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San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Startup Grand Prix is a pitching competition for the start-ups based in Los Angeles based.
Winner of the grand prix gets a paid trip to Northern Europe’s leading start-up conference, Slush**.
Six to ten start-ups will be chosen, based on applications, to give each a 3 minute pitch. A panel of four VC:s (TBA) will give feedback on each performance. The audience will vote for the winner, by using an online platform called PocketVenture*, our co-host, available on your browser in your own device.
To apply for pitching, just follow these three steps and PocketVenture team will contact you and help with details
“I warmly welcome American entrepreneurs to explore the various business opportunities and excellent infrastructure that [Finland] can offer. The Finnish economy is knowledge-based, strong on innovation and open to foreign investment. We also have a skilled workforce and unique co-operation between educational and research institutions and industry. All these together make Finland an ideal place to test new solutions and technologies. Most of the transit trade from the EU to Russia already goes through Finland.”
- President Sauli Niinistö, (2/26/2013)
6:00 PM Welcome
6:30 PM Program starts - Key Note Andrew Stalbow
7:00 PM Startup Grand Prix - Explore pithing companies and fallow Live scores here
9:00 PM Program ends
The pitches and VCs' feedback will be videotaped.
We are currently looking for partners for this event. Please contact laura.laaksonen(a)formin.fi if you are interested.
Andrew Stalbow is Executive Vice President, Strategic Partnerships for Rovio Entertainment, where he is responsible for growing Rovio’s entertainment franchises. Andrew is focused on developing new revenue streams for the company by building partnerships with the entertainment industry, establishing the company’s burgeoning video animation business, and working with the biggest consumer brands, retailers and digital distribution platforms.
In his previous role as Senior Vice President of Mobile at Fox Digital Entertainment, Andrew was responsible for app publishing and video licensing for 20th Century Fox properties such as 'Glee', 'Avatar' and 'The Simpsons', and worked with Rovio on the development of the Angry Birds Rio game, a unique integration between 'Angry Birds' and the Fox film 'Rio'.
Robert W. Price is the Executive Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Institute. He enjoys world renown as an expert in the field of entrepreneurial capitalism. He is a strategist, innovative thought leader, public speaker, creative educator, and prolific author. Founded in 1998, the Global Entrepreneurship Institute is a non-profit that supports and educates entrepreneurs around the world. Working as a global business incubator it also facilitates introductions to investors, professional service providers, and other entrepreneurs. Using his exclusive Roadmap to Entrepreneurial Success he has helped entrepreneurs raise over $100 million. Robert earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and his Bachelor's degree in International Studies from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Giang Biscan, PhD. is a serial entrepreneur and a supper connector, helping early staged technology startups raise seed and series A funding.
Her three successful exits include a technology that she invented for the minerals processing industry that was acquired by Ludowici in 2001, a technology transfer platform that was acquired by HITES Ltd in 2005 and an entertainment network that was acquired in 1998.She has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Newcastle in Australia, and an MBA from UCLA. Currently she is the Founder and CEO of TheStartupAngel.com, a boutique consulting firm that, in the last 3 years, have empowered many entrepreneurs through its fund raising and peer group programs.
Jacquelyn Hunter is the founder and CEO of Profit+Impact Partners, a business consultancy that specializes in partnering with entrepreneurs, businesses and non-profit organizations to create sustainable solutions to social and environmental problems using for-profit market-driven business models. Ms. Hunter also leads an investment group that matchmakes social ventures with impact investors. She has placed over $10M in first-round funding, has helped plan, finance, and grow over 500 enterprises, and has consulted entrepreneurs in the US, India, China, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
Ms. Hunter is the co-founder of B Revolution, a consulting firm specializing in B Corps and benefit corporations, and was its Business Planning and Capitalization Services Partner. She founded and led B Revolution Capital as its President. She is the Founder of the Thunderbird Angel Network, an Investors’ Circle Venture Fellow, and a former Small Business Consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women. She served for over two years as a Small Business Consultant for the United States Peace Corps in Belize, and was a Consultant to the Technopolis Project at ASU Venture Catalyst accelerator.
She received her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and her undergraduate degree in International Business and French from the University of San Diego. Jacquelyn speaks Spanish, Kriol (Belize dialect), basic French and Mandarin Chinese. In her free time, she enjoys playing beach volleyball and traveling, and is an advanced PADI scuba diver.
PocketVenture - Smarter & faster crowd funding that simply works. While raising crowd sourced finance is the core function of PocketVenture, it goes a lot further, helping you obtain crowd feedback, leverage your presale attempts and also actively communicate with the crowd investing community, giving you a full-fledged, potent platform to give your business idea the finances it needs to become reality, quickly and efficiently.
Slush is a two-day startup conference where the best tech talent from Northern Europe and Russia gets together to meet the leading investors and media from around the world. Slush takes place on November 13-14, 2013 in Helsinki, Finland. Some of the most respected international investors and media visit Slush to look for the next in tech from the home region of Nokia, Skype and Linux. Slush consists of two days of pitches, lightning talks, fireside chats, product demos, investor meetings, coaching sessions, job interviews and, above all, extensive feedback. (www.slush.fi)