Organizers say Drive-in Pitch Night will return; Home Lending Pal wins first competition

Organizers say Drive-in Pitch Night will return; Home Lending Pal wins first competition

Lana Udalov received a, well, different response to her business pitch Friday night. As she finished her presentation on her hotel management startup HKeeper, a chorus of cars in a downtown Orlando parking lot honked their horns in approval. Udalov...
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The seven startups pitching at Drive-in Pitch Night on Friday

The seven startups pitching at Drive-in Pitch Night on Friday

A small semblance of normality – albeit in an altered state – returns Friday when seven local startups participate in Drive-in Pitch Night. The event will give young companies a chance to share what they are working on and receive...
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Startups to head downtown for unorthodox drive-in pitch night

Startups to head downtown for unorthodox drive-in pitch night

It’s going to be unfamiliar. It’s going to be a challenge. But at least it’s going to be a pitch night, an event that helps young companies gain much-needed exposure. Starter Studio has partnered with Project Orlando, the Orlando Economic...
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Elevator Pitch: PaperStac is like an ‘eBay of mortgage notes’

Elevator Pitch: PaperStac is like an ‘eBay of mortgage notes’

The downtown Orlando-based startup PaperStac has been building a strong business around mortgage note transactions. While building, the company has often found itself a huge audience at conferences. To do that, the company has to have its elevator pitch down.....
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Startup U: Founders tell their stories of triumph, struggle, entrepreneurship

Startup U: Founders tell their stories of triumph, struggle, entrepreneurship

The human story has entrepreneurship embedded within it. You have the thrill of victory (hello, funding round). It’s the agony of defeat (hello, pivot – or worse). You have everything in between. One guiding principle behind stories I have told...
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