Uber is giving people in the Bay Area the chance to have their big ideas heard by Google Ventures.
The ridesharing service is teaming up with Google’s venture capital investment arm for #UberPITCH. They say “anyone with 15 minutes and a good idea can request a ride” and make a pitch.
Passengers have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to Google Ventures’ general partners.
General Partner David Krane said the promotion is “a little bit unusual.” He called the #UberPitch a “first date.” If anyone’s idea wows him, Krane said, there could be a second meeting, “and maybe that leads to a funding.”
“We’re hoping for that outcome today,” Krane said.
“I think what we’re certain we’re gonna see today is passion, enthusiasm and lots of creativity,” Krane said. “I think we’ll see a little bit of everything.”
From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday, distinguished investors are hearing ideas in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Menlo Park, and the rides don’t cost a thing.
Krane said Google Ventures invests about $300 million per year, with about $1.5 under management.
Here’s how to pitch:
If you already use Uber, apply the code UberPITCHSV in order to request UberPITCH. If you don’t have the app, download Uber and enter UberPITCHSV.
More information is posted on Uber’s blog.
— Chase Cain (@ChaseCainTV) April 9, 2014