Startup Showdown: December 9th


2020 was certainly a year that called for innovation and new thinking. But due to travel limitations, many companies struggled to connect with the early-stage startup companies that are most likely to bring real innovation to retail. 

In response to the disruption of 2020, GMDC|Retail Tomorrow is launching the Startup Mic-Drop series, a 2021 program that will allow our members and industry participants to easily discover the most innovative startups. 

What to Expect

  • A one-hour session
  • This Showdown event will consist of five 5-minute pitches from the winners of the Mic-Drop sessions of 2021 featuring innovative product and technology startups
  • A panel of five industry executives will serve as judges and offer real-time feedback to the founders and innovators
  • The overall champion will be awarded a $10,000 prize
  • All registered viewers of the events will have the opportunity to have further one-on-one discussions with any startup of interest

Meet the Startups

Information coming soon!

Meet Our Judges

Ashwin Nathan

Vice President Marketing, HEB


Kindra Tatarsky

Director, Touchdown Ventures


Neil Stern

Chief Executive Officer, Good Food Holdings


Stephan Henig

Chief Customer Officer, Wakefern Food Corp


Derek Gaskins

Chief Marketing Officer, YESWAY


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