The competition represents a “Silicon Valley without borders”.
Hundreds of entrepreneurs go through pre-qualifying phase where once registered they need to find new users in a highly engaging gamified process. Only the 64 projects with more new users will enter the competition. These projects will have the opportunity to pitch to investors in an elimination process similar to the NCAA basketball tournament until there is a winner.
The competition addresses 2 of the main barriers to success for startups: Access to investors and traction (users) generation.
Startup Icon already counts with the participation of elite investors such as: Tim Draper (Founder of DFJ investment fund), Nolan Bushnell (Founder of Atari), Bill Reichert (Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures) and Jason Mendelson (Co-founder of Foundry group).
The pre-qualifying phase starts in March 2013 and the competition with the Top 64 projects in May 2013.
Entrepreneurs can register at www.startupicon.tv
Find them at:
• Sxsw interactive, March 8th -12th
Are you interested in becoming a judge or a sponsor? Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Startup Icon – Startup Icon rights and intelectual property are owned by Agora Technologies Inc. (USA). Agora Technologies has an all-star leadership team which has created technology startups, turned them into market leaders, and excelled at companies such as: Autodesk, Atari, Nintendo, Monster.com, and Sun Micro Systems. This team is supported by an equally impressive board of advisers with credentials from: Adobe, Bell Labs, Compaq, CIA, Dorsey & Whitney, and even the founder of both Atari and Chuck E. Cheese.