- Heather Schnepf at Power Pitch4 days ago
One entrepreneur is offering fans a ticket to those coveted luxury suites.
Todd Lindenbaum, founder and CEO of SuiteHop, says, "Billions of dollars are left on the table every year as suites are left half full, or even worse, completely empty for thousands of events." To fill them, Lindenbaum has created the first online platform where individuals and businesses alike can book suites in sports and entertainment venues.
Watch Lindenbaum pitch his start-up in just 60 seconds to a board member of New York Angels, Alicia Syrett, president of Corum Group, Nat Burgess, and a partner at Collaborative Fund, Kanyi Maqubela. Will the founder hit a home run or strike out? Click the video to find out.
Before SuiteHop, Lindenbaum founded Sports Shares, a membership program with access to suites in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Denver. But members started to request suites in new cities.
"Excessive middleman arbitrage, lack of wide availability and a complex sales process all contributed to the challenges in the luxury suite market," said Lindenbaum.
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch11 days ago
Two female entrepreneurs are making over the beauty industry. And they're doing it from your phone.
"Think Open Table, but for beauty services," says Hillary Hutcheson.
Hillary Hutcheson and Ritika Gill founded Beauty Booked, an app they say provides 24/7 real-time access to thousands of top salons.
Watch the duo pitch their start-up in just 60 seconds to Sonja Hoel Perkins of Broadway Angels, Deborah Jackson, founder and CEO of Plum Alley, and Jessica Peltz, Venture Capitalist at KBS+ Ventures.
Will the panel call Beauty Booked a beautiful thing or say, get a makeover?
Hutcheson and Gill met working at major French cosmetics and beauty company, L'Oreal.
"Given our busy lifestyles, we were accustomed to managing all areas of our lives online, from restaurant reservations, to travel to doctors' appointments. We couldn't understand why an online booking solution for beauty services didn't exist," the founders told CNBC.
- Heather Schnepf at Power Pitch18 days ago
One female founder is taking on a male-dominated industry by getting under its skin. She's developed a line of men's personal care products with "edgy design and personality." Helixfounder Sindhya Valloppillil Kalghatgi says its mission "is to provide affordable luxury grooming for professional men."
Watch Kalghatgi pitch her start-up to angel investor Nisa Amoils, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures founder Charlie O'Donnell and television personality and fashion designer Carson Kressley. Watch the video to find out if the CNBC "Power Pitch" panelists were in or out.
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch1 mth ago
A start-up is turning its experience in military defense systems into a high-tech app for furniture shopping. The techie behind it says the app transforms the shopping experience by helping furniture shoppers see exactly what that new sofa will look like in their living room—before they buy it.
It's called Cimagine, and its founder, Yoni Nevo, says it's a game changer.
Watch Nevo pitch his new technology to panelists Alicia Syrett, board member of the New York Angels, Maxwell Ryan, Apartment Therapy founder, and Nat Burgess, Corum Group president. Will the "Power Pitch" judges envision his start-up as the next big thing?
Nevo and his wife always had trouble imagining how furniture would look in their home while shopping.
- Heather Schnepf at Power Pitch1 mth ago
A new app promises to turn your smartphone into a digital watchdog for personal finances. While it hunts for credit-card fraud in real time, it also searches the web for ways to save you cash while you shop. It's called BillGuard, and the app's creator, Yaron Samid, says, "BillGuard's mission is to empower people to better control, protect and do more with their money."
Watch Samid pitch his start-up to Alicia Syrett, board member of the New York Angels, Stephanie Palmeri, principal at SoftTech VC, and David Wu, general partner at Maveron. Will the panel be in or out on his big idea? Watch the video to find out.
Samid said he came up with the idea four years ago when his wife became the victim of credit fraud. A Google search of the fraudulent charge revealed thousands of other victims complaining about the same thing. The incident drove Samid to bring together data scientists, mathematicians and security experts to start BillGuard.
- Heather Schnepf at Power Pitch1 mth ago
A group of neuroscientists has created the first energy-drink designed to give a boost to your brain. It's called truBrain, and according to the company's CEO Chris Thompson, it packs a punch that's much smarter than a jolt of caffeine.
"Our mission is to quantify attention and productivity in the brain, and optimize performance," said Thompson.
Watch Thompson pitch his start-up to Vast Ventures partner Nikhil Kalghatgi, Pantegrion Capital founder and CEO Alicia Syrett and Maveron principal Rebecca Kaden. Will the drink quench the CNBC "Power Pitch" panel's thirst or leave a bad taste in their mouths? Watch the video to find out.
Thompson is the entrepreneur behind the smart-drink start-up, but the brain power behind the recipe comes from two UCLA researchers, Aida Attar and Andrew Hill, who lead the research and development.
- Heather Schnepf at Power Pitch2 mths ago
Sending flowers is common practice for saying "thank you" or "just because." However, co-founder of flower delivery start-up UrbanStems, Ajay Kori, said, "Sending flowers online today relies on a really inefficient process that can be really frustrating." He said his on-demand delivery start-up aims to nip those inefficiencies in the bud.
Watch the above video to see Kori pitch his start-up to a panel with Kelly Hoey, an angel investor and advisor to early stage companies, Kanyi Maqubela, venture partner at Collaborative Fund, and Jenny Lefcourt, partner at venture capital firm Freestyle. Will this start-up blossom, or will the panel nip it in the bud? Watch the video to see what happens.
Quality flowers quickly
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch2 mths ago
With ski season in full swing, one Colorado start-up is revamping the traditional ski boot. Unlike those old-school boots, Apex Ski Boots founder Denny Hanson says, you'll find his comfortable.
Watch Hanson pitch his start-up to a panel with Dennis Crowley, a former ski and snowboard instructor and Foursquare founder, Sam Moulton, executive editor of Outside Magazine , and Alicia Syrett, a lifelong skier and New York Angels board member.
Will this panel on CNBC's "Power Pitch" call the boots Black Diamond worthy? Click the video to find out.
A ski industry veteran and skier of 60 years, Hanson is no bunny to the slopes. He co-founded Hanson Ski Boots with his brother Chris. The two introduced a rear entry ski boot in the 1970s. The goal then was to make getting in and out of ski boots easier.
With Apex Ski Boots, a start-up founded in 2008, the Hansons are going for comfort.
"The biggest complaint from skiers of all ages and abilities is that their boots are uncomfortable," Denny Hanson told CNBC.
- Heather Schnepf at Power Pitch2 mths ago
Step up your shoe game, says Evan Fript and Ben Earley, founders of Paul Evans, a luxury menswear brand.
Watch the cofounders give their 60-second pitch to a panel with Carter Weiss, founding partner at Silas Capital, Alicia Syrett, founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital, and Kent Bennett, venture partner at Bessemer Ventures. Will the "Power Pitch" panel make them a shoe in or will they get cold feet? Watch the video to see what happens.
Best foot forward
While working in finance, Fript and Earley searched for affordable and stylish, high-quality shoes. They said they faced limited options in retail stores, so they decided to complement their custom suits with their very own footwear brand. "We know what young, successful, professional men want. We feel strongly that today's man is much more fashion forward and excited about looking great then ever before. This of course includes having the best shoes on the market," said Fript.
"We believe that shoes make the man," added Fript.
More quality for less
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch3 mths ago
Join the lingerie revolution, says French entrepreneur Morgan Hermand-Waiche. While shopping for his girlfriend, Hermand-Waiche found only expensive lingerie in limited sizes, an experience that led him to unhook the lingerie industry as we know it. He says his e-commerce start-up takes the best of Zara, Victoria's Secret and Amazon to produce fashionable and affordable intimates.
CNBC gave Hermand- Waiche just 60 seconds to reveal his new lingerie line to a panel of experts with Kelly Hoey, Cuurio Chief Marketing Officer, Nikhil Kalghatgi, Vast Ventures Partner, and Alicia Syrett, CEO of Pantegrion Capital. Will they find his start-up hot, or not? Watch the video to find out!
Boosting bottom lines
The Adore Me website
"We work with the largest manufacturers who supply large brands such as Calvin Klein, Victoria's Secret and DKNY," the founder told CNBC.
Inventory ranges from matching sets of bras and panties, to a plus-size collection, corsets and sleepwear, even swimwear. The founder said his start-up launches 30 to 40 new lingerie sets monthly.