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Marlon Nichols Talks About The Best Way To Pitch Investors - Startup of the Year Podcast

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On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear an “Ask Me Anything” session from our 2020 Summit, where the Established Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Jen Consalvo, talked with Marlon Nichols, who is a founding managing partner at MaC Venture Capital.

Marlon is a former Kauffman Fellow and Investment Director at Intel Capital, with an extensive background in technology, private equity, media and entertainment. His unique eye for global trends and shifts in consumer behavior has helped him capture many high-potential investments, which include Gimlet Media, MongoDB and many other companies that reflect overlooked markets.

Marlon was also recently featured in an LA Times full spread article on the front page of the business section ( and he is als an investor in SoLo funds, which is also one of our Established Ventures portfolio companies.

We also want all of our listeners to know that the 2021 Startup of the Year Application is open! The top 100 startups will come together for additional opportunities to connect, showcase, and potentially take home the title of Startup of the Year at our annual Summit. You can see if your startup fits our criteria and apply today at:

We also want to let our listeners know about some of our partner deadlines that are coming up. The DoD SBIR/STTR 2021.2 deadline is June 17th and you can apply at the following link:

The Greater Colorado Pitch Series Application deadline is June 18th and you can find the info for the event at the following link:

Lastly, the SBA Growth Accelerator and SBIR Catalyst Prizes deadline is July 2nd and you can apply at the following link:

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Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource. Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year. The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at a potential investment.

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