1. THE SUITE
The winning team will receive a complimentary three-night stay in a luxury suite at Hotel Zeppelin, San Francisco. Hotel Zeppelin is a beautiful boutique hotel that is centrally located in San Francisco’s hip Nob Hill, a few blocks from Union Square and a two-minute walk to the cable car stop. Close to venues like the San Francisco Playhouse and Phoenix Theater, this boutique hotel has several one, and two-bedroom suites perfect for groups and teams to stay together. At Hotel Zeppelin, you can enjoy features like a fitness center with city views, Rambler restaurant and the Den, a 1300 square foot game room where you can order drinks and lounge, brainstorm, or engage in some team building through games of shuffleboard or skee ball.
2. MEETINGS WITH TOP INVESTORS
ERIC WIESEN – GENERAL PARTNER, BULLPEN CAPITAL
Eric joined Bullpen in 2015 from RRE Ventures, where he was a General Partner. Current areas of focus include financial services and technology, consumer products and manufacturing, marketing technology and next-generation computer interfaces. Current investments include BentoBox, Beyond Pricing, Drive Motors, Splitwise and Suiteness. Eric is also a board member at Imgix and Yieldbot and an advisor to several companies. Successful prior investments include Bitly (acq: Spectrum Equity), Braintree (acq: PYPL), Flipswap (acq: Hyla Mobile), Hyperpublic (acq: GRPN), Makerbot (acq: SSYS), TapCommerce (acq: TWTR), Singleplatform (acq: CTCT), and Venmo (acq: Braintree). He also sourced or led a number of other investments including Bark & Co., Collective Health, NerdWallet, Paperless Post, Sailthru, Viglink, and YipitData.
LUDWIG ENSTHALER – PARTNER, GLOBAL FOUNDERS CAPITAL
Ludwig Ensthaler serves as a partner at international venture fund Global Founders Capital. GFC is a globally oriented, stage agnostic venture fund which specializes in Seed, Early Stage Venture, and Later Stage Venture Investments. Empowering gifted entrepreneurs worldwide, their reach spans across the E-Commerce, Finance, Travel, Marketplaces, Advertising, Social Media, and software industries. Ludwig also holds a seat as a Board Member as Spot Hero, the leading parking reservation service. Ludwig received his master’s degree at the University of Cambridge, and his Ph.D. from the Humboldt University of Berlin.
ERIC SCOTT – PARTNER, SCIFI VC
Eric Scott is an early state investor and partner at SciFi VC. SciFi VC invests in early stage companies whose defensibility is derived from hard technical feats, network effects, and complex highly regulated industries. SciFi began as the investment arm of Max Levchin’s startup studio, HVF. Eric is also a member of the Board of Directors for startup Kalo, formerly known as Lystable, and SolveBio. Prior to these experiences, Eric rose to be Head of Investment at HVF Labs and held an interim position as Vice President of Strategy for startup Glow, Inc. Eric also has experience starting his own startup, managing product roadmaps to success and has helped countless startups secure early stage funding to take off.
BORIS SILVER – CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, FUNDERSCLUB
Prior to starting FundersClub, Boris Silver was founder and CEO of Sport Interactiva, a leading fantasy sports gaming company on Facebook (sold to Citizen Sports, which was then acquired by Yahoo!). He was previously named an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship by Wharton and serves as an advisor to First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund. Previously, he worked at Bunge, a global agribusiness, in their Commodity Risk Management Training Program. He has been named to the Forbes 30 under 30 in Tech and to Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Boris graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is also an alumnus of Y Combinator.