Airport Shark Tank

The Airport Shark Tank where innovators test their ideas on stage with airport industry leaders. Start-up companies looking to recreate airports are given 5 minutes to pitch their ideas to our panel of judges and the audience of airport leaders. Each team is competing for a slot in the Airport Market Match program. Presenters gain valuable exposure to investors, airport decision makers, government executives, and potential industry partners. 

2017 Shark Tank Judges

H.B. Siegel
Prime Minister of Ideas, Amazon

H.B. Siegel was an early employee of Pixar, CTO for Industrial Light and Magic & Skywalker Sound, CTO of, a futurist for Amazon with more than 60 patents to his credit, many shared with Amazon¹s Jeff Bezos. 
Lisa Nelson
Microsoft Ventures

Lisa leads portfolio development activities for Microsoft Ventures. Additionally, she also leads investment activities in the Pacific Northwest, VC engagement for Microsoft and marketing strategy and execution for the fund. Lisa’s been with Microsoft for several years in a variety of roles across business development and finance. She most recently served as chief of staff for the EVP of Business Development where she helped identify, pursue and support new areas of growth for Microsoft through key strategic partnerships, investments and M&A. Lisa is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor in Business Administration – Finance and Statistics from the University of Washington.
Harriet Baskas
Aviation Journalist (NBCNews, CNBC, USAToday) 

Seattle-based journalist Harriet Baskas writes about airports and airlines, on-the-ground travel, museums and a wide variety of other topics (many offbeat) for outlets that include,,, Global Traveler and others. She is the creator of the StuckatTheAirport.comblog and published a book with that title just eight weeks before September 11, 2001. Harriet served as the manager of three community radio stations in the Pacific Northwest and has created award-winning radio programs for National Public Radio and regional public radio stations. She is the author of seven books, including Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You, Washington Curiosities and Oregon Curiosities. 
Benjamin B. Richter
CEO, Bradford Airport Logistics

Benjamin’s leadership has fostered the development of a world-class leadership team and has cultivated the values, vision, and mission of Bradford Airport Logistics. Benjamin’s track record demonstrates an ability to formulate and lead strategic business infrastructure as well as helping in volunteer leadership roles of several well-known entrepreneurial organizations and public entities. Benjamin possesses advanced systems, re-engineering, and technology expertise including leading-edge computer systems development/deployment as well as 20 years of IT/ERP/Engineering project management/consulting for companies like IBM Government Systems. Benjamin has a Master of Science - Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston, Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering & Bachelor of Arts - Business Administration from Bucknell University and has completed a curriculum in Intellectual Property in conjunction with his Master’s degree at the University of Houston Law School.

2017 Shark Tank Participants

 Teaching computers to perceive
Alitheon brings a basket of technologies aimed at teaching computers to recognize and perceive the world around them. We are actively engaged in providing solutions for airline baggage handling, supply chain management, as well as providing consumers and brands with better means of counterfeit protection. Our domains of interest promise significant cost savings, retention of revenue, and the immeasurable outcomes of security and safety.

Through our analytics expertise, we can not just tell you when a customer is viewing other retail sites while they're shopping, but also what they're looking at and even pricing information they're finding. All this allows you to react while the customer is still in store and  capture them while in mid-surf, enabling you to present a better offer. Providing improved demographics and validation of your campaigns is another way that we can help you fine tune your product and service offerings in ways that on-line retailers can not.

Most Venues are complicated for the visually impaired; overloaded information for sighted people is not accessible to a visually impaired in an indoor space. The LOUD STEPS app provides the visually impaired with indoor exploring & steering capabilities by bringing together venue maps, radio signals, and unique navigation.

What is Sleepbox? Sleep vending machines for public spaces and hotels. Sleepbox hotel module requires only 45sq ft. High Tech solutions to enrich users’ experiences. Highly customizable in features and design. Simple installation requires only regular electric outlets. Made in the USA. 

We are innovators in people engagement for businesses where large groups of people congregate. Venuetize is a mobile-first platform as a service, leveraging an integrated ecosystem that optimizes the intersection of personalized data, marketing analytics, relevant/targeted content, and interactive technologies in order to acquire, retain, and monetize loyal user bases across multiple market verticals. Venuetize’s platform specializes in deep third party integrations and location-detection for contextual awareness. Venuetize was established in 2014 as a means of capitalizing on the highly fragmented market around the venue-based sports and entertainment industry.