Dakarai Turner

UberPitch – A Million Dollar Ride

April 5, 2016

If you’ve been following the articles we write, you have probably learned a few things about the guys at The M.A.D. Mix.

  1. We love making Drake references
  2. We love Snapchat
  3. We’re pretty handsome (had to throw that in there)
  4. We love Uber.

Ever since my first Uber experience (can be found here), I have become nothing short of an advocate for the transportation network, taking the world by storm, just ask my friends.Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 10.10.45 PM

Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Uber notifying me about yet another extension that they are implementing…UberPitch. UberPitch is a dragons-den style interaction that takes place in an Uber ride, and lasts for 15 minutes. Crazy right?

Entrepreneurs will have the chance to share a 15-minute Uber ride with some of Canada’s top investors, and get this…the ride is 100% free. If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking that people can just get a free ride and share a conversation with someone for 15 minutes. However, the Uber will essentially kill time driving for 15 minutes, only to bring you back to your original destination. UberPitch is literally bringing the investors to you.

The service will run from April 7th, from 11am-3pm in start-up communities using the self-respected promo codes, such as Toronto (PITCHTO), Montréal (PITCHMTL), and Ottawa (PITCHOTT). Entrepreneurs will have 15 minutes to pitch their big idea to investors with the capacity to make dreams come true. Whether your idea is ready for production, or still in the beginning stages, a free 15-minute session with a multi millionaire couldn’t hurt, right?

uber pitch ride tampa

UberPitch ride in Tampa

 

Want to find out who some of the investors are? Check out this page to learn more about each one of them.

It will be quite fascinating to hear some of the feedback from both the investors and entrepreneurs involved with UberPitch. If successful, this could attract quite a few investors that are searching for the next big start-up. Of course for this to take off, there would need to be an incentive for the investors. Perhaps in the form of a screening and selection process in which they can handpick the people that they would like to share a ride with. Entrepreneurs could create profiles that briefly explain their idea, and the investors could essentially select the ones that they are most interested in. Think of Tinder for investors…but I digress.

UberPitch is a fascinating idea that provides a collaborative opportunity, as well as a foot in the door for entrepreneurs to connect with investors. All while making Uber look amazing for facilitating the relationship.

At this point, you’re probably thinking, “Wow Dakarai, you should definitely pitch The M.A.D. Mix to an investor”. I’m three steps ahead of you, and I’ll give you on update after my million-dollar meeting on Thursday.

What do you think of UberPitch? I’d love to know!

 

Dakarai Turner is an ambitious professional with a passion for advertising and marketing. Armed with strategic thinking, people skills, and a cheeky smile, he is ready to get his career started in client relations for an advertising agency in Toronto. In his free time he will most likely be eating, browsing AdWeek, or studying Donald Draper. Dakarai, but you can call him Dak. Follow him on TwitterInstagram, and connect on LinkedIn to learn more about him.

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