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The Winner


Founder - Michael Agustin

Congratulations are in order for our first ever WINNER of the Launchpad Expo, Michael A. Agustin, Founder of Curie! We cannot wait to see how Curie transforms the landscape of fashion #shopping in the #digital space. Curie leverages #AI to virtually project products onto your body letting you “try before you buy” from the comfort of your own home! Venture Mechanics is happy to be even a small  part of your journey to success!

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Vote Results:

Curie - 31

GET (Global Energy Transmission) - 16

OpenSeam - 12

Qdeck - 12 

OneForce - 9

Aterio - 7


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Over the past few weeks our distinguished panelists have vetted down the top six startups to present at this very first Launchpad Expo. This time around the companies are across multiple industries and ranging from pre-revenue to $7M ARR. Each presenter was coached by the mentors, Venture Mechanics staff and Melissa Reaves (our "storyteller in residence") to perfect the pitches they'll be giving in front of 100 accredited investors.

Due to generous sponsorships from Escalon, Insperity, Bernstein Wealth Management, Votegrity, StoryFruition and Venture Mechanics, we've been able get the ticket cost down to $0 for this event, so hurry up and register while we still have seats available. 

Future Launchpad Expos will each be focused on a vertical industry, such as AI, manufacturing automation, drone/aerospace, web3, fintech, agtech, firetech, hardware, health sciences, biotech, health & wellness, and cleantech. Look to future newsletters for announcements of when these monthly events will be open for startup applications, sponsorships and attendee reservations.

The Panelists

Our distinguished panel of mentors ("venture mechanics") for the Q4'2023 cohort includes:

Jeff Canin
Co-Manager at Element 8 Venture Fund; Investor-in-Residence at the Clean Energy Institute

Cliff Monlux

Founder, Managing Partner at Ramp Equity Partners & Ramp Catalyst

Patrick Lowndes
Serial entrepreneur and experienced angel investors; General Partner of Prota Ventures pre-seed fund

Mark Mueller-Eberstein
Serial entrepreneur, author, academic, and experienced investor; representing the
Alliance of Angels (AoA) and SWAN


Resident Pitch Coach
Melissa Reaves, StoryFruition


The event will begin at 1:30pm on Nov 7th and run until 6pm. Bellevue Mayor Dr. Lynne Robinson will be opening the event with a welcome message to our participating entrepreneurs and investors. An afterparty will follow for those who want to continue to hang out after 6pm with the other attendees or spend more time with the startup founders. 

Beginning in the Leonardo Room at 2pm sharp, each of the presenting companies will have 12 minutes to pitch, 8 minutes of Q&A with the panelists, and 8 minutes of Q&A with the audience. A crowdvote will be taken at the end of the presentations, courtesy of Votegrity, to determine the best company presentation. The winning company will receive prizes from Escalon, Venture Mechanics and StoryFruition.

Following the event there'll be a reception in the Boeing Room where the startups will each have a demo table.