PITCH CLUB – THE GLOBAL TALENT PROGRAMME
The PITCH CLUB is a global talent discovery and mentoring programme dedicated to dialogue and collaboration across industries. Designed as a roadshow series, we host themed PITCH CLUB events around the world. At each stop-over we select new members into The PITCH CLUB NETWORK. They receive personal mentorship, marketing support, access to financing and connections to a global network to ultimately perfect their pitch and turn their ideas into reality.
WHO IS PART OF THE PITCH CLUB? The “Artistic Entrepreneurs” – we are looking for entrepreneurial minded creators who have ready-to-pitch ideas. We mix filmmakers with technologists, authors with architects, journalists with data scientists, screenwriters with researcher to find truly original ideas and accelerate learning beyond industry walls.
HOW CAN PARTNERS GET INVOLVED? The PITCH CLUB is supported by a network of global and local partners – government institutions, corporations, investors, universities and research labs. In each city we work with these partners to define the theme and scout for the best talent.
The club and event series is invite-only. If you are interested in joining or hosting a PITCH CLUB, please contact Romy Kraus.
OUR JOURNEY SO FAR …
CAMBRIDGE: The Brain
In collaboration with the University of Cambridge. The PITCH CLUB Cambridge was hosted at Peterhouse Theatre – the oldest college provided a suitably contrasting backdrop for the dialogue about the future of media and television and the impact of technology on bioscience and the growing ‘quantified self movement’. Jason Silva, futurist and host of NatGeo show BRAIN GAMES took to the stage with Hunter Lee Soik, creator of dream-journal and recording app SHADOW.
CAMBRIDGE: 10 Years From Now
We visited SVC2UK‘s annual summit in Cambridge - SVC2UK brings together early stage investors, successful serial entrepreneurs, students and alumni to discuss and debate how and why they have come to create and fund today’s most disruptive technologies that aim to change our world. What may product design, transportation, commerce, healthcare & medical innovations look, sound and feel like in 20 years from? We debated Hoverboards, Financial Markets, Surgical Robotics, Education and Future Cities with experts from Facebook, Google, August Capital, Edmodo and Intuitive Surgical.
TEL AVIV: The Crowd
In collaboration with Google Campus Tel Aviv. The PITCH CLUB Tel Aviv brought together founders from some of the most innovative companies of the ‘Startup Nation’ Israel with television executives and participants from EMC’s Game Show master class. With the help of 10kg of LEGO, they jointly dissected the mechanics of formats from the legendary creators of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ and mapped scenarios to re-invent these historic shows ‘in today’s times of the crowd’ and with the help of today’s social media technologies.
NEW YORK: Storytelling x Data Science
In collaboration with the MADE IN NY MEDIA CENTER by IFP and NYC MediaLab, the PITCH CLUB New York focused on talents and ventures in online journalism and crowd-funded film making and distribution. Among the selected projects were the Kickstarter funded feature documentary “Be Here Now – The Andy Whitfield Story”, human story platform Narrative.ly and Glossy.io
BERLIN: Maker Movement
At TECH OPEN AIR (TOA) in Berlin we scouted for product ideas and entrepreneurs from Berlin’s burgeoning hardware renaissance and the maker movement.
BERLIN: TV x TECH
In collaboration with medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. The Pitch Club Berlin brought together founders from Berlin’s creative startup scene and a group of international media and television executives. The young entrepreneurs pitched their products to a jury of television directors, presidents of broadcast networks and YouTube channel managers. The brief was to present ideas around extensions of their mobile apps into TV. Many of the presented startups already enjoy a following of millions of users online but were looking to reach a broader audience. Therefore the question remained: ‘What If … Your App would be a TV show?’. Berlin/New-York based startup SHADOW emerged as the product with most televisual potential. The innovative mobile alarm clock helps you to remember, record and share your dreams. Read the interview with SHADOW Founder Hunter Lee Soik on FastCompany.
One week after the Pitch Club win, SHADOW successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign. The funding goal of 50k Euro was reached within only 8 days. SHADOW is set to be released mid 2014. BERLIN PITCH CLUB – Gallery:
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