Uber Pitch brings entrepreneurs together with investors

By Polo Rocha, WisBusiness

UberPitch_webMichael Dando wants to bring hip hop to Madison’s classrooms. 

And he’s planning a forum that brings together local teachers and students who already teach and learn hip hop. But the UW-Madison doctoral curriculum student needs money for that, so he hopped on an Uber yesterday to get a 15-minute pitch with an investor. 

“One of the most meaningful planning meetings I’ve ever had was on an Uber ride,” Dando said afterwards. “I’ve sat through a ton of meetings that were five hours long, and I felt we got half as much done.” 

Dando was one of the 23 people in Madison who used Uber yesterday to get 15 minutes with an investor through a program that Uber launched in conjunction with the Forward Festival. Seventy requests came in for the program, though with only four investors, most people didn’t get a chance to pitch their ideas in the three-hour time window. Read more …

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