“After we went to Quick Pitch, that’s when we started getting some good traction.”
— Shiv Shukla, Neuralace Founder & Quick Pitch 2018 Winner
Shiv Shukla, founder of NeuraLace Medical  recently raised $3.85 million in seed funding after his company won the first-place prize of $50,000 at 2018 Quick Pitch.

Shiv Shukla, founder of NeuraLace Medical recently raised $3.85 million in seed funding after his company won the first-place prize of $50,000 at 2018 Quick Pitch.

Recap of Quick Pitch 2018

Opening with a rousing rendition of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” by The School of Rap, and alumni company update from Trust & Will, the 12th Anniversary Quick Pitch broke records for applications, attendance and prize money - and maybe fun. When all was said and done, following a community scholarship award to WIT for promoting student entrepreneurship, the judges awarded the first prize of $50,000 to NeuraLace Medical, which is a pain management device. The second place and Audience Choice prizes of $10,000 each went to Yembo, which is using AI to make moving easier, and the $5,000 third place prize went to Lynx Bio, which is creating a precision diagnostic tool for blood cancer.

The 2018 10 Finalists:

Shiv Shukla, CEO, NeuraLace Medical; Sid Mohan, CEO, Yembo; Chorom Pak, CEO, Lynx Bio; Shayanne Wright, CEO, LEFT; Beck Bamberger, CEO, OnePitch; Benji Koltai, CEO, Galley Solutions; Sher Butt, CEO, CB Therapeutics; Justin Weissberg, CEO, Evasyst; Rae Lietzau, CEO, DoWhop; Elle Hempen, CEO, The Atlas Marketplace

Click image to view the Top 10 Finalist

Click image to view the Top 10 Finalist

Once the competition Call for Applications ends, the top 10 Finalists are selected. In addition to the Quick Pitch competition, early stage startups are invited to apply to Tech Coast Angels (TCA) to be considered for investment by over 300 members across our five chapters in Southern California.

TCA screens applications monthly. Apply today for a chance to present to our membership. To fill out an application visit the TCA website:

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Click image to view the Coaches

Once the 10 finalists are selected, each company is coached by a member of TCA-SD with the most experience in their particular industry.  The coaches provide valuable insight in preparing a 2-minute pitch, working with the presenter to refine their story to include enough information to sway the audience to select them as the prize winner.

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Click image to view the Judges

After each 2-minute presentation, our panel of expert judges – who are key players in the local and national startup ecosystem – will provide their analysis for the benefit of the audience, which, at the end of the event, will text message their vote for their favorite company to determine the final three winners.

Recap of 2017 Quick Pitch

The 11th Anniversary Quick Pitch was one of our best yet with Tech Coast Angels and San Diego Venture Group joining forces for the first time! With over 500 attendees we had great audience participation and the feedback has been incredible, including comments about the diverse and interesting finalist companies, the insightful and entertaining judge's comments and the quality of networking before and after the competition.

The audience chose the winners and we had a new record cash prize of $50,000. Our First Place winner of $30,000 was San Diego-based Ocella (now called Ateios), a team from UCSD who is creating a wearable flexible battery. The top 3 winners were Ocella, Aqua Design Innovations and Trust & Will, respectively. 

The 2017 10 Finalists:

Kevin Liang, Founder, Aqua Design Innovations; Paul Swaney, Co-founder, Enspero; Jennifer Cosco, CEO, Envy; Erik Groset, CEO, Fantasy Sports Co.; Ash Robinson, CEO, Fit4mom; Corey Mack, CEO, Laforge Optical; Lu Yin, CEO, Ocella; Greg Houlgate, CEO, Oska Wellness; Cody Barbo, CEO, Trust & Will; Cody Russell, CEO, Tunnel Vision VR

Thank You to Our 2018 Lead Sponsors