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NYC #TechWeek Franchise Pitches

Hosted by Gregory Ugwi & Tech Week
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About Event

Come see the fastest growing franchisors pitching VCs and multi-unit franchisees live.

Franchising as an avenue for owning a business is exploding.

The audience would get to ask the franchisors questions.


  • Kenyon Rasheed, former running back for the NY Giants who is now working with current and retired NFL players who want to become multi-unit franchisees.

  • Solomon Choi, Founder & CEO of Jabba Brands; (F&B investment and advisory) and Founder and former CEO of 16 Handles (franchisor of NYC’s largest frozen dessert retail shops- exited in 2022). 

  • Grace Chung, senior editor covering wealth for Forbes and helping oversee the tremendous effort that goes into producing their World's Billionaires list

  • Stephen Elmore, Assistant Vice President, Global Sports & Entertainment at Morgan Stanley

  • Yoni from Slow Ventures, who authored: VCs will learn to love franchises 



6:45 - 6:55 PM: Introduction and Demo
6:55 - 7:10 PM: Judges Panel
7:10 - 7:20 PM: Golden Axe - Franchisee Success Story
7:20 - 8:30 PM: Pitches
8:30 - 8:35 PM: Closing Remarks and Shoutouts
8:35 - 9:00 PM: Networking

Pitch Format: 5-minute pitch followed by a 3-minute Q&A from the judges for each presenter. Highlight your story, brand, profit, and scalability to attract multi-unit franchisees or investors. Showcase your brand physically if possible. Slides are optional.

Here is a video from a past event.

The event will take place at Free Agency's office. Free Agency is a game-changer for top and emerging talent in tech, providing professionals with Hollywood-style representation for the first time ever. Put simply, they manage “the business end” of their clients' careers, helping them find, win, and succeed at top-of-market roles. (

This event is a part of #TechWeek - a week of events hosted by VCs and startups to bring together the tech ecosystem.


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