8th Annual BUILD Gala

Honoring Aaron Levie, Box, and Box.org

Saturday March 10, 2018

6:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Westin St. Francis

335 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

The 8th Annual BUILD Gala is proudly recognizing Aaron Levie, Box and Box.org with The Pitch Prize for Innovation in Entrepreneurship. Join emcee Baratunde Thurston, Bay Area youth entrepreneurs, and other BUILD supporters for an incredible evening of inspiration.

Each year, BUILD presents The Pitch Prize to an individual or group that embodies the vision, passion, and spirit of entrepreneurship that BUILD inspires in its youth. It was created in honor of Franklin “Pitch” Johnson, BUILD’s earliest investor whose support has helped BUILD to grow from an idea into a national organization at the forefront of educational reform. Past winners of The Pitch Prize include Jack Dorsey, Ben Silbermann, Reid Hoffman, Marissa Mayer, Nick Woodman, Brian Chesky and the Golden State Warriors.

Co-Chair Committee

Kate and Ajay Agarwal
Brandee Barker
Shanti and Doug Brien
Gayle and Ron Conway
Jack Dorsey
Suzanne and Josh Klahr

How to Join Us

Sponsor a table or purchase individual tickets. Sponsors receive recognition in all BUILD Gala materials, and on website, social media and event signage. For more information please review our Gala Sponsorship Packet or contact Larisa Marinas.




As of 12/19/17

Presenting Sponsor
Jack Dorsey

Dream Maker Sponsor
Gayle and Ron Conway
Cathie and Pitch Johnson

Angel Investor Sponsor
Kate and Ajay Agarwal
Brandee Barker
Shanti and Doug Brien
Audrey and Louis Chang
Trish and Karl Jacob
Shannon Hunt-Scott and Kevin Scott
Seven Post Investment Office LP

Entrepreneur Sponsor
Alpha Club
Criterion Capital Management, LLC
Nicole and Michael Farb
Meghan Murphy and Trevor Kempner

Transportation Sponsor
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Student, Staff and Volunteer Dinner Sponsor
Jenny and Josh Stein

Highlights from last year’s Gala, honoring the Golden State Warriors:

  • A short film screening of BUILDing a Bigger Life, artfully produced by our generous partners at the Golden State Warriors.
  • An inspiring student marketplace where BUILD youth entrepreneurs showcased and sold their products, earning over $4,000.
  • BUILD alumna, Ay’Anna Moody’s, told her story: “BUILD gave me the courage to act when I felt uncertain and reminded me to always listen to the voice inside and give birth to whatever beauty it created.”
  • CEO and Co-Owner of the Warriors, Joe Lacob, kicked off the live auction with a unique offering — a custom signed basketball and a game of H-O-R-S-E with NBA All-Star Klay Thompson.

See all the photos from last year’s event here.