Capital raising competitions

sponsored by Castle Placement and partners​


  • Companies (real or conceptual) pitch their businesses ​
  • Castle Placement narrows the field to the four finalists
  • Finalists pitch at the grand finale to a panel of prestigious judges from PE, VC, and corporations, including a spirited Q&A session​
  • At the end of the event the judges select the winner​
  • The grand prize is free usage of the CPGO app to meet targeted prospective investors​

CPGO Competition I – WeWork​

CPGO Competition II – CUNY Startups and Amazon​

CPGO Competition III – LinkedIn

CPGO Competition IV, V, VII, IX, XI, XIII, XV, XXIV, and XXV – University of Michigan

CPGO Competition VI – Columbia University

CPGO Competition VIII – The StartUp Club

CPGO Competition X – Dartmouth College

CPGO Competition XII – University of Barcelona

CPGO Competition XIV – University of Texas at Austin, Babson College, Rutgers University, New York University

CPGO Competition XVI – Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, University of Chicago, Indiana University, Rutgers University

CPGO Competition XVII – Barcelona School of Economics

CPGO Competition XVIII and XXVI – Benjamin Talks

CPGO Competition XIX – Vanderbilt University, Brandeis University

CPGO Competition XX – University of Kansas School of Business

CPGO Competition XXI – Vanderbilt University, New York University, Princeton University, University of Wisconsin, University of California, Los Angeles

CPGO Competition XXII – Columbia University

CPGO Competition XXIII – Vanderbilt University, New York University, Columbia University



Eric Fretz – Client

Entrepreneurship Faculty Lecturer, University of Michigan

The CPGO Competition was great as always. I really appreciate you creating this space for the teams. They really

seem to rise to the occasion and get a lot out of it. I very much enjoy this partnership and the growth and

engagement it fosters for my students!! Thanks!


Michael Schmidt – Investor at Whitecap Enterprises

Richard, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate as a judge in the CPGO competition. I think it is a great thing you and Castle Placement have put together. I think back to my presentation days in college, and I never had the luxury to present to professionals like you offered these students. Well done and thank you again for letting me be a part of it!

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Ken Margolis | Managing Partner Castle Placement, LLC
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