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You're Invited: MVF Power Pitch 2017, May 2

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You're Invited: Third Annual Power Pitch Panel for Entrepreneurs

MVF Power Pitch 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 3:30pm-8pm, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 N. Warson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63132. $20 per person (includes networking reception)

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It’s not baseball, but it could be the most important pitch of the season for entrepreneurs who want to learn first-hand what potential investors expect from presenters. The Power Pitch program developed by MVF will feature mock presentations to actual investors by two start-up companies.

By observing mock presentations, entrepreneurs will gain valuable insights on how to best present and package presentations to attract the attention of potential investors, recognize and address what investors look for in a pitch proposal, understand how to increase the odds of successfully obtaining funding from reputable resources, and learn how to shorten the time between the pitch and profits.


The four-member investor panel is comprised of professionals from across the nation, including Victor Kats, managing director of Ascension Ventures, Brian Hopcraft, managing director of Lewis & Clark Ventures, St. Louis and Thad Langford, founding partner at Flyover Capital, Kansas City.

Mark your calendar and make a reservation NOW for Power Pitch, 3:30 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (975 N. Warson Rd., 63132). Following the presentations there will be a networking reception.

Event Schedule:
3:30pm-4:00pm - Registration
4:00pm - Program Begins
6:30pm - Networking Reception
The event is $20 per person and includes reception following the event. Click here to register.

Matt Kulig, President of MVF and co-founder of Aisle 411 Inc. said, “The ‘Power Pitch’ program is specifically designed to educate and empower entrepreneurs and falls in line with the many other innovative MVF programs and events held throughout the year that assist entrepreneurs through peer networking, topical education and access to capital resources.”  


2017 Power Pitch Presenters


Sparo Labs (Abby Cohen and Andrew Brimer)
The rising cost of chronic respiratory diseases is a healthcare burden worldwide. Sparo Labs is committed to tackling this issue by developing a pocket-sized device for diagnosis and monitoring of asthma, COPD, and cystic fibrosis. Sparo Labs's cost effective solution empowers patients and caregivers to quantitatively and proactively manage respiratory diseases. Through seamless integration with mobile devices, this solution bridges the gap between a medical device and a consumer product, crafting an engaging and meaningful user experience for both caregivers and patients. Putting this powerful technology in the hands of patients and in clinics worldwide will alter the diagnosis and management of respiratory diseases.
Abby Cohen
Abby Cohen is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Sparo Labs, an award-winning, digital health company dedicated to transforming respiratory care for patients. Abby was invited to Washington D.C. to pitch at the First Ever White House Demo Day in 2015. She was a Pipeline Fellow in 2013 and remains an active member in Pipeline, an exclusive community of entrepreneurial leaders building high-growth companies in the midwest region. Abby is also civically engaged serving as a Board Member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and a Member of the Cranbrook Educational Community Innovation Advisory Committee. Abby graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. While at WashU, Abby held a number of internships and research positions at Washington University Medical School, Wayne State University, and Stryker.
Andrew Brimer
Andrew Brimer is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Sparo Labs, an award-winning, digital health company dedicated to transforming respiratory care for patients.  A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Andrew graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and a minor in Energy Engineering. While at Washington University in St. Louis, he worked as a researcher in the Soft Nanomaterials Laboratory and co-authored articles in the journals Small and Analytical Chemistry. Before that, Andrew worked as a researcher in the Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Lab and the Center for Computational Mechanics. Andrew also worked on user experience design and game design for the social-gaming company GoCrossCampus (PickTeams). Andrew also was a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) and serves on the advisory board of the Lindbergh School District - Project Lead the Way Program.

Epharmix (Blake Marggraff)
Epharmix helps keep the 20% of toughest patients in touch with their care management teams automatically, creating value for risk-bearing healthcare providers by enabling care teams to more efficiently and effectively improve outcomes.
Blake Marggraff

patient populations. Epharmix has demonstrated meaning clinical outcomes for several major chronic conditions and has received recognition including the WUSTL Global Impact Award in 2016. Prior to founding Epharmix, Blake co-founded the education technology company Betabox Labs, scaling to dozens of universities across the U.S. Blake's passion for both technology and research originated during his work in nuclear medicine, one part of which was awarded the top prize at Intel's 2011 International Science and Engineering Fair.

About Missouri Venture Forum

Missouri Venture Forum (MVF) is a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for entrepreneurs designed to help them “Connect with people they are eager to meet, Discover new opportunities for success, and Grow their business to the next level.” More information is available at



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