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BUILD's 2020 Gala


Due to the growing concerns around the coronavirus and in our effort to operate with an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone the BUILD Gala 2020 originally scheduled for March 27th in San Francisco.

We are working with our venue and honoree Ayesha Curry to find a new date this fall. We look forward to sharing our new date as well as additional updates in the coming weeks.

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Fall 2020
City View at the Metreon
San Francisco, CA

The BUILD Gala is a fun, innovative and inspiring night
that highlights our outstanding youth entrepreneurs.
This event sells out every year, so reserve your table today!

We are thrilled that Ayesha Curry, New York Times best-selling author, renowned chef, and entrepreneur will be the Honoree at our 21st Anniversary Gala.

At the Gala, Curry will receive the “Pitch Prize” – named after Franklin “Pitch” Johnson, one of BUILD’s first and most important investors and one of the first venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. BUILD selected Curry for this award for her many accomplishments as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Curry and her husband, Stephen Curry, launched the Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation, . an organization working to ensure that under resourced children have access to nutritious food, a quality education, and safe places for all children to play and be active.

“I’m so honored to be selected as this year’s recipient of BUILD’s Pitch Prize,” said Ayesha Curry. “As a mom, it breaks my heart that for some kids the idea of going to college and starting your own business seems like an impossible dream. Organizations like BUILD and EAT. LEARN. PLAY. are helping make those dreams into a reality by giving students support and resources that they may normally not have access to.”

Curry follows an esteemed list of prior “Pitch Prize” honorees including: Katrina Lake, Founder & CEO Stitch Fix; Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn; Marissa Mayer, Google and Yahoo!; Ben Silbermann, Pinterest; Nick Woodman, GoPro; Brian Chesky, Airbnb; the Golden State Warriors; Aaron Levie, Box; and Jack Dorsey, Twitter and Square —several of whom will be at this year’s event.

The Gala highlights high school entrepreneurs in the BUILD program. At the start of the night, students sell and showcase their original products during the cocktail reception. Then during dinner, two of BUILD’s top business teams representing the East and West Coast pitch to a panel of VIP judges, including Curry, as they compete for cash prizes. The audience also gets to vote for their favorite team. Baratunde Thurston, Emmy-nominated tv host, writer, comedian, activist, and former Daily Show producer, will serve as the event’s emcee and auctioneer.

Watch the highlights from our last Gala

Gala Co-Chairs

Jack Dorsey
Shanti & Doug Brien
Nicole & Michael Farb
Cathie & Pitch Johnson
Carolyn Betts Fleming & Daniel Fleming
Aaron Levie & Joelle Emerson


Presenting Sponsors

Jack Dorsey

Dream Makers

Cathie & Pitch Johnson
Aaron Levie & Joelle Emerson
Seven Post – Private Investment Office

After Party Sponsor


Student Marketplace Sponsor

Qatalyst Partners

Full Table Sponsor

Ajay Agarwal
Betts Recruiting
Doug & Shanti Brien
Scott Fisher
Goldberg Family Foundation
Trevor Kempner & Meghan Murphy
Jan McAdoo
Oakland Athletics
David Peinsipp

Presenting Team Sponsors


Half Table Sponsor

Erin Schaefer
Mohamed Fahmi
Nicole & Michael Farb
First Republic Bank
Gunderson Dettmer
Golden State Warriors

Photobooth Sponsor


Cookie Boss Sponsor

Carlson Beck

Student Selling Team Sponsors

DFIN Solutions
Alana Karen & Mike Popek

Friends of BUILD

Dan Siroker
True Venture Management

In Kind Sponsors

Hint Water
JT Holmes
OVID. Napa Valley
Smizer Design
WineWise/The Vienna Wine Company

Watch the highlights from our last Gala and save the date to support BUILD on March 23, 2019.

Contact Info

For BUILD media inquiries and sponsorship opportunities:

Ed Wilson

For more information about the BUILD Gala, email