The San Diego Venture Group’s 11th Annual PitchFest provides an opportunity for early stage technology and life science companies to gain experience in refining their investor presentations and ultimately a chance at $20,000 in startup funding. The deadline for applications, which are free, are due Sept. 24. SDVG’s PitchFest selection committee, comprised of local business leaders, reviews all applications and selects 10 semifinalists, who then present their pitch in early November to a panel of top-tier venture capitalists. The VCs whittle the 10 semifinalists to three finalists, who are required to present their pitches to a general audience of more than 300 people at the SDVG’s December dinner event. The audience then votes to determine the winner, who gets a check for $20,000 that night. Get more information here.