Pixly Wins the Veteran Fund's $100,000 Pitch Contest at the 2022 Military Influencer Conference

January 21, 2023


ENCINITAS, Calif., November 11, 2022 (Newswire.com)

Pixly, a San Diego-based software startup focused on visual documentation and collaboration for construction, facilities, and real estate, won a prestigious $100k startup pitch contest hosted by The Veteran Fund at the 2022 Military Influencer Conference.

Pixly was initially born out of the San Diego Connect Springboard program, which elevates entrepreneurs by providing educational programming, mentorship, introductions, and access to capital. There, Lee Mills, a Connect Mentor, met Patrick Caughey, an architect with an app idea to solve photo documentation problems he experienced firsthand in construction. They partnered as co-founders with Thayer Flynn, a third-generation developer, and construction professional, to launch Pixly in late 2019, right before Covid. Since launching, they've built their iOS app, launched a web app version, secured numerous Letters Of Intent from top general contractors, and generated hundreds of early users along with high-profile pilot projects.

"It was an incredible honor to be invited to participate in the Veteran Fund's $100k startup competition at the Military Influencer Conference. We were up against many great veteran startups with great pitches and opportunities for investors. We are honored and humbled to win the contest with the support from The Veteran Fund, the Military Influencer Conference, and the military community. Pixly will be using the funds to enhance the product with new features and support early customers along with sales and marketing to grow faster," said Lee Mills, CEO at Pixly.

Lee Mills came to San Diego while serving aboard the USS Constellation CV-64, America's Flagship. After serving four years and earning a Navy Achievement Medal, he completed design school while working full-time as a telemarketer. After that, he started his tech startup career as one of the first marketing hires for Backup.com, followed by Anonymizer, MojoPages, and Raken, where he became an expert in construction technology.

"The Veteran Fund is helping our nation's heroes launch and scale successful startups. We had over 120 startups apply for the contest. Selecting the semi-finalists and finalists based on their virtual pitches was challenging, but five stood out, and Pixly won. We are proud to help team Pixly and look forward to helping more veteran lead entrepreneurs succeed," said Ryan Micheletti, General Partner at The Veteran Fund.

About Pixly

Pixly helps construction, facility, and real estate pros save valuable time and money by making it easy to snap, tag, share & collaborate on project photos instantly from anywhere. The Pixly app streamlines archaic project photo documentation workflows with tags, markups, and voice annotations. Users can assign and track tasks viewable in management dashboards that improve efficiencies and accountability. In addition, Pixly reduces the risk of disputes and litigation while making it easy to find photos quickly in one secure cloud with AI. Learn more at www.Pixly.ai.

About The Veteran Fund

The Veteran Fund is an early-stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley that invests in high-growth startups & dual-use technologies, led by exceptional founders from the military community. Learn more at http://Veteran.Fund.