullivan and Ford elevates the event.

“They will provide valuable insight, not only to the startups presenting, but to all the entrepreneurs in the audience,” he said. “I am excited to hear what they have to say about the current landscape.”

Pitch Stop 2021 is presented by Domain Technology Partners and Grounds for Sculpture. The event will include opening remarks from the investors, pitch presentations and feedback, as well as plenty of time for person-to-person networking, courtesy of reception sponsor First Bank. Withum and In the Company of Horses round out the list of supporting sponsors.

Rashaad Bajwa, of Domain Technology Partners and chair of the chamber’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council, said he feels the event showcases the region.

“Nurturing innovation is an important part of the work the chamber does,” he said. “Our region is rife with opportunity for entrepreneurs, and Pitch Stop provides an outstanding forum for startups in all stages.”