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Vator Splash LA Startup Competition 2014

Win sit-down meetings with top VCs and $35k-plus in prizes from Rackspace, Apple, etc

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Apply for the opportunity to get in front of top-notch VCs, angel and corporate investors and high-tech influencers. The top 10 startups from this online competition will present on stage at Splash LA on Oct. 2 in front of hundreds of attendees.

An overall winner will be crowned and chosen by a selection committee on Oct. 2.

The winning company gets one-hour individual sit-down meetings with top-notch VCs, such as Javelin Venture Partners, Greycroft, Wavemaker Partners, Shasta Ventures, Baroda Ventures, Bullpen Capital, Anthem Venture Partners, CAA Ventures, Tech Coast Angels, and Rustic Canyon Partners. Plus the top 10 finalists win one year free service from Rackspace.

The overall winner receives in-kind prizes to help cut business expenses. Prizes - which are valued at $35k-plus - are one-year free subscription valued at $24k from Rackspace, an Apple iPad Mini, free engineering work valued at around $8000 from Stratpoint Technologies, two-hour tax consultation from KPMG, two-hour legal consultation from Wilson Sonsini, free services from Braintree, SendGrid, Scrubbed, Bread and Butter and more TBD.


NOTE: Deadline for applications is August 29 

          See the event: Vator Splash LA

To be a finalist, you have to apply to this competition, and go through two rounds. See the tab "Competition Rounds" for details.

Even if you don't make the top 10. To qualify for the competition, your startup must be under three years old and with no more than $2 million raised in outside capital.

We will notify the finalists no later than September 16.    


The Vator community and its Splash event provided the perfect launch pad to generate exposure for our health marketplace which connects consumers directly with providers who treat patients through traditional or alternative medicine. Winning the Vator Splash 2013 competition in San Francisco gave us the exposure, quality venture capital meetings and network effect every startup needs to initiate and complete a successful round. The very next quarter, we raised $4 million in our Series A. Thanks Vator!" Lisa Maki, CEO and founder of Pokitdok  


We had no idea of the power of Vator Splash until we found the event packed with representatives from many of the region's most renowned investment groups, journalists, elected officials, and professionals from tech and related fields. After OppSites was awarded first prize, our schedule rapidly filled with meetings with top venture capital investors, interviews with local media, and offers of support from business development professionals. And that is to say nothing of the exposure from being on Vator's vibrant online community and platform as well as the personal support and insight provided by Vator's founder and CEO Bambi Francisco. Vator has put OppSites on a completely new course, and has accelerated our path to success. Ian Ross, Founder and CEO of OppSites


My co-founders and I are extremely grateful for the Vator Splash Oakland competition! Not only did being a Top 15 Finalist give us an amazing opportunity to pitch to an esteemed judging panel, receive valuable feedback, and get wide exposure to a large audience, but we were also given access to free services from Rackspace, Scrubbed, and even introduced to the Scobleizer!  In addition, our demo booth gave us great one-on-one exposure to potential partners, business clients, and investors who were interested in our video technology for marketplaces. The other startups there were extremely open and receptive...if you're looking for a place to jump-start your company, Vator is definitely a great way to do it!  From Paiman Vahdati, Founder and CEO of  Flickflyer.


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