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StartEngine’s Shark Pitch with Mr. Wonderful

JANUARY 21, 2022 // 9AM PT

Watch 5 Founders Pitch to Mr. Wonderful!

5 businesses will pitch LIVE.


The winner takes home $25K and great prizes from all our sponsors. 


The time has arrived! Thanks to all the startups that applied to pitch!

StartEngine* is back with its quarterly live pitch competition with renowned host of Shark Tank and pitch judge—Kevin O’Leary (aka Mr. Wonderful). StartEngine will invite its community of 500,000+ founders, investors and fans to watch 5 companies pitch live. One company will walk away with:

  • A $25K grant from Mr. Wonderful
  • A 1:1 business consultation with Activision and StartEngine founder Howard Marks
  • Playbook onboarding, the Plug and Play digital innovation platform with access to business development opportunities and events
  • Mentorship session with a Plug and Play Ventures/Investment Partner and will be granted 6 months of desk space at the Plug and Play headquarters in Sunnyvale
  • A 50,000 point sign up bonus and priority onboarding with Brex
  • A 1:1 consultation with an Indiegogo Crowdfunding Expert

The Crowd’s favorite company will take home $5K!

How to Apply

1) Submit your company info on this page.

2) Our team will review your company info & inform you if selected to pitch.

3) Prepare your pitch deck before the event.

4) Pitch LIVE to Mr. Wonderful and viewers.

Deadline to apply will be January 14th, one week before the live event.

Companies actively raising on the StartEngine funding portal are not eligible to compete.

*Competition hosted by StartEngine Crowdfunding, Inc.

Our Sponsors

Plug and Play wants to build a smart future. To achieve that, they’re building a unique ecosystem that connects change-makers and leading organizations.


Their network consists of 30,000+ startups, 500+ world-leading corporations, and hundreds of venture capital firms, universities, and government agencies across multiple industries. Together with their partners, they are creating a unique ecosystem designed to develop and implement the technologies of tomorrow.

Indiegogo’s crowdfunding campaigns are where new and groundbreaking products take flight, sometimes long before they hit mainstream availability. With thousands of campaigns launching every week, there’s great tech, design, and much more around every corner — often with limited-time perks and pricing for the earliest backers. Before it’s everywhere, it’s on Indiegogo.


Their mission is to empower people to unite around ideas that matter to them and together make those ideas come to life.

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Hawke Media is a proud returning partner-sponsor of the StartEngine Shark Pitch offering one full month of Hawke’s strategy session that includes:


  • Defining your brand, messaging, and target markets with an overview of recommended channels.
  • Audit of your current operation, marketing activities, and marketing funnel.
  • Alignment of your site, measurement of various marketing channel measurement tactics, and Google Analytics to ensure full understanding of efficacy across the marketing landscape.

Since its inception, Hawke Media has been committed to providing business and brands with an expert C-level marketer to orchestrate and guide full-funnel digital marketing strategy and efforts. 

HubSpot offers a complete CRM platform with all the tools and integrations you need to grow better — whether you want to increase leads, accelerate sales, streamline customer service, or build a powerful website. They’re powerful alone, but even better when used together.


  • Marketing Hub
  • Sales Hub
  • Service Hub
  • CMS Hub

Indiegogo’s crowdfunding campaigns are where new and groundbreaking products take flight, sometimes long before they hit mainstream availability. With thousands of campaigns launching every week, there’s great tech, design, and much more around every corner — often with limited-time perks and pricing for the earliest backers. Before it’s everywhere, it’s on Indiegogo.


Their mission is to empower people to unite around ideas that matter to them and together make those ideas come to life.

TriNet is a professional employer organization that provides small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) with full-service HR solutions tailored by industry. To free SMBs from HR complexities, TriNet offers access to human capital expertise, benefits, risk mitigation and compliance, payroll and real-time technology. From Main Street to Wall Street, TriNet empowers SMBs to focus on what matters most—growing their business.

With over 30 years of expertise and over 17,500 clients, TriNet’s mission is to power business success with extraordinary HR, rallying around a shared vision of improving humanity through business growth and innovation.

"StartEngine has emerged as a leader... A fantastic opportunity for small businesses in a really trying time."


Investor, Shark & StartEngine Strategic Advisor

Words From Our Finalists

Total raised


Our past finalists have collectively raised over $90M.

"During the Shark Pitch we were in the middle of a Seed Round and we ended up oversubscribing by 100% valuing the company at $7M. Now we’re closing a 20M+ Series A Raise valuing us at $130M+!"

"The Shark Pitch completely changed the trajectory of our company!"

"We received terrific exposure to a broad audience of retail investors."


How do I participate? 

Submit your application to pitch on this page. Our team will review and notify you for an interview if selected. If selected as one of the five finalists, you’ll prepare a three minute pitch deck to present to Mr. Wonderful on January 21st!


What are the costs to participate?

This event is completely free and is not pay to play. StartEngine DOES NOT take any equity in your company in exchange for your participation. We do this event for fun and to celebrate great founders.


Will I actually talk to Mr. Wonderful?

Yes, all five finalists will pitch to Kevin O’Leary live for a chance to win. 


What types of businesses do you select as finalists?

We consider all early stage, U.S. based companies across all industries.


What type of information is required to apply?

There is a short form to submit on this page that asks for basic company information like contact, previous funding, ARR and a link to your pitch deck.


How will I know if I’ve been selected?

Our deadline to apply is October 8th. You should hear from us via email in the weeks leading up to the 8th to a few days after that date. There is no need to message us in the meantime, but we thank you for enquiring. 


I received a Zoom webinar message after I submitted my application. Have I been chosen? 

No, this is an automatic Zoom message that confirms that you’ve been enrolled to watch the event. Our team will contact you via email if you’ve been chosen to pitch. 


How will I receive my prizes?

A PayPal or wire transfer will be sent out as soon as a winner is selected. Introductions will be made to each sponsor team, so you may redeem each sponsor prize. 

Any finalist that chooses to pitch live will be subject to a thirty-day cooling-off period before being eligible to launch an offering on the StartEngine funding portal.


This competition is unaffiliated with Shark Tank and any finalist that chooses to pitch live will not be eligible to pitch on Shark Tank according to the show’s application rules.


Why StartEngine

Successful Raises


StartEngine has hosted more than 500 successful raises on its platform.

Prospective Investors


StartEngine has a community of over 500,000 users

Raise capital on our platform.

StartEngine is one of the largest platforms in the world for companies to find investors and raise capital.

What Founders Are Saying

“”I like the ease of use of StartEngine and that I didn’t have to handhold the investors through the process because of how smooth the platform is. It’s like going to Amazon and buying something, but you’re investing in a company.”

— Dawn Dickson, Founder & CEO, PopCom

Equity Crowdfunding is a powerful way to raise money, but more importantly to gain the trust of your customer, which obviously gains an investor as a result.”

— Ron Wilson, Co-Founder & CEO, Hylete

“Working with StartEngine has been great. I’m amazed by how accessible everyone is, including all the way up to the CEO, Howard.”



— Jesse Woolmer, President & COO, CannCo Brands

How Raising
Capital Works


StartEngine reviews every company application internally to determine whether they meet our compliance and eligibility requirements and are a fit for equity crowdfunding. If it's a good match, we move forward!

Step Two


Tell your story in your own words. Build and design your campaign page to attract investors. Our creative team will help you!

Step Three

Set your own terms

What's your valuation? What kind of security do you want to sell and how much of it? it's all up to you.

Step Four


We request corporate documents like Articles of Incorporation and Board Resolutions to approve your fundraise.

Step Five


You have 2 options:

Save on upfront cost and self-certify your financials to raise up to $107K

Use one of our low-cost, preferred CPA vendors and get a 2-year independent financial review done in order to raise up to $1.07M from the start.

Don’t worry — if you start with self-certified financials, you can always commission the financial review during your offering in order to raise more than 107K.

Success Stories

ElliptiGo Case Study

Reg CF


ElliptiGO was started to solve a problem – how to enable people to get the benefits of running without suffering from the impact. This was a very personal problem for ElliptiGo's co-founders, both Ironman triathletes with a shared love of running.







Reg CF


Farm.One grows rare produce in New York City urban vertical farms using hydroponics and LED lighting. Farm.One grows and sells rare herbs, edible flowers, and micro-greens (very young crops). All of the products are rare, high-quality, 100% pesticide-free and delivered same day.







Farm.One Case Study
Waverly Labs Case Study

Reg CF

Waverly Labs

Using the latest technologies in speech recognition, machine translation and the advances of wearable technology, our smart earpiece allows wearers to speak different languages but still clearly understand each other. Simply put, when one person speaks, the other hears it in their language.







Platform Features


Dedicated Account Manager

You receive a dedicated account manager to help prepare your offering, which will then be reviewed by StartEngine’s compliance team.

Drag-n-Drop Page Builder

Build a fun campaign page to convince investors to love your company as much as you do.

Regulation CF Filings

StartEngine will file all the necessary paperwork to accept funds under Reg CF, so you can get back to what matters most.


Rolling Fund Withdrawals

Withdraw funds when you’re ready to invest into your company or fundraising campaign.

Credit Card Investments

On StartEngine, companies can accept investments via credit cards, as well as ACH, bank wire, and cryptocurrency. 

Campaign Perks

StartEngine encourages incentivizing investors by offering perks to investors. This could be a lifetime discount, a product, or even a time-based incentive. 


Real-Time Analytics

Use the StartEngine analytics dashboard to view all investment data, from visitor conversion rates to investment history.

Investment History

View and follow the number of investors and followers your campaign has week over week. 

Investor Information

Access your investor community’s contact information for updates or promotional purposes.

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