Splash Competition San Francisco (Sept. 2011)
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Calling all entrepreneurs! Splash is back in San Francisco

on September 29. Save the date!

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.

Bump and Udemy went on to raise $1 million each, 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

We're still getting our speaker lineup together. But at the moment, on the VC/angel list are Noah Doyle (Javelin Venture Partners), Alex Rosen (IDG Ventures), Rob Theis (Scale Venture Partners), Joe Kraus (Google Ventures), Adam Smith (AOL Ventures), Bill Tai (Charles River Ventures), Eghosa Omoigui, Josh Felser (Freestyle Capital), Brian Jacobs (Emergence Capital) and more. Jim Lanzone, President of CBS Interactive (after selling his company Clicker to CBS Interactive), and former CEO of Ask.com, will be one of our keynotes.

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, a $100 gift certificate from Amazon Web Services, 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

-- $500 credit at Amazon Web Services

-- A magnum of wine, courtesy Cannonball

- 3-seat enterprise account for a year, worth $1260 at Box.net

- 2 Round trip business class tickets from British airways?

The Splash People's Choice Award will get:

-- $250 credit from Gilt City

-- A magnum of wine, courtesy Cannonball

Vator Splash SF, to be held Sept. 29, 2011 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, August Capital, Bessemer, BlueRun, Bullpen, Canaan, Claremont, DFJ, Felicis, First Round, Founders Fund, Greycroft, Greylock, Google Ventures, Hummer Winblad, IVP, Javelin Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed, Mayfield, North Bridge, Polaris, RRE Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Softech VC, SV Angels LLC, Norwest, NYC Seed, Scale, Techstars, Venrock and more will be attending or have attended our events.

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