Last month, our council representatives attend 5 pitch events in SV, following are brief introduction of the events, our insights and SVTC’s top pick (we pick out one to two favorite project from every event to follow up) 


1.    RobotX2017 Robotics Demo Day

2.    TaiwanRocksSF

3.    ForeignTalents Innovative Start-up Competition

4.    2017 Startup Conference

5.    DemoDay Spring 2017 at Skydeck Berkeley


1.    RobotX2017 Robotics Demo Day

On May 9th, 2017, our council representative attended RobotX 2017 Robotics Demo Day hosted at ZGC innovative center by RobotXSpace. This is one of the major event of RobotXSpace, which showcases its robotic startup companies to investors.Besides the main stage, there is a demo area for product display and demo for six selected robotic startups. The event starts with networking and dinner, offering a chance for audience and investor to get an early understanding of the six startup teams prior to the presentation; We soon realize by starting an event with dinner and networking actually allows more possibilities for founders and investors to connect, on the other hand, it also stretches the time limit for those attendees who arrives late due to work and typical bay area traffic. After dinner and networking, the actual pitch presentation kicks off, each startup team has 15 minutes of time to be on stage for their pitch and Q&A section. According to RobotXSpace official website, all six selected startup teams are graduated from RobotX and GWCrobotic accelerator which started in January. This program fosters the growth of six robotics start-ups, after 4 months of acceleration, these teams are ready to open to the investors, as their host, Robot X and GWC will host event continuously, allowing them to meet up with over 90 investors, robotics leaders, and press.   

One very interesting project that we spotted from robotX demon day is called Beetle which is a new autonomous robot that roams your back yard and cleans up pet poop. The robot itself can autonomously search, clean, decomposition, and charge. Beetl is an interesting concept but many will ask: why using such innovative technology to do such simple job? And the vision that I see from this company is the future of robotic venture that high technology robots are coming in human everyday life very soon. Regarding Beetl, we also have to mention HAX(, HAX is the world’s first and largest hardware accelerator in the world, and Beetl is one of the highlighted projects from HAX.

.    TaiwanRocksSF

TaiwanRocksSF is a pitch event that presented by Taiwan Startup Stadium (TSS) which is an incubator system that teachesTaiwan startups to go global through intensive training programs, strong leadership, and a wide network of global partners.

There is a total of 12 startup projects from Taiwan, all of them shares great attitudes and concepts. Very similar to KIC (KoreanInnovative Club) we attended during May 4, the energies from these overseas startups definitely adds a unique touch to Silicon Valley.

Is an interesting yet innovative idea that many international incubation systems shares, bring foreign start-up projects to the US to experience a more open, more opportunity platform, such as KIC(Korean), TaiwanRocksSF(Taiwan) and 1000 startup contest(China).Bring foreign start-up projects to the US not only gave a border view for these foreign start-ups but also provide a variety of start-up choices for USinvestors.

Jobalaya is an introvert-friendly recruitment platform for job seekers to get referrals with zero networking. 

LyraVR is a music creation platform for musicians and fans to compose, perform, and share in a fully interactive virtual space.

CakeResume modernizes the job search by enabling anyone to craft a slick, media-rich online resume in minutes. Akohub’s AI-driven marketing platform keeps e-commerce vendors connected with visitors via dead simple social ad targeting and a friendlyChatbot.

SurveyCake is an intuitive cloud-based survey builder with customizable event triggers and seamless integration with your CRM. 

Bitmark is the property system for the digital environment that allows you to turn your personal data and digital assets into a unique property.

Toii is a location-based AR game and travel platform that connects businesses to customers in major cities around the world.

PicSee is a link shortened that boosts social media engagement through eye-catching customization.

Adenovo is an AI-driven risk-management tool for auto financing that helps banks cut costs by 90%.

U-GYM is a pocket-sized deep-tissue massager that soothes muscle pain and relieves stiffness in just under 30 minutes.

Pi Square delivers real-time and collaborative power to animation production by increasing rendering speeds an average of 1000x.

Pointimize is a sleek meta search engine that allows you to easily compare miles, points, and cash deals across leading hotel and airline loyalty programs.


One project that caught our attention is Toii, which is the is a location-based AR game and travel platform that connects businesses to customers in major cities around the world. The reason that it caught our attention is not the gaming experience that this platform can bring travelers endless opportunities to work with destination stores, restaurants and malls in order to create a new financial technology system for a traveler.

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3. ForeignTalents Innovative Start-up Competition

DuringMay 13, 2017, we attended ForeignTalents Innovative Start-up Competition (海外人才创新创业项目大赛). The event was hosted at ZGC (硅谷中关村) with lots of new technologies and famous investors and executives. This competition is focused on three different industries, 1. Health and culture industry (biological medicine, health care, old-age care, modern agriculture and innovative culture) 2. Digital information (IT, new material, Artificial intelligence, and photoelectron) 3. Wearable and new energy (automobile, rail transit, and environmental protection). 8 million dollars of funds set up for supporting start-up team.

One project that caught our attention, is a new dating platform using a new method to pair users, BLUR, where users on this platform will have to answer numerous questions that designed by other users. After the designated questions are answered by other users, they will be able to see the blurry photo of other users become clearer and clearer. Because there are too many people on dating platform just browsing photos, didn’t engage in a conversation, the percentage of successful matchup rate is actually low. Therefore, the founder of Blur believes that by answering a series of designated questions from the other user can actually improve the matching rate and achieve the focus mission of a dating platform-get match. 

4.    2017 Startup Conference

On May 17, we attended the 2017 Startup Conference which hosted inFox Theater. There are 50+ speakers, entrepreneurs, investors, and angels attended the event and many valuable lessons and note were given by speakers, and we also saw lots of new ideas and innovative startups at the Startup Fair which was hosted with “farmers market style” on the courthouse square right outside the theater. The highlight of this event is we finally met the founder and CEO of world famous Y CombinatorIncubator, Michael Seibel. Before Michael become the CEO of Y CombinatorIncubator, he was the co-founder and CEO of two famous companies, become Twitch) and Socialcam which later is sold to Amazon for1 billion and become Twitch TV, on the other hand, Socialcam sold to Autodesk for 60 million in 2012.

During the event, there are 1,500entrepreneurs and investors, the Startup Conference is one of the largest conferences in Silicon Valley for startups, learning how to pitch VCs, find co-founders, launch your product to the press, reach early adopters and influencers and more.

Party on Demand is a new party organizer application from Willie G, very innovative idea that brings people who want to through a casual party with people who have experience throwing parties. CEO Willie G is very passionate about his business and full of energy when he was on stage presenting his idea. Among the presenters that day, Party on Demand definitely gave the audience an interesting presentation. However, since Party on Demand’s business model is based on freelancers to provide serves, in our opinion is hard to scale up its growth, but they caught our attention with such an energetic team. 

5. DemoDay Spring 2017 at Skydeck Berkeley

OnMay 18, we attended Demo Day Spring 2017at Skydeck Berkeley. By attending over 30 events in 4 months, we can say that Skydeck demo day at Berkeley is definitely one of the top pitch events after all. From event organization to pitch presentation quality; from investor engagement to location, Berkeley Skydeck incubated many mature startup projects. One of the projects that our council invested in and follow up with isOwlized and they are from Skydeck. 

There are three interesting projects from SkyDeck that we want to share.

MuMEC is building new wireless transceiver technology that requires drastically lower operating power for use with Bluetooth LE (BLE) and LoRa wireless protocols. By integrating Radio Frequency MEMS technology with COMS design, MuMEC’s radios offer a 10x reduction in power consumption for BLE protocols (100x for LoRa), allowing consumer devices and IoT applications to extend battery life, reduce battery size, and operate entirely on scavenged power.

HashCutleverages artificial intelligence to automatically generate video highlights, in an age of declining attention spans, fans are demanding short-form content.HashCut partners with video content creators across sports, media, and YouTube, to automatically generate personalized highlight reels in copyright-friendly manner-increasing video views, watch time & social engagement. 


EmotiveDigital specializes in the field of interactive transparent LCD technology with a primary focus in establishing an advertising network at a point of sale.Emotive Digital combines creative digital content with proprietary new media platforms to influence consumers’ purchasing decisions and promote brand stories at the forefront of retail and department stores.

Thank you for reading, if you have any question or any interest in these companies, feel free to talk to us.