Built on the foundation of the chamber’s Kirkland Startup Weekend, Kirkland Investor Sharks will provide local startup businesses with an opportunity to pitch to a panel of some of venture capitalists and angel investors from the Pacific Northwest region, including Gregg Bennett, Haresh Ved, Gregory Brown and others. The event will be moderated by Todd Dean, a local leader in the entrepreneur and investment community. The investor panel is looking for tech-based ideas that will bring new contributions to the market.
“We are thrilled to co-host an event with Kirkland Performance Center that allows startup companies a chance to connect with some of the most highly regarded investors in the Pacific Northwest and introduce the wider community to the incredible innovation that we have happening in our region,” said chamber executive director Samantha St. John.
In keeping with the spirit of fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs, ticket sales benefit a scholarship program, in which free tickets are provided to local high school and college students to watch the action.
The event will be at KPC, 350 Kirkland Ave. in Kirkland, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. HP’s Smokehouse BBQ food truck will be on-site to provide food to attendees. The show itself will begin at 7 p.m. and wrap up at 9:30 p.m.
General admission tickets are $35 and include the main reception and access to the live show. The VIP package contains a private reception, opportunities to speak with the investors and a personal swag bag for $150.
Tickets are on sale now at sharks.kirklandchamber.org.
“Kirkland Performance Center is excited to partner with the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce in this unique event to highlight startup weekend in our community,” said KPC managing director David Bander. “Kirkland Investor Sharks is designed to keep the focus on business while still putting forth an entertaining event that anyone can enjoy.”