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Podium is the first-of-its-kind asynchronous pitch competition designed to deliver functional feedback to founders

⭐ Powered by Rhetoric ⭐
Every founder will receive guaranteed feedback from at least 3 VCs
$20,000 cash prize pool by Pilot, SeedInvest, Gunderson Dettmer, & more!
Completely virtual and asynchronous using Rhetoric
Questions? Reach out to us at hello@rhetoric.app

Brought to you by our amazing sponsors:

Ready to step up to the Podium?

Are you a founder exploring an idea, working on a pitch, preparing to apply to an accelerator, gearing up for a fundraising round, or just looking to expand your network? 
The podium is yours!


Podium by Rhetoric is a pitch competition designed to provide YOU, early stage founders, with actionable feedback on your pitch to help accelerate your entrepreneurial journey. Practice your pitch, get feedback, expand your network

How it works

Great news: this is the easiest pitch competition you'll ever apply to! 
1. Sign up for Rhetoric and record your pitch
2. Fill out a short application form with the link to your pitch in Rhetoric
3. 3+ VCs will add comments and questions inside Rhetoric

PS - Rhetoric is completely free 🆓

Meet the VCs

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Carolina Galdiz

Investor @ Chingona Ventures | Head of Community @ Rhetoric | Blueprint Investor Track @ Dorm Room Fund ⭐

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Ivan Kirigin

Investor & Managing Director @ Tango.vc | Investing in AI, ML, Robotics, and Climate 🤖

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Ezra Galston

Managing Partner @ Starting Line | Investing in consumer tech & the infra that empowers it 🔭

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Adrianna Samaniego

Investor @ Female Founders Fund | Passionate about removing inequalities & increasing diversity in VC + Tech 🔥

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Gautam Gupta

Founding Partner @ A* | Ex-COO/CFO @ Opendoor, Ex-CFO @ Uber 💥

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Mendy Yang

Investor @ Lerer Hippeau | Focused on B2B software and vertical SaaS products 💻

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Mike Miller

General Partner @ Liquid-2 | Investing in early-stage founders | Recovering Physicist turned founder turned VC 🧑‍🔬

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Elaine Russell

Investing @ Greycroft & Greycroft's Albertsons Fund | Product enthusiast & ex-founder | Consumer software 🍋

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Brian Nichols

Venture Partner @ Hustle Fund | UpLyft Syndicate Lead | Investing in pre-seed and seed stage founders 🌱

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Zeya Yang

Parter @ Andreessen Horowitz | Investing in the PM stack, future of collaboration, and next-gen GTM 🚀

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Marissa Campise

General Partner at Rucker Park Capital | Investing in FinTech, Logistics, Crypto + Web3 🏀

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Leo Polovets

General Partner at Susa Ventures | Developer tools & technical products + logistics & supply chain 🦍

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Roy Bahat

Head of Bloomberg Beta | Investing in the future of work 🖨️

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Samara Hernandez

Founding Partner @ Chingona Ventures | Invests in founders from all walks of life, at the earliest stages 🌎

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Mark Grace

Investor @ M13 | Early stage, consumer-focused 🌆

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Anthony Vennare

Founder + Managing Partner @ Fitt Insider | Investing in health, wellness and fitness companies 🏋️

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Andrew Parker

General Partner at Spero Ventures | Product designer turned VC 👋

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Fareed Mosavat

Chief Development Officer @ Reforge | Angel investor (Hightouch, Ondeck, and more) ⚡

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Renata Aráuz-DeStefano

Investments Manager @ Pivotal | Advance social progress and enable better lives 💗

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Andrew Kallick

Investor @ Listen Ventures | Founder @ Brandeoo & A Good Print | Investing in all things consumer 🏀

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Nia Johnson

Investing @ Polymath | Focused on consumer tech, creator economy, & web3 🎨

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Troy Henikoff

Managing Director @ MATH Venture Partners | Founder-turned-VC, active Techstars mentor, professor ➗

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Chris Howard

Founding Partner @ Fuel Capital | Investing in consumer, infra, & biz software 🏗️

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Nate Cooper

Managing Partner @ Barrel Ventures | Investing in F&B, Food-Tech, Consumer, Retail, D2C, & Supply Chain 🍷

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$10,000

1st place award
(non-dilutive)

$5,000

2nd place award
(non-dilutive)

$2,000

3rd place award
(non-dilutive)

$1,000

Honorable mentions (x3) (non-dilutive)