Calling all entrepreneurs! Vator Splash is going back to LA for its second year.
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 350 business professionals, comprising of executives from startups and large companies, angel investors, VCs, and media.
Vator will hold its second annual Vator Splash LA event at The Fairmont in Santa Monica this June 7, 2012.
To be among the top 10 promising start-up presenters, you must apply by joining this competition.
Even though success is not defined by how much money a company has raised, Thumbtack, Getable, 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 Biyani, Udemy
"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)
The Top 10 wins:
The top 10 companies get:
- The opportunity to give a three-minute presentation onstage.
- A professional video of their presentation produced by Vator
- A free ticket to event
- A bottle of wine, courtesy Cult of 8
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
-- One-hour sit-down meeting with Rustic Canyon Partners
-- A magnum of wine, courtesy Cult of 8
-- $2,000 per month of cloud hosting credits for 12 months, courtesy Rackspace
The Splash People's Choice Award will get:
-- A magnum of wine, courtesy Cult of 8
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.