Vator Splash Competition (May 2010)

Vator Splash Competition (May 2010)

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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. 

Vator is holding its second Vator Splash event to find up-and-coming,  early-stage startups to present at the Vator Splash event on May 13, 2010 at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco.

(Join Zappos CEO and founder, Tony Hsieh, gWallet CEO Gurbaksh Chahal, August Capital VC Howard Hartenbaum, Foundation Capital Charles Moldow, Founders Fund VC Dave McClure, Lightspeed Ventures VC Jeremy Liew, Mayfield VC Raj Kapoor, SoftTech VC Jeff Clavier and Norwest VC Tim Chang. For more details about Vator Splash and to buy your tickets now, click here. There are limited tickets, so buy them soon)

Vator, a leading platform for innovators and entrepreneurs to broadcast themselves, and a provider of news and information through VatorNews, is looking to recognize and film promising startups across technology, including digital media, social media, consumer Internet, software, SaaS, iPhone apps, mobile, etc.


What you win:

The top 10 companies have the opportunity to give a three-minute presentation onstage, and get a professionally-produced video of the presentation. The audience at the Vator Splash event will then cast their vote for their favorite out of the 10.

The Splash winner will...

- present again onstage in a segment called Splash Box - an American-Idol-styled segment with four investors as panelists.

- receive a magnum of Patz & Hall 2006 Chenoweth Ranch – Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

- receive $500 of cloud computing credits from Amazon Web Services. The top nine finalists will receive $100 cloud computing credits from Amazon Web Services

- receive an Apple iPad (one or two, depending on how many founders in the team) from SecondMarket



Time frame: March 2 to May 6, 2010 at 11:59 PST.

Who should apply? Entrepreneurs with seed to early-stage startups across technology. This means you can launch at the event. Or you can be a company that's received no more than an A round and is no more than three years old. Those who've already made the stage at a prior Splash event will not be allowed to present again.

What should you submit? 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. But you don’t need one. If you win, we’ll take one of you on stage. 

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. The popular vote on Vator will have a significant weighting and as such will be a significant part of the judging process. 

The popular vote will whittle the competition field down to the top 15 vote-getters. The judges will then rate the top 15 to 20. Their input will account for 50% of the vote. The judges will take points away if a company does not provide enough information for them to rate. The popular vote will account for 50% of the vote, with each contestant's vote weighted against the leading vote-getter.

To win a free ticket!

-- Participants with more than 100 popular votes get two free tickets to the event and after-party.

-- Anyone who votes will be entered into a lottery to win a free ticket. Vator will give five tickets away to voters.


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