Splash Competition San Francisco (Feb. 2012)

Celebrating entrepreneurship with start-up pitches and lessons learned from seasoned entrepreneurs

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Calling all entrepreneurs! Splash is back in SF
Save the date - February 2, 2012! 

Hear from top entrepreneurs about what it takes to build a business that lasts. 

Like other Splash events and competitions, CEOs and/or founders of 10 companies, chosen by their peers and vetted by judges, will have the opportunity to present onstage and give a three-minute pitch in front of some 400 business professionals, comprising of executives from startups and large companies, angel investors, VCs, and media.

As always, the San Francisco evening event will be held at Cafe du Nord.

Get your tickets now.

Splash winners and finalists have had some great success stories.

Even though success is not defined by how much money a company has raised, RentCycle, Grovo, Bump and Udemy did go on to raise millions of dollars collectively from venerable VCs, soon after presenting at Splash. 

"Vator Splash was a fantastic event for us, we presented in September and met fantastic investors and partners. If you have a chance to present or attend a Vator event, they bring great value to any startup." - Mitch Thrower, Founder and CEO, BUMP.com

"Udemy was the winner of the May 2010 Vator Splash, and it was perhaps the most important award we've won to-date. Vator Splash is an incredible event in which entrepreneurs are given a chance to showcase their wares in front of a huge crowd of investors, advisors, executives and fellow entrepreneurs. Bambi and team do a great job running the event and bring in top-quality speakers and judges. The event provides results: a significant number of investors, advisors and business development opportunities arose after we won Vator Splash in front of a crowd of more than 200. Furthermore, one of the judges - Dave McClure - ended up investing in our company. Finally, VatorSplash was a great momentum-builder for us as we were getting ready to fundraise. The victory provided social proof to prospective investors and increased our chances of successfully attracting investment. We went on to raise $1M from a great group of angel investors!" Gagan BiyaniUdemy

"From the exposure and feedback we've gotten through Vator's site, to the connections with investors and rising entrepreneurs at Vator Splash events, Vator has raised the trajectory of our startup. Entrepreneurs who aren't on Vator are missing out on a huge opportunity. Nick Such (Co-founder and CEO, BuildingLayer)

"Vator Splash was an excellent way for Breakthrough.com to gain exposure. A half-dozen investors wanted to talk with us after winning and one of the Valley's highest profile angels committed to invest three days later. We are grateful because internet health care startups are under-appreciated and under-funded. Vator helped us breakthrough (no pun intended). Mark Goldenson (CEO, Breakthrough.com)

Joining us onstage are Jeff Fluhr, founder and CEO of Spreecast, and co-founder of Stubhub, where he served as CEO, building the company from the ground up until the sale to eBay for $310 million, as well as Aaron Levie, founder and CEO of Box.net, which is currently valued at a reported half-a-billion dollars. On our VC/investor list are Michael Brown (head of Twitter Corp Dev), Craig Sherman (Meritech Capital), Saad Khan (CMEA), Charles Moldow(Foundation Capital), Mike Hirshland (Resolute VC), Jed Katz (Javelin Venture Partners), Sharon Wienbar (Scale Venture Partners), Raj Kapoor (Mayfield Fund), Howard Lindzon (prolific angel investor), Frank Artale (Ignition Partners), Josh Stein (DFJ), Darcy Frisch (Hearst Ventures), Shayna Modarresi (DLA Piper), and David Hornik will be back for another segment of "Late Night with David Hornik." Our online judges include Robert Goldberg (former chief revenue officer at Zynga), Xander Mahoney (DFJ), Craig Stern (head of Corp Dev, Nextag), and Freeman Murray (prolific angel investor). And, of course, we'll have our afterparty band - Coverflow, with Raj Kapoor (Mayfiled),Tim Chang (Mayfield), Phil Kaplan (ADHD Labs), Prashant Fuloria (Facebook), Ethan Beard (Facebook), and our musician timekeeper - The Mule from Smule.


The Top 10 wins:

The top 10 companies have the opportunity to give a three-minute presentation onstage. They'll get a professional video of their presentation produced by Vator, and one free ticket to the event and afterparty, and a bottle of wine, courtesy Cannonball.

At the night of the event, the judges will choose the overall Splash winner. The audience will choose the People's Choice winner.

The Splash winner will get:

-- Professional video of his/her presentation

-- One-hour sit-down meeting with Javelin Venture Partners 

-- A magnum of wine, courtesy Cannonball

The Splash People's Choice Award will get: 

-- A magnum of wine, courtesy Cannonball

-- 20-seat enterprise account for one year from Box. Value: $3600

-- $250 gift certificate form Zozi

Vator Splash SF, to be held in February 2012 at Café du Nord in San Francisco, is democratizing access to the Silicon Valley elite. Ten early-stage startups selected by their peers share the stage with rockstar CEOs who share their secrets to success with the crowd of 400 startup CEOs, investors, service providers and bloggers. Vator Splash is hosted by Bambi Francisco. Investors from top VC firms, such as 500 Startups, Alsop Louie, Andreessen Horowitz, AngelPad, AOL Ventures, August Capital, Battery Ventures, Bessemer, Betaworks, BlueRun, Bullpen Capital, Blumberg, Canaan, Claremont, Crosslink Capital, DFJ, Emergence Capital, Felicis, First Round, Founders Fund, Freestyle Captial, Greycroft, Greylock, Google Ventures, Hummer Winblad, IVP, Industry Ventures, IDG Ventures, Javelin Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed, Mayfield, Morgenthaler, North Bridge, Polaris, Redpoint, RRE Ventures, Rustic Canyon, Shasta Ventures, Softech VC, SV Angels LLC, Norwest, NYC Seed, Scale, Technology Crossover Ventures, Techstars, Venrock and more will be attending or have attended our events.

This competition is over

Competition dates
From: Monday, November 28, 2011 01:55 PM PST
To: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 11:55 PM PST












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