Sustainability startups face off in the final episode of GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch – GeekWire

From left: Strella Biotechnology CEO Katherine Sizov, BattGenie CEO Manan Pathak, and Aquagga CEO Nigel Sharp. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch startup competition is back with the final episode of the season, featuring three entrepreneurs pitching their sustainability-focused startups.

Now in its third season, this video series — presented by WestRiver Group — follows startup leaders as they pitch their companies during the 32-second ride to the top floor of Seattle’s Smith Tower.

The winner of episode four will join the winners of episodes onetwo and three and go head-to-head in a live, on-stage finale on Oct. 6 at the 2022 GeekWire Summit in downtown Seattle.

The newest episode, which you can watch below, features three CEOs from Seattle-area startups developing sustainability-related products and services:

  • Katherine Sizov, CEO & co-founder of Strella Biotechnology, creators of sensing technology that predicts the ripeness of produce;
  • Manan Pathak, CEO & co-founder of BattGenie, which aims to enable faster charging and longer battery cycle life for electric vehicles, consumer electronics and other battery applications;
  • Nigel Sharp, CEO & co-founder of Aquagga, a company setting out to destroy PFAS, or so-called “forever chemicals.”

When the elevator door opens, the three CEOs face our panel of judges: Anthony Bontrager, managing director of WestRiver Group; Maria Colacurcio, CEO of Syndio and winner of Elevator Pitch season two; and Kirby Winfield, founding general partner of Ascend.vc. The judges will determine the fourth and final winner who will advance to the finals next week at the 2022 GeekWire Summit.

From left: Kirby Winfield of Ascend.vc, Maria Colacurcio of Syndio, and Anthony Bontrager of WestRiver Group. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Watch the brand new episode of Elevator Pitch above, and find all of this season’s episodes here.

Did the judges make the right call in episode four? Vote below and choose who you thought had the winning pitch.

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Andrew Richards

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