Our panel of judges are mobile payment experts, including entrepreneurs, VC’s and executives.

John Frankel is the Managing Director of ff Venture Capital and has been an early-stage venture investor since 1999.  Mr. Frankel was one of the earliest investors in Quigo Technologies, which was purchased by AOL in December 2007, and in Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD on NASDAQ), which had a successful IPO in March 2011. He has also served and/or now serves on the boards of 500px, Adcade, Apparel Media Group, AppyCouple, Alerts.com, Centzy, ClearPath Immigration, Infochimps, InteraXon, Gobbler, Klout, Patents.com, Parse.ly, Phone.com, Quigo Technologies, StrongTech, The Goldman Sachs Trust Company, Track.com, VolunteerSpot and Voxy. He is also a Mentor with the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator program.

Josh Abramowitz is the founder and chair of Deep Creek Capital LLC.  He is an investor in numerous early-stage companies across multiple verticals, and has a particular interest in the financial services space. Prior to founding Deep Creek Capital LLC, Mr. Abramowitz was a portfolio manager at Viking Global Investors LP, where he built and led the firm’s distressed and credit investing group. Prior to Viking, Mr. Abramowitz was an investment analyst at Elliott Associates L.P. Mr. Abramowitz is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He holds an A.B. from Colgate University, where he studied history and philosophy and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Abramowitz is a CFA Charterholder.

Other judges to be announced.


1st prize: $1000 + 30 minute pitch and feedback session with ffvc’s, John Frankel +  $200 Rackspace credit (subject to change)

2nd prize: $500 + $200 Rackspace credit (subject to change)

3rd prize: $200 Rackspace credit (subject to change)


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