In a series of fast-paced, strictly timed three-minute presentations, 12 early-stage startups will share how their innovative technologies are addressing important challenges in retail. The judges and audience will rate each pitch, and the top six startups will progress to Round 2. Here, the “Shark Reef” judges will ask each founder/CEO pointed questions about their solutions. The judges and audience will again rate each finalist, with a Judges’ Choice and Audience Choice Winner announced at the end of the session.


Dov Kaufmann, Co-Founder & CEO, Tolstoy

James Theuerkauf, Co-Founder & CEO, Syrup Tech

Benjamin Benichou, Co-Founder & CEO, Drop

Fran Brzyski, Founder & CEO, Hark

Prince Ghosh, Founder & CEO, Factored Quality

Christina Czap, Co-Founder & CEO, Seer

Deepak Jain, Founder & CEO, Wink

Tope Mitchell, PhD, Co-Founder & CEO, ReflektMe



Deborah Weinswig, Founder & CEO, Coresight Research (Judge & Emcee)

Matt Nichols, General Partner, Commerce Ventures (Judge)

Anna Barber, Partner, M13 (Judge)

Brooke Kiley, Partner, VMG Catalyst (Judge)