Building community and creating inclusive funding and mentoring opportunities are equally important to building an equitable and progressive tech ecosystem.

In the words of Paul Judge, Panoramic Ventures Managing Partner, “Progress comes from continuing to tell the story that diversifying VC is not just the right thing to do, but the profitable thing to do.”  

Panoramic Ventures and Capital Factory are both dedicated to creating unique opportunities for early-stage startups to present to well-known investors and innovators in the tech ecosystem as they look to take their company to the next level.  

As a leader in the tech ecosystem, Panoramic Ventures launched Startup Showdown, a monthly pitch competition for early-stage startups, and this year the competition is on tour!  

Startup Showdown will be in Austin and partnering with Capital Factory to build upon the momentum of the tech ecosystem in the city!  

From the hundreds of startup applications, 25 semifinalists will be selected to attend Mentor Day to further refine their pitch, and then five finalists are selected to compete in front of a panel of guest investor judges to win $120,000 investment prize and join the Panoramic portfolio. 

Our judges for the event include Panoramic Ventures Managing Partner Paul Judge, Capital Factory CEO Josh Baer, and Royal Head of Growth Nait Jones. 

This will be the 10th competition since inception, having stopped in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Miami previously. Meet the previous winners here:  


Event Date: Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. 

Tickets for Event: Free to Attend – RSVP here 

To learn more about Startup Showdown and apply for future Startup Showdown pitch competitions, visit   

For additional questions, connect with Tami McQueen at [email protected].