St. Pete Pitch Night Announces Selected Participants

Virtual St. Pete Pitch Night returns Wednesday, October 21, featuring businesses ready to make an impact in St. Pete and beyond. The event celebrates the local entrepreneurial community while cheering on a friendly competition. St. Pete Pitch Night focuses on showcasing, elevating and seeding community-based businesses. 

The Greenhouse and USF St Pete’s Kate Tiedemann College of Business are proud to partner with Regions Bank to bring back the second round of Virtual St. Pete Pitch Night 2020, where five local start-ups can win $5,000 in funding to accelerate their business growth.  

The Greenhouse received 30 applications from interested parties and the selected five participants for the October 21st event were announced live at Virtual 1 Million Cups St. Pete on Octoober 7 and include: Kinstack, Startup Space, Wanna Go, Ember Teas and Culture Books.  

For More Information: Visit or call 727-893-7146 

Pitch # 1:
Carolyn Eagen

Carolyn Eagen is the female founder of Kinstak, a tech start-up in Tampa, FL. She is building an easy way for parents to automatically organize their photos and find them. She’s looking for parents that are interested in trying my beta version for free as she builds it out. 

Kinstak automatically organizes photos, videos, and media into interesting categories such as, birthdays, holidays, vacationsThis makes that content easy to find and share them privately with friends and family. 

Pitch # 2:
Start Up Space – 
David Ponraj

 David is the CEO of Startup Space, 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. 

Today, cities using Startup Space for connecting entrepreneurs to resources include Detroit, Denver/Boulder and Minneapolis. We also work with state governments like Maine and universities like University of Nevada to support entrepreneurship and economic development across statewide initiatives.

Pitch # 3:
Wanna Go –
Rob Sanchez 

WannaGo St. Pete helps adventure seekers discover local activities and experiences, meet cool people and connect with awesome local businesses in their neighborhoods. 

We are constantly searching for the best local activities and we want to share them with you so that more people go out and get active in their area. Above all, we want you do fun things and we’re here to help in any way we can.  

Pitch # 4:
Embrew Teas –
Ashley Haywood

They’ve carefully paired simple ingredients to create complex flavors with high-quality tea and natural craft sweeteners. You can brew in one step with easy clean-up and biodegradable waste.  

Their tea products are hand-blended, direct trade, and sustainably packaged. They give their customers visibility to our supply chain so there are no secrets about where the raw materials come from. Customers can drink up knowing their cup is full of ethically-grown, carefully-sourced, rich and balanced flavor.  

Pitch # 5:
Cultured Books – 
Lorielle Hollaway

Cultured Books is a children’s bookstore, with a mission to first foster a love of self by showing positive images and sharing great stories about people of color. The organization hosts story times, book clubs, and even community events. Their most recent, Kids Lit!: Poetry in the Gardens, social justice through poetry was explored. 

Cultured Books’ goal is to nurture a reading culture within our community and they do this by curating great books, engaging book clubs, and community events that inspire