Are you an early stage Latin tech founder looking for an opportunity to get the funding and support you need to drive your business forward? Pitch your company for the chance to receive investments and services from some of the leading venture firms and corporations in the Midwest. Free to enter. Open to the public, nationwide!
1871 is hosting a three-round virtual pitch competition, in which Latin-led tech startups will pitch their company for a chance to win a cash prize and equity opportunities from our notable VC partners.
We are excited to hear from Latin tech founders about the businesses you are building and support you [and your business!] with the right funding and resources.
Our LTNtech initiative supports Latin entrepreneurs & leaders with regular programming, tailored resources, mentorship, & community designed to help them embrace their unique strengths & break down the barriers they face.
In 2021, venture capital investors funneled $150 billion to startups but only 2.1% of those funds were distributed to Latin founders. Despite the rapid growth of Latin entrepreneurship, there is a vast and growing funding gap (Source).
This event activates our community of early stage startups, corporate partners, venture capitalists and the wider tech ecosystem. As a collective we aim to deepen the pool of funds that Latin founders can access.
Learn more about our affinity programs under LTNtech Founders here.
The applicants are screened and the top 20 are notified if they are to move onto the semi-finals. The competition is open to non-members, across the US. See eligibility before applying.
The top 20 founders will pitch virtually to a panel of business leaders for a chance to win a finalist spot in the next phase. Only the top 5 will advance to our finalist event. This round will be closed to the public.
Top 5 finalists will participate by pitching (hybrid options available) to a panel of judges consisting of business leaders and major VC’s in our network for funding & awards.