It's time for women with great ideas to ignite their company's visibility and growth!
Girls in Tech, a social network enterprise focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of like-minded, professional, intelligent and influential women in technology has partnered with Vator.tv, a leading social network for entrepreneurs and innovators, and of news and information through VatorNews.
Together, we are hosting our first-ever Amplify Business Pitch Competition - Awarding women-led startups, which will be held on November 18, 2010 in San Francisco.
Our keynote speaker is Esther Dyson, an active angelinvestor in a variety of start-ups, for-profit and otherwise, around the world. She also operates as the Internet’s court jester, a person of no institutional importance who somehow manages to speak the truth and to be heard when and where it matters. She does business as EDventure, the reclaimed name of the company she owned for 20-odd years before selling it to CNET Networks in 2004.
Her primary activity is investing in start-ups and guiding many of them as a board member. Her board seats include 23andMe, Airship Ventures, Boxbe, Voxiva, Eventful, Evernote, IBS Group (Russia, advisory board), Meetup, Midentity (UK), NewspaperDirect, Yandex (Russia)…and WPP Group (not a start-up). Some of her other direct IT investments include Flickr and Del.icio.us (sold to Yahoo!), BrightMail (sold to Symantec), Orbitz (sold to Cendant), Medstory and Powerset (both sold to Microsoft), Plazes (sold to Nokia), Tacit (sold to Oracle), BlogAds, BrightHouse, ChoiceStream, Dopplr, Dotomi, Linkstorm, Mashery, Organized Wisdom, Ovusoft, PatientsLikeMe, Resilient,Technorati, ThingD, Vizu.com and Zedo. Indirectly, she is an investor in Amee.cc and Wesabe.
As a two-time weightless flyer, she is also active in the commercial space/airline start-up world, with investments in Icon Aircraft, Space Adventures/Zero-G, XCOR Aerospace and Zero-G.
What you win:
Two Apple iPads - courtesy SecondMarket
14 finalists will present onstage at the Amplify event in November 2010 in San Francisco to an audience of 150 and a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and investors as judges. Presenters will gain visibility, feedback -- and perhaps even funding. All applicable entrants will receive discount passes to the conferences, and runners-up will be given VIP passes. Further prizes TBA.
Time frame: The competition launches Tuesday, August 17, with the final popular vote and judges voting ending on Nov. 12. Please see round details for when the popular vote ends and the judges vote begins.
Who should apply:
Startups at any stage of maturity pre-exit with female leadership are eligible to apply.
Leadership is defined as:
--A female CEO or COO or CTO
--A female founder who remains on the senior management team
(See 'round details' for more information about the type of companies we are seeking)
How to apply:
Submissions are in the form of a Vator company profile. We encourage video as it gives us a better sense of who’s behind the company. For what to include in your video, see below under, "see more details"
How do you submit:
Already on Vator?
Just click the "participate in this competition" button on the top right of this competition page.
Not yet on Vator?
It's quick, easy and free. First register. Then create a profile for your company. The more comprehensive your company profile is, the more likely to get votes, ratings and be reviewed. Once you create your company profile, then just click the "participate in this competition" button on the top right of this competition page.
How to win:
Get out the vote on Vator! More votes on Vator will drive up your chances of winning.
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