This article originally appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Middle Market Growth.
ACG New York in December hosted its third annual Deal Tank competition, inspired by the ABC reality television series “Shark Tank.”
Executives from three early-stage companies pitched their businesses to a panel of seasoned judges, simulating the real-world process of approaching private equity investors. Digital advertising platform Pricing Engine was named the winner.
The other finalists, chosen from a pool of applicants to participate in the live event, included ClaimFox, a solution for handling insurance claims requests, and TripleLift, a native advertising service. Each company worked with a coach before presenting in front of a live audience of middle-market professionals.
The Deal Tank judges included Geoff Teillon of Pouschine Cook Capital Management; Paul Wigdor of Ascendant Advisors; Tom Shattan of Shattan Mendel Enterprises; Michael Pfeffer of Post Capital; Tom Gesky of past Deal Tank winner Resourcive; and “Tank Master” Scott Estill of Skillcapital, who helped moderate the judging panel.