The program will start at 8:30 a.m., when Steve Blank will be interviewed about his new book “the Startup Owners Handbook” followed by discussions on the changing role of venture capital, updates from several Launch: Silicon Valley alumni companies, a look into what’s in store for us from Paul Saffo, futurist, and a lively discussion with Ray Rothrock, Chair of the National Venture Capital Association. The afternoon will be given over to the 30 presenting companies, when each one will have the opportunity to present their products and field questions from the audience and a panel of VCs and Angels. An award will be given for the “Most Likely to Succeed” in each of the six presenting categories. Finalists will also be given the opportunity to pitch to representatives from Enterprise Ireland, which can provide up to $500,000 in seed funding to companies looking to locate part of their operations in Europe. Presenters will be available to showcase their companies and products in the exhibition hall, which is open for networking, deal making, and interviews between presentations.
“We are right in the middle of the biggest inflection point that the healthcare industry has ever seen. I am thrilled to share what we are doing at HealthCrowd because we actually have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of tens of millions of ordinary Americans." said Neng Bing Doh, co-founder and CEO of HealthCrowd.
The event will kick off with the Pre-Launch: Silicon Valley 2012 Press Briefing introducing the finalists to the media for their stories, and Pre- Event Party on the evening of June 4, when presenting startup teams will have the opportunity to network with some of Silicon Valley's most influential executives and deal makers.
“We are excited to have innovative startups like HealthCrowd present at this year’s Launch: Silicon Valley product launch,” said Chris Gill, President of SVForum Board of Directors. “Beyond the competition, HealthCrowd will have the opportunity to network with some of Silicon Valley's most influential executives and deal makers as a way to build critical relationships that support their path forward.”
HealthCrowd is the first easy and effective way for healthcare organizations to engage their members. The company's Dynamic Persuasion Engine (TM) powered platform leverages the ubiquity of text messaging combined with proven consumer engagement technique from the online industry to motivation members/patients to take action.
About SVForum’s Launch: Silicon Valley
In its 7th year, Launch: Silicon Valley is now firmly established as the premier product launch platform for technology startups. The event, co-presented by SVForum, Garage Technology Ventures and Microsoft, provides the next generation of emerging technology companies with the opportunity to pitch their products to, and network with, an audience of Silicon Valley’s top VCs, Angels, corporate business development executives, prospective customers and partners, bloggers and media.
Launch: Silicon Valley is co-presented by SVForum, early stage venture capital firm Garage Technology Ventures and Microsoft, which will host the event at the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View. Additional sponsors include Cooley LLP, Deloitte, Enterprie Ireland, Global Media Strategy communications LLC, Hummer Winblad, the Band of Angels, Sand Hill Angels, the Angels Forum, The Kauffman Fellows Program, NEA, Halosys Technologies, LeadFormix, RocketSpace and VentureDeal
Established in 1983, SVForum is a leading Silicon Valley not-for-profit organization. SVForum provides an unbiased source of information and insight to the technology community. SVForum engages the community by creating connections and community, providing education and access to resource and linking the global business community to Silicon Valley. SVForum provides the latest insights on emerging technology trends and best business practices through events, specialized services and resources. SVForum reaches 15,000 technology professionals annually through more than 20 events each month. SVForum partners include global leaders Accenture, Citrix, Deloitte, Genentech, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia and SAP, as well as leading venture capital firms, service providers and the Sobrato Foundation.
For further information, visit the SVForum website at www.svforum.org.
Launch: Silicon Valley 2012
Jeff Lettes, Global Media Strategy Communications
Neng Bing Doh