The Vita team had a great time at AirVenture this past week, from giving elevator pitches at the booth to pitching the entire slide deck to a room full of aerospace investors. CEO Caleb Carr arrived on Friday for a weekend packed full of pitch practice with the AeroInnovate cohort. He fine tuned his pitch and collaborated with the other three amazing teams taking part in the program. The rest of the team, including Director of Operations Brittany Bourcy and newly-appointed Chief Marketing Officer Renee Owen, arrived in Oshkosh on Sunday ready to face the expected 600,000 visitors to EAA AirVenture. Lead Mechanical Engineer Logan Goodrich brought along our small scale prototype straight from our lab in Denver, which was unveiled to the public on Monday.
It was nonstop pitching as industry investors and aviation enthusiasts alike came by the booth, located in the EAA Innovation Showcase tent directly next to the NASA tent. The team had a blast sharing Vita’s mission to pilots, rescue professionals, investors, and the general public. It was amazing to be able to tell our story to individuals who all shared a love for flight and therefore understood the problem that affects up to 24 people each day. The week flew by and it was soon time for AeroInnovate’s annual Pitch and Mingle event on Wednesday night, where the four companies pitched to a packed audience consisting of aviation investors, industry professions, and innovative technology enthusiasts. Prior to the pitching there was an industry panel led by Martha Cosgrove of Boeing HorizonX in which they played a lighthearted game of “Overrated/Underrated” on new technology innovations. Viewers can watch Caleb’s pitch on Vita’s Facebook page (found here https://tinyurl.com/VitaPitch). Two of Vita’s investors and advisors, Scott and Samir, also flew in for the day to experience the world of AirVenture and stayed to watch the pitch.
Following the big pitch night, Caleb and Brittany attended EAA’s The Gathering fundraising dinner on Thursday. Over the past 20 years, this event has raised over $20 million to support youth interested in aviation. The rest of the weekend passed by in a blur of investor meetings, partnership talks, and collaborating with the other AeroInnovate accelerator cohort on how we can work together in the future. Our friendships with the innovate folks at EFX Solutions, Kerr Avionics, and Ramper Innovations might soon turn into business relationships as well, stay tuned for more. We are excited to see what the future holds, onwards and upwards!