PitchBreakfast is about providing Charlotte startups a chance to practice their most crucial pitch in a challenging but supportive environment.

We’re big believers in Brad Feld’s philosophy that events that engage the entire entrepreneurial stack are important. So we created one! From the entrepreneurs that take the stage, to the distinguished investors and entrepreneurs that sit on our panels, to the community that makes up our audience, we create a great atmosphere where you can get connected without fear.

We’ve been fortunate enough to have some great opportunities to serve the Charlotte community. When SEVC was here, we were able to get Brad Feld himself to speak to our group. When the IDEA Fund Partners wanted to bring their IDEA Pitch concept to Charlotte, we were able to help.

The event is free, we just ask for your email address to keep you up to date with future Charlotte startup news, including what PitchBreakfast is up to. We’re just one event in the greater Charlotte community and we want our attendees to get the most out of it that they can.


Every month, on the second Wednesday of the month, 2 to 4 companies present to our audience and panelists at PitchBreakfast. Pitching companies have 5 minutes (with slides) to present their ideas followed by 10 minutes of feedback from our expert panelists and then a Q+A with the audience. Breakfast and coffee is provided, courtesy of our sponsors.


Our IDEA Pitch format stars panelists from IDEA Fund Partners, the most active seed stage investor in the southeast with combined exits of over $1 Billion. IDEA Pitch uses almost the same recipe as our PitchBreakfast event, but instead of the full slide presentation, presenters have 2 minutes to pitch. As Lister Delgado says, “if you can’t get my attention in two minutes, you’ll never do your full presentation.” If a presenter nails their 2 minute elevator pitch and the Q+A session to follow, the IDEA Fund Partners may bring them to Durham to do their pitch for the assembled investment team.


Vic Howie
PitchBreakfast Co-Founder

Created two startup adventure travel companies, one with a successful exit and one not so, and also one incredible US National Whitewater Center that definitely worked!

He is a managing partner of Harding Howie Partners at Merrill Lynch, who advise and manage the financial affairs for a select group of entrepreneurs and privately-held business owners and their families, with special emphasis on planning for liquidity events and wealth preservation and transfer. He also serves on the Alumni Board at the College of Charleston and on the Parents Council at UNC Chapel Hill.

Juan Garzón

With over a decade of marketing and communications experience as both an entrepreneur and corporate manager, Juan is currently a Messaging Strategist and Principal at The Garzón Company. In 2004, he created an online mobile home financing business. Then as head of marketing for a global market research firm, he spearheaded a rebranding effort and marketing overhaul that contributed to an almost 400% growth in revenue in 3 years. Juan also volunteers as a coach and mentor for RevTech, Impact3, and TEDxEducation, and has spoken at Ignite Charlotte. Most recently, he was the Master of Ceremonies for Charlotte Startup Weekend in January of 2014.

Justin Agans
PitchBreakfast Team

Justin leads the Startup Law practice at Spengler & Agans.He works with startups, entrepreneurs, and local businesses throughout the Charlotte community. In addition to his background in the law, Justin has an M.B.A. with a focus on entrepreneurship and marketing strategy. Justin and Eric previously launched their own startup, which gives them a unique understanding of the challenges faced by entrepreneurs.

Phil Antoline
PitchBreakfast Team

Phil is a dedicated business analyst who thrives on teamwork and project success. His extensive work within the WebSphere Commerce and Hybris arena as an analyst, as well as his wide technical background ensure that requirements are gathered with the highest fidelity. His knowledge of various languages such as Spanish, as well as his broad understanding of technical languages lends to his credibility as an integral liaison for any project. Phil’s outgoing personality and passion for working within E-Commerce are the drivers behind his first-class work and project dedication.