Please see the official Founder Showcase website (www.foundershowcase.com) for all event details.
The Founder Showcase by TheFunded.com is an open startup pitch and networking event that highlights seed stage businesses, helping founders gain traction among the Silicon Valley elite.
On Tuesday, May 18th, ten companies elected by over 13,500 registered Members of TheFunded.com will present to an audience of over 200 investors, founders, and members of the press. A panel of experts will critique the pitches, and an open ballot of those in attendance will determine the Grand Prize Winner, who will receive $2,500 on the spot.
Learn about innovative companies today that you will read about tomorrow.
Showcase guests will be treated to food and drinks, as well as informative talks by two leading Silicon Valley CEOs. There is also a networking and Pitch Table area for startups, service providers, and investors to convene. Previous investors that have attended include Charles River Ventures, JAFCO, Leapfrog, Polaris, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, First Round, Blue Run, and various angels. Over $250,000 has been raised by presenting companies that met investors at the Showcase.
"My name is Shelby Clark, and I’m currently a second year student at HBS. I founded a startup called RelayRides (www.relayrides.com), and we were among the groups who presented in October. I wanted to let you know that we actually met an angel at the event that eventually participated in our seed round! Just thought I’d pass along the good news and thank you for setting these events up as they are very helpful to entrepreneurs."
5:30pm – 5:45pm: Registration Opens
5:45pm – 6:15pm: Welcome & Networking with Food
6:15pm – 6:45pm: Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote
6:45pm – 7:30pm: Round One Pitches & Voting
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Networking Break with Drinks
8:00pm – 8:45pm: Round Two Pitches & Voting
8:45pm – 9:15pm: Bubba Murarka, Business Development at Facebook
9:15pm – 9:35pm: Showcase Showdown and Grand Prize Winner Ceremony
9:35pm -11:00pm: Networking with Drinks
Want to Pitch?
Any seed or early-stage company less than 2 years old and with less than $500,000 in funding is invited to apply to the Founder Showcase Contest.
First, reserve a ticket to the Founder Showcase event above. The 10 presenting companies will be reimbursed for their purchased tickets – the Founder Showcase does not charge entrepreneurs to present to investors!
Second, create your company Pitch on the Showcase section of TheFunded.com. If you are not yet a member of TheFunded, please apply here, and be sure to mention the Founder Showcase prominently in your application. The sooner you apply, the more time you have to gather votes.
Third, collect as many votes as possible on TheFunded.com by the voting deadline of Sunday, May 9th at 11:59pm PT. Get the word out and gather votes - send people to TheFunded.com's Showcase section, and use the hashtag #foundershowcase in your posts. On Monday, May 10th, the 10 top companies to present at the event will be announced.
The 10 finalists will receive:
- A free ticket to the Founder Showcase
- Discounts and free startup essential offers
- A chance to win $2,500 on the spot
Tickets and Pitch Tables are limited, so please RSVP today. We hope to see you at The Founder Showcase, and good luck!
When & Where
TheFunded.com is an online community of entrepreneurs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide. In addition, TheFunded.com allows entrepreneurs to view and share term sheets, to assist one other finding good investors, and to discuss the many facets of operating a business.