a new breed of pitch competition where ideas and industries collide





COLLISION is a new type of competition where startups and people with big ideas represent their industries to compete for attention and cash prizes.  Sponsored by MEWS, Middletown’s Entrepreneur Workspace, bold ideas will compete live on stage during the 2019 inaugural events.  Each pitch will spar to win votes from the audience – evaluated on originality, potential, functionality, and social impact – and has the opportunity to walk away with up to $700 in prizes.


Your opportunity to connect and compete – represent your industry while pitching your innovative solution, idea, or technology to a captivated audience – for a chance to win cash prizes.


Catch a glimpse of Connecticut’s future.  Be exposed to industries most impressive and innovative ideas, and vote for the pitch that has the best creative, new ideas to change the world.

2019 COLLISION Events


October 23

Four champions will compete to be named a COLLISION All Star!

Food v. Tourism

August 28

Apply to pitch your hot new ideas in food and tourism – show us what you’ve got!

Health v. Education

July 17

On the stage, health and education ideas will battle it out for a chance to win!

Art v. Tech

May 29

Three art and three tech ideas will spar to be crowned winner!


April 10

Six big ideas will compete at the kick-off event!


What is the COLLISION pitch process?


Submit an application for an opportunity to pitch at an upcoming event. 


Six startups will battle it out – so get your pitch ready!


Showcase your startup business or big idea for cash prizes and priceless feedback.

Why you should be there…

As a young startup, COLLISION can help you further validate your market and your product or service, improve presentation skills, become part of a community, and recruit new team members. COLLISION is perfect for vetting your idea, and for gaining traction and attention.

At COLLISION, attendees will be inspired, become invested, and participate in the entrepreneurial ecosystem thriving in Connecticut.

COLLISION is not your typical pitch event – we’ll see you there!

COLLISION Organizing Committee

Elizabeth Galletta
Elizabeth Galletta

Murta Cullina

An attorney for over 15 years helping businesses in a variety of industries protect and monetize their inventions and brands. Elizabeth has worked with large manufacturing companies, specialty chemical companies, and companies that manufacture and sell personal care products. She has also worked with start-up companies in the biotech arena as well as start-ups that focus on professional services and food/beverage products.

Ann Pellegrini, CRPC©
Ann Pellegrini, CRPC©

Edward Jones

At Edward Jones, every strategy we offer and every solution we recommend is based on what’s most important to you. Once we understand your priorities, we can help you identify specific financial goals and develop strategies to help you work toward achieving them. Working confidentially with you and your CPA, attorney and other professionals, I can help determine the most appropriate financial strategy for you and your family. We also have thousands of firm associates and advanced technology supporting our office to help you reach your financial goals.

Kirk Hagert
Kirk Hagert

Allied Mortgage Group

A seasoned mortgage loan officer, manager and prior company owner with over 28 years of industry experience, having personally originated thousands of mortgage loans throughout New England. Noted for creativity in overcoming challenging situations and seeing loans through to closing. Knowledgeable conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, CHFA and jumbo loan officer. 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2013, 2011 winner of the “Five Star” Client Service Award for mortgage loan officers, as reported in “Connecticut Magazine” Kirk is one of less than 1% of all loan officers in CT who have received this award six or more times. Over the course of my career, I am very proud of my exemplary customer service record.

Rebecca Mead
Rebecca Mead

Rebecca Mead Communications

Rebecca is the founder and principal at Rebecca Mead Communications, where we specialize in marketing strategies, brand development, and website design. We have been fortunate to work with clients and projects of all shapes and sizes, but our passion is for smaller organizations, non-profits, and individuals who value professional marketing and design but might not have the resources to hire a large traditional agency. We love nothing more than to champion small organizations, encouraging them to build bold businesses.

Tim Laubacher
Tim Laubacher

Sound Web

Tim is a seasoned web and mobile developer as well as a serial entrepreneur. He has helped hundreds of businesses develop their web presence, but his passion is for web and mobile-based startup businesses. Tim is also very involved with the Connecticut startup ecosystem through his platform Launch EZ and by helping to organize the Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards. He has mentored dozens of early-stage tech startup businesses.

Tateisha Perry
Tateisha Perry

MARC Community Resources

A motivational speaker with a demonstrated history of working in the Human service field working directly with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, Tateisha started life coaching in 2018 to help others reach their goals in life and in their career while she is working towards hers. Her mission is to inspire and motivate others to fulfill their goals. She also works on helping people see their worth while defeating their inner demons. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, and Microsoft Office. Strong community and social services professional with a Master’s degree focused in Marriage and Family Therapy from CCSU.

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