FEBRUARY 21 2018


Do you have a BIG idea?
Is your pitch ready for prime time?

Test your innovation’s value and your pitch creativity at this year’s PitchTank event on eBay’s campus.

Pitch your ideas to investors and business advisors. Network with real innovators of the Silicon Valley. This event has something for everyone – opportunities for inspiration, education, and connection!

This is the third year PitchTank has been bringing innovators and investors together and WhatUp is proud to be bringing such a great event to this community. Join WhatUp and professionals and entrepreneurs across the valley for a night of Big Ideas and great pitches.

This year, PitchTank is demoing the first-of-its-kind Speed Pitch, where you’ll have the opportunity to connect in a quick, but meaningful way with industry professionals for a brainstorm about your Big Idea.

Meet the Judges


Danielle Davenport

Danielle Davenport is considered a key thinker and contributor in the launch of many innovative start-ups. She is currently VP of Sourcing/Board Member for Angels by the Sea and Co-Founder and Innovation Activist for IGO Ventures (the DisruptForum & Accelerator), an international provider of funding and business acceleration.  Danielle is considered a technology innovator in the domains of sports/recreational, mixed-media (AR&VR), agri-business, and transformative applications.


Sanjeev Katariya

As leader of the Global Architecture group, Sanjeev is responsible for driving eBay’s architectural strategy, executing the technical initiatives across the marketplace, developing a best-in-class platform architecture and accelerating the creation of great multi-screen experiences. Sanjeev also leads eBay’s public Developer Program and Mobile platform in addition to its artificial intelligence and cloud strategies. Additionally, he coordinates the merger and acquisition efforts for eBay’s technology team in order to identify investments that support eBay’s strategic goals as a best-in-breed global marketplace and technology company.
Sanjeev brings more than 25 years of experience to eBay, during which time he has contributed to more than 40 patents.


Kevin Parakkattu

Kevin is an early stage investor at Plug and Play Ventures (prev. investments include PayPal, NatureBox, Honey, Dropbox, etc.) focusing on brand, retail, and e-commerce solutions. Leveraging Plug and Play’s corporate network, Kevin collaborates with TJX, Rakuten, Mars, Kohl’s, and 15+ other large corporations to find and implement frontier technologies. He engages with the retail ecosystem internationally through PNP’s operations in Paris and Munich with anchor partners Galeries Lafayette and MediaMarktSaturn respectively. Prior to his current position, Kevin was an investment analyst at Centripetal Capital Partners in Stamford, CT and co-founded a pure play custom clothing startup. Kevin studied finance at Baruch College, City University of New York, where he graduated as a Macaulay Honors Scholar.

Pitch Companies

Protect My Bike

Protect-My-Bike’s mission is to completely eliminate the problem of stolen bicycles by means of a tracker of the new generation (no regular charging needed, fixed in frame) and cooperation with police.

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Gnarly Pepper

Sara has set out to create Gnarly Pepper for a few different reasons.  One, she saw an opportunity for people to transition their everyday eating habits with beloved condiments and dips by swapping out the bad with the good (non-fat plain greek yogurt).  Secondly, after a few trips to Thailand, she began to see the world in a new perspective – that our planet is beautiful and needs to shine-on without so much waste. Thirdly, as many cities and countries are getting use to the vegetarian/vegan friendly options, there is still quite a gap in the market for condiments and dip, hence the non-dairy yogurt option.

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The Stylist Online

The Stylist Online is revolutionizing shopping. Our propriety methodology, The Style Dial ®, turns shopping into a science and aims to drastically reduce growing online and offline retail return rates while increasing customer acquisition and loyalty.

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XY Gaming

XY Gaming is one of the largest global esports tournament platforms, where users compete for cash prizes across games like League of Legends, Dota 2 and Smite. XY Gaming organizes asynchronous esports tournaments, where we automatically monitor the players in-game statistics and award them scores based on their performance, creating a convenient and hassle free way to compete.

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FoodUP was created with the user in mind. Our mission is to change the way people dine out and the way restaurants find their customers. Our platform allows customers to quantify and advertise their intentions of dining out to nearby restaurants. In turn, restaurants can compete for and capture that business, on their terms. FoodUP will also facilitate the transaction so at the end of the meal, customers simply get up and walk away.

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Arevea is an online event management platform that enables customers (individuals, corporate users, non-profit organizations, event planners, venues and organizations with member access) to create, plan and collaborate, book vendor services and invite guests for any type of event. Event planning made simple, fast and smart. Integrated with a vendor portal where the vendor can manage their operations (bookings, quotes, catalog and pricing, payments, team assignments, messaging, and inventory management).

Plan Less. Celebrate More.

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