Selection Committee

Ultra Light Startups maintains a set of Selection Committees to select the presenters at our pitch events. Selection committees are composed of investors, service providers, and community leaders in the startup ecosystem.

Joining the Selection Committee is by invitation only.  Invitations are offered to people who refer startups to our events.  If you’d like to join the Selection Committee, find a startup who should present at Ultra Light and have him fill in the application form for internet/software startups and for energy/cleantech startups.  Once we receive an application from a qualified startup that references you, we’ll invite you to the Selection Committee.

The only duty of the Selection Committee is to review startup applications and give opinions on which are the best.  Roughly once per month, you’ll be sent a list of 20-40 applications to review and rate.  Rating startups takes 2-4 hours.

Benefits to selection committee members include

  1. Free admission to events
  2. Visibility to the Ultra Light Startups community in our email newsletter, social media, website and other channels
  3. The ability to see startups first and influence who gets to present

If you have questions, please feel free to contact selection@ultralightstartups.com anytime.

Selection Committee Ranking

Below is a ranked list of the top 40 members of the Selection Committee as of April 1, 2014 based on a cumulative, three-month running score.

Each month, a score of 0-21 is awarded to each member, based on their success at selecting the winners of that month’s event.  A member receives 8 points for picking that month’s winner, 7 points for picking the 2nd place team, etc.  The max score for any given Committee member in one month is thus 21 (which is 8 + 7 + 6).  The number next to each name below is their 3-month cumulative score.  The maximum possible 3-month cumulative score is thus 63 (which is 21 x 3).

  1. (38) Stacy Feldman – LaunchPad LI
  2. (35) Nasir Ali – StartFast
  3. (34) James Cropcho – Maypop
  4. (34) Nigel Austin – Austin Law
  5. (33) Geert DeBecker - EventBrowsr.com
  6. (30) Maria Moratis – Isobar
  7. (30) Amy Pan – AppNexus
  8. (30) Peter Rothberg – Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt
  9. (29) Stephen Estes – American Express
  10. (29) Konstantinos Papakonstantinou – Board Studios
  11. (28) Richard Foster – LaunchPad LI
  12. (27) John Gordon – USA Corporate Services
  13. (27) Marcus Wilkinson – VLP Law Group
  14. (25) Matthew Bachmann – Columbia GSB
  15. (24) Eugene Joseph – Wisdom.ly
  16. (23) Jennie Baird – Generation Grownup
  17. (23) Charles McCormick – McCormick & O’Brien
  18. (22) Jonathan Drillings – Comcast Ventures
  19. (22) Rick Dionisio – TTS Technology
  20. (21) Jonathan Christodoro – Icahn Capital
  21. (21) Ray Schmitz – LeadPlace
  22. (20) Ryan Feit – Seedinvest
  23. (20) Dmitry Koltunov – Collective Catalyst
  24. (20) Ben Kartzman – Spongecell
  25. (19) Saul Orbach – Beachhead Group
  26. (19) Louis Froelich – Mintz Levin
  27. (19) Michael Felman – MSF Capital
  28. (19) Jonathan Hakakian – SoundBoard Angel Fund
  29. (18) Travis Kahn – Stevens Institute of Technology
  30. (18) Anna Curran – Cookbook Create
  31. (17) Bina Khan – SUMMIT
  32. (17) Clark Lagemann – Scarlet Startups
  33. (16) Seth Goodman – Citigroup
  34. (15) Jay Melone – New Haircut
  35. (12) Mark Martiak – Premier Wealth Advisors
  36. (11) Felix Litvinsky – Abakama
  37. (10) Angela Raitzin – Golden Seeds
  38. (10) Victor Lee – StoneHorse Enterprises
  39. (3) Malcolm Elvey – Collaborative Capital
  40. (2) Heidi Anderson – ITAC

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