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We’re back for the second episode of Elevator Pitch, a new show on GeekWire in which entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts in the 42 seconds it takes to travel to the top of Seattle’s Space Needle. The clock is ticking, and the judges are probing as we look to pick a winner among three dynamic entrepreneurial ideas.

Watch the second episode above, and vote on your favorite below.

In today’s episode, we’ll hear from three startup entrepreneurs: Off The Record founder Alex Guirguis, a former Amazon engineer who came up with the idea for an app to fight speeding tickets after getting busted on a trip home from Crater Lake; KenSci co-founder and CEO Samir Manjure, who is bringing a new artificial intelligence approach to health care and Infinut founder Ana Redmond, a software developer who felt there was a better way to teach her daughter math concepts.

Off The Record co-founder and CEO Alex Guirguis tells judges about his startup that helps people fight speeding tickets. (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
KenSci CEO Samir Manjure explains how his startup is looking to transform health care. (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)
Infinut founder and CTO Ana Redmond shares details of her math training startup in her Elevator Pitch presentation (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

Afterward, the three entrepreneurs face tough questions from our judges: Flying Fish Partners co-founder Heather Redman; serial entrepreneur and newly-named Pioneer Square Labs managing director T.A. McCann and Cranium co-founder and Starbucks entrepreneur-in-residence Richard Tait.

Judges T.A. McCann, Richard Tait and Heather Redman provide feedback on the Elevator Pitch. (GeekWire photo / Kevin Lisota)

Do you agree with the decision of the judges? Share your thoughts in the comments, and vote in our reader poll below. And make sure to check out the first episode of Elevator Pitch here.

Over the next six months, 27 entrepreneurs will compete in this unique pitch off. But only one will truly make it to the top.

Seven more episodes will follow, and we’ll be back next month to showcase three new entrepreneurs as they buzz to the top of the Space Needle. Later this year, Elevator Pitch viewers will vote on their favorite pitches from the competition, picking four winning entrepreneurs who will go on to present live onstage in front of more than 900 business and tech leaders at the 2018 GeekWire Summit in October.

Longtime GeekWire readers may recall the original Elevator Pitch, since we launched a similar concept at the Space Needle back in 2012. This time, we’re back with a new crop of entrepreneurs and judges.

A big thanks to Smartsheet for sponsoring The Elevator Pitch. Also, thanks to The Space Needle and The Chihuly Garden and Glass.

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