10
JAN
APP
‍OPENS
31
JAN
APP
CLOSES
9
FEB
WINNERS
ANNOUNCED

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

VIEW PROFILE
Eighth Day Foods

Creating plant-based proteins from the rotational crop, sweet lupins.

VIEW PROFILE
ERGO Bioscience

Fermenting carrots into plant-based myoglobin and casein

VIEW PROFILE
Grain4Grain

Developing low-carb flours by upcycling spent grain

VIEW PROFILE
Nanka

Producing plant-based meat, butter and fats from jackfruit, canistel and Microalgae

VIEW PROFILE
Restalk

Developing packaging pulp from upcycled agricultural waste

VIEW PROFILE
SAVRPak

Creating moisture-absorbing patch for hot and cold food delivery.

VIEW PROFILE
Farmstand

Running net zero carbon impact meal delivery service

VIEW PROFILE
Kafoodle

Operating B2B SaaS solution for food data in commercial kitchens.

VIEW PROFILE
Skira

Digitizing commodity supply chains to reduce brands’ climate footprint.

VIEW PROFILE
Wholechain

Building blockchain based traceability solution for trust, coordination, and transparency

VIEW PROFILE
Nulixir

Enhancing the performance of functional ingredients through smart

VIEW PROFILE
Every Body Eat

Producing better-for-you foods free from top allergens

VIEW PROFILE
Embion

Creating functional and active ingredients through proprietary biomass processing

VIEW PROFILE
Carolina Galdiz

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

VIEW PROFILE
Ivan Kirigin

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

VIEW PROFILE
Ezra Galston

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

VIEW PROFILE
Adrianna Samaniego

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

VIEW PROFILE
Gautam Gupta

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

VIEW PROFILE
Mendy Yang

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

VIEW PROFILE
Mike Miller

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

VIEW PROFILE
Elaine Russell

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

VIEW PROFILE
Brian Nichols

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

VIEW PROFILE
Zeya Yang

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

VIEW PROFILE
Marissa Campise

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

See All VCs
$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)