You Be the Judge: Join Us for Live Pitch Competitions at 3DEXPERIENCE World

3DEXPERIENCE World is all about innovation and innovating thinking when it comes to product development. This year you’ll see even more innovative companies at the beginning of their entrepreneurial journey. Be among the first to hear from the inventors themselves about these disruptive new products in various live pitch competitions taking place during 3DEXPERIENCE World.

On Monday, February 10th, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm CT, you can hear entrepreneurs pitch their startup ideas “open mic” style in the Certified Partner Theater in the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground.

During Wednesday’s general session, another group of startup founders carefully selected from among 5,000 startups in the SOLIDWORKS for Entrepreneurs Program will pitch their respective business ideas during the Pitch Battle. The founders will pitch to a panel of judges from the Dassault Systèmes executive team as well as the venture capital world.

Last year’s winner, SparkCharge.


This will be a great chance to learn about the incredibly innovative products and solutions before they hit the market. These exciting new products range from products poised to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges to products designed to simply make our lives easier. Startups put their entire lives into their work, and the innovative thinkers behind these ventures cannot wait to share their ideas with the masses at 3DEXPERIENCE World.


Among this year’s contenders will be:

Rick Whittaker, Co-Founder & CEO of AirShare

Shubham Singh, Co-Founder & CEO of Craste

Krystal Persuad, Founder of Grouphug

Shane Kilpatrick, Founder & CEO of Membio

Ryan Sinnet | Co-Founder & CTO of Miso Robotics

Samantha Snabes | Co-Founder & Catalyst, re:3D

Shail Mehta, Co-Founder & CEO, the Last Gameboard

Nisan Lerea, Co-Founder & CEO, Wazer

Everyone in the audience, along with the panel of judges, will select this year’s champion. Note: in order to vote, you will need a 3DEXPERIENCE ID. To read the profiles of each of these startups and learn more about these innovative new products, go to

We’ll see y’all in Nashville!




Barb Schmitz

Barb Schmitz

Senior Marketing Communications Manager at SolidWorks
Barb Schmitz is a Senior Manager in Marketing Communications with BA in Journalism and over 30 years of experience in the CAD software industry. She started her career as a journalist covering technology and served as an editor for several leading industry publications for over 20 years. Besides being a sleuth of tech, she is a loyal dog owner, travel bum, mom, lover of hoppy IPAs, red wine, and alternative music lover living in the great city of Chicago.