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

The Founder Showcase brings together over 600 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? Vote for your favorite startups before the deadline this Sunday, October 14th.

Miss the Application Deadline? You still have a shot to get on stage with our Demo Table Competition. Click here for more details.

The 12th Founder Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7th at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. In addition to an entertaining pitch competition, guests will also see Keynote speeches by David Sacks (Founder & CEO of Yammer), and more

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.

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 Sunday, October 14th, 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 on Monday evening, October 15th. 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 roundAugust 23, 2012 @ 12:05 AM (PDT)October 10, 2012 @ 11:59 PM (PDT)
Voting roundAugust 23, 2012 @ 12:05 AM (PDT)October 14, 2012 @ 11:59 PM (PDT)

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