A new radio game show is giving Pittsburgh entrepreneurs a chance to pitch before a panel of investors in the spirit of “Shark Tank.”
“Running With the Bulls”
is a six-week segment featured on “Your American Story,” a radio show hosted by South Hills businessman, entrepreneur and politician D. Raja.
Extending the legacy of Pittsburgh entrepreneur and radio host Ron Morris, "Your American Story" is an introspective survey of American innovators and risk-takers and the challenges they face.
“Running With the Bulls” was created with direction from early startup incubator Idea Foundry. It gives local entrepreneurs a chance to gain exposure and—if successful—funding, says Mike Matesic, CEO.
“It’s a new forum that introduces companies to potential investors and customers,” says Matesic. “We hope some strategic alignments will come out of this.”
Companies in the lineup include Wombat, Safaba, Intellomed and Zuluma. Much like the popular TV version, startups pitch their concepts to three seasoned investment professionals: Roger Byford of the BlueTree Venture Fund, Mel Pirchesky of Eagle Ventures and Alicia McGinnis of the Audrey’s Kitchen Venture Fund.
While most of the startups on the program are selected from the Idea Foundry portfolio, others are considered, Matesic says.
“We’re looking for companies with a product or service that is easy to understand in a one-hour format,” he says.
The show airs Sunday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. on FM Newstalk 104.7. Previous programs may also be streamed online.
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Mike Matesic, Idea Foundry