Archive for September 2014

Our StartUp Cup Judges

Our StartUp Cup Judges Tressa Williams, Kevin McClelland, Bruce Knopf, Waleed Fahmy and Bill Claggett during the Sept. 10th Judging Session at CreaTV. At the end of the day the judges selected the 6 Finalists to continue on in the StartUp Cup Competition.1st.Judges-2

Waleed Fahmy

It was a great pleasure to have Waleed Fahmy, the 1st place winner of the 2012 Cairo StartUp Cup Competition, join our judging panel on Sept. 10th. Waleed brought a wealth of experience to the panel, providing thoughtful questions and insights to our entrepreneurs. They benefited a great deal having him as part of our judging panel.Waleed.cropped


StartUp Cup Business Model Competition. On October 29th the six finalists will present a two-minute pitch to the panel of local StartUp Cup judges.

The Top 6 finalists are: Eric Vaughn – BOXX, Inc., Areti Kampyli-Mazet and Raphael Mazet – CliqStart, Paiman Vahdati – Flickflyer, Frances Nevarez – FUTBOLCONNECT, Inc., Carlo Matteucci and Elizabeth Matteucci – InstaFlorist, and Early Boykins III – Rouge Reel.

Before the final presentation round on October 29th, the six finalists will receive specialized coaching in two main areas: business model and pitching techniques. This coaching will connect them to resources and expertise to help polish their business model and pitching skills for the final round of judging.

The top Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition first place winner will receive 25 hours of coaching, the second place business model will receive 15 hours of coaching, and the third place business model will receive 10 hours of coaching. Our Judges and Coaches donate the coaching hours. The top three winners will be announced during the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition celebration that will be held during Global Entrepreneurship zWeek at West Valley College on November 20, 2014.

Sponsors of the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition are: Focus Business Bank, Meriwest Credit Union, and West Valley College.

For more information about the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup Business Model Competition and Resource Information, please visit the Website at

About StartUp Cup

StartUp Cup is a local grassroots business model competition open to any idea. It is a proven model to build businesses and create jobs. Its objective is to launch more than 50 local competitions resulting in a growth of 150 viable businesses with more than 20,000 jobs every year. Visit for more information.