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Thursday, April 27 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
RustBuilt Startup Showdown
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The inaugural RustBuilt Startup Showdown features some of the most promising startups from Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Columbus and leading venture funds, family offices, and investors from around the region.

Each startup has 5 minutes to present their company to a dais of experienced investor judges. There will also be an audience vote, so be sure to vote for your favorite founders.

Participating Investors Include:
- 412 Venture Fund
- BlueTree Capital
- Chicago Ventures
- CincyTech
- Detroit Venture Partners
- Endeavor
- FarOut Ventures
- Fitt Capital
- Grouse Ridge Capital
- Hyde Park Venture Partners
- Magarac Venture Partners
- M25
- Platform Capital Management
- Pride Fund
- Plymouth Growth
- StartFast Ventures
- The Fund XX
- Valley Capital Partners
- More TBA

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Ilana Diamond

Managing Partner, 412 Venture Fund
Entrepreneurial executive with track record of leading and growing companies from early-stage to exit, including building management teams, managing mergers and acquisitions, and raising venture capital. Board leadership experience includes private companies and not-for-profit or... Read More →
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Sreekar Gadde

Partner, BlueTree Capital
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Jackie Dimonte

Partner, Chicago Ventures
Jackie is a partner with Chicago Ventures.Prior to joining Chicago Ventures, Jackie was a principal at Hyde Park Venture Partners, working with portfolio companies such as RoadSync, Podchaser, Fixer, FactoryFix, and PartySlate. Before that, she worked at Silver Spring Networks (now Itron), an IoT company for critical infrastructure... Read More →
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Sarah Douglas

Director, CincyTech
Sarah Douglas is a Director at CincyTech. Sarah began her career at Cambridge Associates in Arlington, Virginia where she was an analyst and team lead in the performance reporting group. Sarah holds Bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Marketing from the University of Kentucky.Lin... Read More →
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Jack Greco

Cofounder and General Partner, FarOut Ventures
Jack Greco is a father, founder and investor.  He cofounded or supported the early creation and growth of dozens of companies across Upstate New York, including ACV Auctions, and now dedicates time and capital as a founding GP at Far Out Ventures.In his spare time, he actively supports... Read More →
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Anthony Venarre

Founder/CEO, Fitt Capital
Anthony Vennare is the cofounder of Fitt Insider and Fitt Capital. As a lifelong athlete, strength coach, and former United States Marine, Anthony now works at the intersection of technology, venture capital, and health/fitness. An experienced operator, exited founder, and fund advisor... Read More →
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Gabriella Isturiz

Partner, The Fund XX
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Joseph Angotti

Principal, Grouse Ridge Capital
Joseph Angotti currently serves as a Principal with Grouse Ridge Capital. In his role, Joe is responsible for the evaluation, execution, and management of Grouse Ridge’s private equity and venture capital investments and strategy. Prior to joining Grouse Ridge Capital in 2019... Read More →
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Alison Weil Lechnir

Partner, Hyde Park Venture Partners
Allison is a Partner at Hyde Park Venture Partners and has been with the firm since 2019.Prior to HPVP Allison ran business operations for Civis Analytics, a Chicago-based data science software startup. She also co-founded Flag Analytics, a predictive analytics company focused on... Read More →
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Will Allen

Partner, Magarac Venture Partners
Will Allen has more than 10 years of experience as a business leader, investor, non-profit founder and professional athlete managing high-performing teams and producing outsized returns on investments. Mr. Allen has led investments and advised companies and start-ups on market growth... Read More →
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John Imbriglia

Partner, Platform Capital Management
John is a Partner at Platform Capital. Beyond sourcing and deal execution, John helps lead the firm’s fundraising, operations, and investor relations functions. Prior to Platform, John was a pre-product employee and a Managing Director at iCapital, a privately held financial technology company that powers the world’s... Read More →
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Olivia Goldstein

Vice President, StartFast
In late college, Olivia started pursuing a career with the CIA. Three years of unpaid internships and a very expensive specialized master’s degree later, she received a formal offer. Only 2 months later to have that offer rescinded because of student loan debt. When one door closes... Read More →

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Innovation Works

Our mission is to introduce, connect, support and expand the startup & entrepreneurial ecosystem within Southwestern Pennsylvania, making our region a center for innovative startups and tech investors from around the country.Our portfolio spans key sectors of strength in the Pittsburgh region including robotics, artificial intelligence, medical devices, retail technologies, enterprise software and others. Some high profile and fast growing portfolio companies include 4Moms, Wombat Security, Bossa Nova Robotics, JazzHR... Read More →
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RustBuilt.org is grassroots initiative that organizes events, provides resources, and fosters collaboration among entrepreneurs, investors, and community members in the region. The organization aims to create a more supportive environment for startups to attract talent, capital, and... Read More →

Thursday April 27, 2023 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
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