HATCH pitch is the community for startups using information technology to make life better. 

From a global applicant pool, we select finalists who receive coaching and mentoring from startup mavens. Our demo day is a pitch competition where finalists present their business plans to a prestigious judging panel of corporate, angel, and venture investors who provide feedback and select winners. The well-connected audience of 300+ innovators and early adopters weigh in via social media tools, making the HATCH pitch demo day one of the most dynamic of its kind. 

One of the first events at the inaugural SXSW Interactive Startup Village in 2012, HATCH pitch was an official SXSW event each year until 2016, when we branched out to become an independent program and event. We also staged a show-stopping demo day at the inaugural TechStreet Houston conference in 2013. 

We’ve enjoyed capacity attendance by an enthusiastic audience and an engaged judging panel including Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, ff Venture Capital's John Frankel, Google’s Don Dodge, and TechStars’ Nicole Glaros. See all our judges here.

HATCH pitch companies have collectively raised over $300 million in funding. Thus far, 9 HATCH pitch finalists have enjoyed an exit. Some success stories:

HATCH pitch is run by a dedicated group of volunteers from around the USA, primarily from the Houston startup ecosystem. Each event typically involves 30+ volunteers to operate and promote the program as well as recruit, screen, coach, and judge the startup applicants.

HATCH pitch is a program of Smart Cities TechStreet Houston, a 501c3 non-profit organization.



Meet the coaches

A huge thank you to our awesome coaches who prepare the finalists to give great presentations on HATCH day

Aly Dossa
Jonathan Ha
Keith Kreuer
Marc Nathan
Mark Schmulen
Mark Streich
Roberto Moctezuma
Ron Yerkes
Sameer Soleja
Shafique Pappa
Stephen White

HATCH pitch in the MEDIA