St. Pete Pitch Night


St. Pete celebrates all things entrepreneurial!  As St. Pete continues to grow and make strides to build capacity and density, we discover new and existing gaps that can be utilized as opportunities to keep our community moving forward.  St. Pete Pitch Night focuses on showcasing, elevating and seeding community-based businesses through a friendly pitch competition for a chance to win $5,000 toward a local startup.

We take pride in our community coming together to support the entrepreneurs that are helping to make this the city that we love. With that, the Greenhouse and USF St Pete’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business are teaming up again with Regions Bank to bring back St. Pete Pitch Night! St. Pete Pitch Night is planned to return for three dates in 2020, featuring businesses ready to make an impact in St. Pete – and beyond.

Join for a night of entertainment, entrepreneurship and competition. Don’t miss out on a fun and effective opportunity to make a connection and hear innovative ideas in a city that fosters and supports a strong entrepreneurial community!

  • Innovative pitches from five participants
  • Q&A from expert judges
  • Winner presentation with cash prizes

October 21, 2020
5 – 6:30 PM


VIRTUAL – Register for link to join on the live event, $5 to attend and support local entrepreneurs


The following five pitches were selected to participate:

  1. Kinstak
  2.  Startup Space
  3. WannaGo
  4. Embrew
  5. Cultured Books


To be eligible to apply as a participant, startups must meet the following requirements:

  • Scalable and/or innovative concept
  • In business for 4 years or less
  • Previously presented or scheduled to present at a 1 Million Cups (virtually held on Wednesdays at 9 AM) OR currently enrolled in an entrepreneurship program at a Tampa Bay college or University


PITCH #1 | Kinstak

Pitch # 1: Kinstak Carolyn Eagen, is Founder and CEO of Kinstak. Her background is in business development, data analytics, and marketing. She has over 20 years of professional experience in big data and leading top-performing teams in the US. Carolyn is a regular presenter at tradeshows and conferences across North America and an advocate for data privacy.

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PITCH #2 | Startup Space

David Ponraj is the CEO of @startupspaceapp, a social networking and resource platform for entrepreneurship ecosystem building. David is a serial entrepreneur and also has extensive experience leading tech platforms in corporate America where he served as an evangelist for intrapreneurship and innovation.
David launched Startup Space in June 2018 with the vision to help connect entrepreneurship ecosystem builders and their resources to small businesses in their communities and measure the impact of programmatic support to unlock investments back into the community.

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PITCH #3 | WannaGo

Rob Sanchez is the Founder of WannaGo St. Pete.  He has a cross-functional background covering app design, product marketing and social enterprises. Rob moved to St. Pete 2 years ago from Silicon Valley and quickly got connected and established roots here in St. Pete.

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PITCH #4 | Embrew

Ashley Haywood, is the founder and creator of the first sweetened artisan tea bags. She's a boy-mom, wife, health nut, and loves to travel. Simplicity is critical so she can juggle all of these things and give herself the moments she needs to grab a cup of amazing tea and go.

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PITCH #5 | Cultured Books

Lorielle J. Hollaway is the owner of
cultured books
, a pop-up bookstore within The Well located on Historic 22nd St. in St. Petersburg, FL. Since the sale of their first book, Life Doesn't Frighten Me by Maya Angelou, Illustrated by Jean Michel-Basquiat at Soul On The Deuces street festival in late 2017. Cultured Books has been partnering with organizations such as The WORD! Initiative, Keep St. Pete Lit!, NOMAD Art Bus and Deuces Live Inc. to bring literary + cultural programming to families in St. Pete.

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Congratulations to ALL the entrepreneurs who competed in October 2020 Virtual St. Pete Pitch Night!  View profiles below.  

TOP PITCH: Ashley Haywood, Embrew Tea

AUDIENCE CHOICE: Lorielle Hollaway, Cultured Books