Get Started San Diego

Pitch Your Startup –  Win $25,000 In Cash and Tech Solutions

Get Started San Diego (#GetStartedSD) is now accepting nominations for the live pitch event on Thursday, September 28th. San Diego-based startup founders can submit their business for a chance to pitch a seasoned panel of investors, entrepreneurs, and executives. One winner will receive a prize package worth $25,000 in cash and solutions including a Cox Business technology startup package.

Limited Seating Available – Register Today

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Pitch Submissions 
  • Pitch Submissions For This Event Are Closed 
  • Finalists pitching on stage at the live event will be announced and notified on September 12th


Register to Attend Get Started San Diego 

The local business and startup community is encouraged to attend this free event that will include:

  • Pitch competition featuring early and mid-stage startups
  • Insights from seasoned entrepreneurs, early-stage investors and global executives
  • Local food trucks, startup craft beer, cocktail and wine, desserts, and networking

WHEN: Thursday, September 28th, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

WHERE: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier – 1000 N Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101

ADMISSION: Free and open to the business community, but you must pre-register to attend


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The Get Started SD Moderator

Tim Washer
Creative Director at Cisco, Recognized Stand-up Comedian and Keynote Speaker

Tim studied improv under Amy Poehler, comedy writing with Tom Purcell, executive producer of The Colbert Report, and has appeared on SNL, Conan O’Brien, Onion Sports Network, and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He’s emceed events featuring Pixar CEO John Lasseter, Emmy-Winner Tony Hale (VEEP, Arrested Development) and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu.

Tim has performed at corporate events for IBM, Cisco, Deloitte, CDC, Google and The White House. His award-winning corporate work has been featured in The New York Times, WSJ, Ad Age, ADWEEK, and Fast Company. He has presented at Content Marketing World Sydney, SXSW and Forrester’s CMO Council. He holds an MBA from McCombs at UT Austin, where he majored in PowerPoint.


The Get Started SD Judging Panel


Brett Munster
Senior Associate, Sway Ventures

As Senior Associate at Sway Ventures, Brett Munster’s responsibilities include evaluating investment opportunities, coordinating the investment and due diligence process and managing the growth of existing portfolio companies.

Brett’s experience as a two-time entrepreneur and former operations executive has given him deep operational experience in early stage and growth phase companies. Prior to joining Sway Ventures, Brett ran day-to-day operations for AMO, a loss mitigation company, where he oversaw a portfolio of distressed assets that grew to $2.25 billion. Brett began his career at, a sports social networking website that he launched during his final semester at UC Berkeley and sold in 2009. Soon after, Brett launched his second start-up Visual Icon, an online platform aimed at streamlining the film clip licensing process.

Brett graduated from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and was an infielder and captain of the baseball team. He also holds an MBA from the University of Southern California where his focus was on entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.

Mike Young
Chief Technology Officer, Classy

Mike is the CTO of Classy, a social enterprise that creates world-class online fundraising tools for nonprofits, modernizing the giving experience to accelerate global social impact. Since 2011, fundraising on the Classy platform has doubled each year—resulting in thousands of nonprofits collectively raising over half a billion dollars. Classy partners with organizations of all sizes, from the fastest-growing non-profits such as Team Rubicon and Malala Fund, to some of the world’s largest social organizations, such as Acumen Fund, Oxfam, and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Based in San Diego, CA, Classy has raised $53 million to-date in growth capital and is backed by prominent technology investors including JMI Equity, Mithril, Salesforce Ventures, and Bullpen Capital.

Previously, Mike was the CTO at Redfin in Seattle, cofounded San Diego-based startup Yapert, and was Chief Architect at Plumtree Software in SF. Mike has worked with prominent investors from Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and more. Mike graduated from UC Berkeley with an EECS degree.

Al Bsharah
Vice President, Data & Analytics, Seismic

Al made his first “life-pivot” in 1998 when he moved from the Detroit auto industry (electrical engineer + developer) to being the 2nd employee and equity owner at a San Diego startup which was later acquired. He’s been involved with startups ever since, and his career has taken him down the business path.

He’s also founded two companies, sold one, raised money from both VCs and angels, and is a graduate of both TechStars and The Founder Institute. He was most recently the CEO of Email Copilot which was acquired by Return Path, and is now the VP of Data and Analytics at Seismic.

He’s got a loving wife, a son, a dog, a beach volleyball addiction, and a startup that keep him (in)sane!

kenKen Kraft
Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales Operations for Cox Business

Ken is the head of Cox Communications’ $2 billion business division that provides video, voice and data telecommunications services to businesses.   He is responsible for the overall marketing strategy, as well as tactical execution of marketing plans to drive revenue growth and customer retention and oversees SMB Marketing, Enterprise Marketing, Marketing Operations, Pricing, Sales Operations and Creative Services for Cox Business.  This includes customer segmentation, brand strategy/positioning, product marketing and support, pricing, digital marketing, social media, customer education and events/sponsorships.

He leads a nationwide team tasked with the creation and implementation of marketing strategies and campaigns to further accelerate top line revenue growth and customer retention within Cox Business. His leadership in the industry was recognized this year with a TAMI Award for Leadership in Business Services across the MSO community.


Kirsten Mangers
Managing Director, ChickLabs

Inc. 500, Red Herring Technology 100, TechAmerica, and Deloitte’s Fast 50 have recognized Kirsten’s companies. Kirsten was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and named Female Technology Leader of the Year by TechAmerica and American Women in Technology.

A serial entrepreneur, Ms. Mangers is the Managing Director of Chicklabs, an incubator & consulting practice for entrepreneurs. The Lab specializes in early to later stage growth companies in the sectors of SaaS, adTech, Edutech, Consumer Product Goods, Life Sciences & Med Device.

Kirsten is a Board Director for Chapman University’s Leatherby School for Ethics & Entrepreneurship and Chair Emeritus of the Board for the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County. She also serves on the Executive Committee of TiE South Coast and is a Director on several private company Boards. She has been frequently recognized by the media as among a prestigious list of “women innovating technology”. She was recognized by OC Metro Magazine as “20 Women to Watch,” received the Pearl Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the US Global Entrepreneur’s Association and was named an Entrepreneur of the Year by the British American Business Council.

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You can enter the Contest by visiting the official registration page at (the “Website”) and completing all of the required information and following all posted instructions. Contest is open only to legal residents of California who: (1) are at least 18 years of age; (2) are the owner, principal, or general manager of a business that is physically located within a Cox Business San Diego serviceable area. Entry Period begins July 31,2017. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT (1) YOUR MATERIALS ARE NOT CONFIDENTIAL AND NO CONFIDENTIAL OR FIDUCIARY RELATIONSHIP IS INTENDED OR CREATED BY ENTERING THE CONTEST; AND (2) THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY POSSESS OR COME TO POSSESS INFORMATION THAT IS SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL TO YOUR MATERIALS, AND YOU HEREBY AGREE THAT THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY USE SUCH SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL INFORMATION WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMPENSATION, OR CREDIT TO YOU. Void where prohibited. Contest subject to Complete Official Rules. To obtain a copy of Official rules visit To obtain a copy of the winner’s list, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to “Cox Business Get Started” Winners List, Marketing Department, Cox Communications, Inc., 6205-B Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328. Sponsor: Cox Communications, Inc., d/b/a Cox Business, 6205-B Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328. (c) 2017 Cox Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.

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