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WATCH: Paul Carr hosts Pando's all-star $100k startup competition

By Nathaniel Mott , written on June 29, 2015

From The Pandoland 2015 Desk

Beyond the usual pitch-plus-q&a format, Pandoland's startup competition, hosted by Paul Carr, is a little different from others.

The grand prize isn't just a giant cardboard check and a vague wishing of luck. Rather it consists of a whopping $100k in actual investment from our panel of judges, with the actual terms of the investment thrashed out live on stage. 

This year's judges (along with Paul and Sarah on behalf of Pando) included Spark Capital's Bijan Sabet; VIP Capital's Jamie Hamilton; Facebook's Stan Chudnovsky; Forerunner Ventures' Kirsten Green; Jumpstart Foundry's Vic Gatto; SwitchPitch's Michael Goldstein; Tech Square Labs' Paul Judge; and Vegas Tech Fund's Zach Ware.

As you'll know if you attended the event live, the final negotiation was absolutely remarkable, featuring a surprise appearance from August Capital's David Hornik who crashed the stage to act as an unofficial attorney to the winning company. More on that tomorrow. 

On day one of the event the first five competing companies took to the stage to pitch. They were:

Haven, a Nashville startup that makes an Internet-connected, floor-mounted door lock. 
Expo, a file-sharing application that makes it easy to display content housed in services like Dropbox or Google Drive. 
Ezra's, an e-commerce startup devoted to craft spirits that hopes to boost the liquor industry by allowing distillers to share their stories directly with consumers.
Burro, an Austin-based company that serves as an "Uber for trucks" to help people with their moves or help businesses deliver items to their customers. (Previously covered on Pando here.)
BlueLight, a company that makes it easier for people to reach emergency responders with their cell phones without being bounced around directories or struggling to share their location during a crisis. (Previously covered on Pando here.)
Below is the full video of the pitches and the judges' comments. We'll post day two, and the final investment negotiation, tomorrow.