Verge Indianapolis Pitch Night at the Tube Factory

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Brooke Kovanda Contributor

On May 26th, PERQ showcased its technology for the first time since the launch of our new brand back in 2013 at a Verge Indianapolis Event. In case you’re unaware, Verge events are for Midwestern entrepreneurs, developers, and tech lovers who are currently/interested in working on or investing in tech start-ups. PERQ has been an avid sponsor of Verge over the last few years; but that night, we were represented in a few different ways.


Right out of the gate, Verge founder, Matt Hunckler, encouraged pitch-night attendees to visit the VERGE website to experience a two custom quizzes we created using our new PERQ Platform. The first experience was our “Pitch Quiz.” Our “Pitch Quiz” featured questions that tested the participant’s knowledge of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. The next experience was the the “Entrepreneur Assessment” quiz; which evaluates what type of entrepreneur someone is based on the answers provided.

Before the entrepreneurs got on stage to pitch, PERQ co-founder & president, Andy Medley took to the stage to discuss PERQ Web Engagement’s capabilities, and how he hopes the technology will transform industries and help end the use of static lead forms. The capability to customize our experiences certainly provides a great sneak peek of the BIG things to come!


Oh! And the other thing Andy mentioned? We’re hiring!


In addition to Andy, the PERQ employee presence at Verge was strong. PERQ’s EVP of Operations Paul Champion, EVP Jacob Bracken, VP of Sales Jenny Vance, Marketing Director Muhammad Yasin, and Content Specialist Felicia Savage were there to cheer Andy on as he sat on the “shark tank” (or judging panel) for the event’s featured pitch ideas.


In true “Shark Tank” style, three start-up businesses were pitching their products and services – Chava, Bottoms Up, and nurseVersity. Each start-up was only given five minutes on stage to pitch their idea. Andy and other seasoned entrepreneurs listened to the pitches and then asked these entrepreneurs tough questions in front of a crowded room of potential venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. (Examples: How long have you been in business? What are your goals? Etc.)

Bottoms Up’s pitch was especially noteworthy, as it was a company that had a lot of success out of the gate with its bottom-up beer pouring system. Really, what they needed now were the funds to expand, their website’s capabilities to handle the onslaught of new business.


So, when it was time for the Q&A portion of their pitch, Bottoms Up flipped the script and said to the judges, “Now, here’s some questions you can ask me.”


While there’s typically no “winner” at the event, Verge still showcased how important a platform it is for connecting start-ups to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.


In typical Verge fashion, the event not only featured some really cool companies, but also some really delicious food. Upland Brewing Company provided the brews, and the General American Donut Company and Nameless Catering Co. provided the food.


The event was held in the Tube Factory Artspace in Indianapolis.