Eligibility <> Information
For the first time in SageTank history, the event is open to both 7C students and alumni.
This year we accepted 7 startup teams to pitch.
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams receive cash prizes and a guaranteed one-on-one session with at least one of the Venture Capital firms Contrary, Crescent Fund, and Tech Coast Angels. If they like your idea, they're willing to invest up to $40k.
Applications closed March 27, 2022.
February 19: Applications open
March 27: Applications close
March 27-April 5: Interviews
April 8: Final 10 pitching teams announced
April 9-April 29: Preparation
April 30: Pitch Competition, Pomona College
May 2022: Post-Event Networking
SageTank accepts applicants at many stages of development: from an experienced team ready to scale, to a group of courageous friends dedicated to pursuing an idea.
However, applicants applying with just an idea need the concept developed enough to complete the required application. Some of these questions include:
What is the problem you're addressing?
What is the idea/product?
How do you plan to monetize your business?
"To make our event the most accessible to students, we don't require an operating history to apply. That allows anyone to enter entrepreneurship–in its most basic form, all you need is a problem and engaging solution"
-Nanea Haynes, Co-President
Teams that move past the applications were interviewed between March 25 and April 5. In this 30 minute session, Pomona Ventures members asked follow-up questions about the business model, team, and how SageTank would help their professional journey.
To help in the weeks leading up to the pitch, each team is granted two mentor-sessions with startup founders experienced in pitching to Venture Capital firms.
April 16: 1-2 hour mentor session
April 23: 1-2 hour mentor session
Immediately after the competition, Pomona Ventures welcomes attendees to stay for the mixer during which they can connect with professionals in VC, startups, tech, and other industries.
Pomona Ventures will circulate the collected contacts of participants, judges, mentors, and sponsors and encourage future collaboration.
In the months following SageTank, Pomona Ventures will send periodic updates informing our contacts of accomplishments from the organization, its membership, and the SageTank network.
Pomona Ventures will keep the entrepreneurial momentum progressing through future events and outreach. Follow us on social media to keep up with future Pomona Ventures opportunities.