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Previous Showcase Contestants Have Raised Over $40 million. Who is Next?

Founder Showcase Pitch Competition Quarterfinalist

Founder Showcase Pitch Competition Quarterfinalist

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The Founder Showcase brings together over 300 leading investors, founders, and members of the press to network, hear talks from leading CEOs, and help launch a startup company to greatness. Who is next?

Get your votes in now - public voting ends at 11:59pm PST on Monday, July 2nd.

The 11th Founder Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25th at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View, CA. In addition to an entertaining pitch competition, guests will also see Keynote speeches by Kevin Rose (Founder of Digg and Venture Partner at Google Ventures), Aaron Levie (Co-Founder & CEO of Box), and Hiten Shah (CEO of KISSmetrics).

Tickets start at just $75 - but this event will sell out, so get your tickets today.

Contest Requirements

Any early-stage company that is less than 2 years old, with less than $250k USD in funding is invited to apply to the Founder Showcase Pitch Competition. Plus, you'll even get $50 in Elance Credit just for applying!

You will need to submit a video for entry. Don't freak out - this is a seed-stage startup competition, so non-professionally produced videos work just fine (ex. webcam of you talking, or a video of you pitching your company elsewhere). There are no tight requirements on the video, but the best format is 3 - 5 minutes, covering the following topics;

  1. What does your company do, and what need does it serve?
  2. Describe the market where you will compete.
  3. What makes you unique compared to your competition? In other words, what is your secret sauce?
  4. Where are you in your growth plans?
  5. Who are you/ your team?

Online public voting that takes place prior to the voting deadline of 11:59pm PST on Monday, July 2nd, 2012 will play a major, but not sole, part in deciding the top 20 companies who advance to the Quarterfinal Round of the Competition. We take pride in showing the most promising seed-stage technology companies at the Founder Showcase, so we reserve a level of internal judgement. In the end, we are choosing companies that we think have the best chance for success on stage at our event.

These Quarterfinalists will be privately notified no later than Tuesday, July 3rd. Over the following two weeks, the Quarterfinalists will undergo further evaluation and be narrowed down to 15 Semifinalists, and then the 8 Finalists who are invited to attend and pitch at the event for free. All Semifinalists receive free tickets to the event as consolation.

Contest Timeline

Round nameStarts onEnds on
Submission roundMay 31, 2012 @ 12:00 AM (PDT)July 2, 2012 @ 11:59 PM (PDT)
Voting roundMay 31, 2012 @ 12:00 AM (PDT)July 2, 2012 @ 11:59 PM (PDT)

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