By Brett Laffel

IGNITE! kicks off on Tuesday, March 13 at 5 PM at RocketSpace, 181 Fremont Street in San Francisco.

IGNITE! is a new monthly series of pitch events for early-stage startups looking to generate interest and investment from VC’s and Angels.

Here's how it works:

Ten companies are chosen each month to participate in IGNITE! Presenting companies will each have a demo table to have the opportunity to meet and network with angles, VCs and guests during the first hour. Attendees will then vote for their favorite company, and the top four will get to present to a distinguished panel of VCs and Angels. The panel then chooses who they feel is the most promising startup.

The winner gets a pitch meeting with our Sponsoring Venture Capital firm, Hummer Winblad.

Following the pitches, Mitchell Kertzman, Managing Director of Hummer Winblad, will be interviewed by Eric Ferraro, a startup attorney at LeClairRyan and a former startup CEO himself.

If you are a startup that is interested in being selected to participate in IGNITE! please go here https://gust.com/r/enterprises/via_group_new and complete the application. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to practice their startup pitch, gain valuable public speaking experience, interact with other founders and receive great feedback from panelists who have years of experience working at, and funding startups.

We have space for approximately 100 guests. If you'd like to attend, just click on this link http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2719818049. If you sign up before February 24, the admission fee is just $25.

For more information please visit www.ignitefundraisers.com.

Microsoft BizSpark will be sponsoring this event and participating in the panel. If you have questions about the event, or Microsoft’s participation in the event, feel free to reach out to Brett Laffel at Brett.Laffel@microsoft.com or on Twitter at @BrettLaffel. I look forward to seeing you there!