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Vator Splash NY (December 2012)

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Vator is bringing its popular evening event back to the Big Apple!

Vator Splash NY will be held at Le Poisson Rouge in downtown Manhattan on Dec 5.

Many early-stage startups are sprouting up in NY! And, venture capitalists are starting to take a serious look.

We are looking to recognize 10 promising startups across technology, including digital media, social media, consumer Internet, software, SaaS, iPhone apps, mobile, etc.

Two keynotes will also share their lessons learned. Care.com's founder and CEO Sheila Marcelo will share her startup stories and how she grew her company, raising $100M since she founded it. Jeremy Allaire, founder and CEO of Brightcove, will share lessons about starting his company and taking it to an IPO exit earlier this year. Other speakers and judges include top NY-based VCs/angels/investors from RRE, FirstMark, IVP, Viacom, First Round, DFJ Gotham, Founder Collective, Great Oak Capital, Metamorphic, MentorTech, ffVenture Capital, and more, plus top NY-based startups, such as Warby Parker's CEO and founder, About.com's founder and CEO. We expect about 350 entrepreneurs/investors. Past startup winners include DogVacay, Getable, Thumbtack, Tripping, Astrid, Apartment List, to name a few.

 Enrollment is now closed.

What should you submit? Submissions are in the form of a Vator company profile. Click the "participate in this competition" button on the top right of this competition page.  

What do the top 10 finalists win?  The opportunity to give a three-minute presentation onstage. A professional video of their presentation produced by Vator. A free ticket to the event, and discounted tickets for their network. Discounted tickets for future Vator events. A magnum of wine. Free back-office consultation and work courtesy Backops.

On the night of Dec. 5, the audience will choose their favorite, which will be the People's Choice winner and the judges will choose their favorite, which will then become the Splash Winner. 

Splash winner (voted by judges) and People's Choice winner get: Same as top 10, a magnum of wine, courtesy Culto of 8; a demo table at the next Splash event; Discounts to Vator events; opportunity to be an online judge for the next Splash and other goodies. Two-hour accounting consultation courtesy KPMG; two-hour legal consultation courtesy Royse Law Firm. A sit-down VC meeting with FirstMark Capital. 

Splash winner also wins an Apple iPad.

Anyone who enters gets 20% off Splash admission and demo table tickets.

Check out our testimonials:

"Having the opportunity to demonstrate Apartment List at Vator Splash and talk about our vision to an audience of top-tier VC investors and entrepreneurs was an exciting honor. Bambi and team put on an great night of Silicon Valley networking.  We made meaningful connections at Splash as well as on Vator that are proving fruitful for our business, and winning the start up competition was icing on the cake. Thanks Bambi and team for creating a great investor and entrepreneur community and packing the house with a fantastic audience at your events," John Kobs, CEO and co-founder of Apartment List.

"At Vator Splash, I made great connections with a number of investors and had a number of follow-up meetings. We were able to raise our last round entirely from investors who discovered us from the publicity we generated from Vator Splash," said Jon Paris, CEO and founder of Astrid.

"Working with Vator, and Bambi, is a pleasure. She's really passionate about uniting great ideas with the right people. We actually tied for first in last years Vator Splash SF and as a direct result raised $150,000 from an investor who saw us pitch. TEEC Angels approached us right at the event and invested soon thereafter. Reuben Katz, CEO and founder of Geeklist.

"Vator has acted as a launchpad for my startup in terms of awareness and exposure. As a winner of a Vator competition, my startup enjoyed early traction and buzz. Vator has kept my business relevant in the minds of investors, entrepreneurs and potential employees. I've made many invaluable connections to the investor and entrepreneur community." Tim Hyer, founder and CEO, Getable

"DogVacay.com won Vator Splash LA in June 2012. The competition allowed us an opportunity to meet and pitch against some of the great Los Angeles startups and further foster our entrepreneurial community. There was such a positive energy with so many great minds providing insightful feedback throughout the night. Two paws up, Vator!"  Aaron Hirschhorn, founder & Top Dog, Dog Vacay

"Events like Vator Splash are critical for startups to generate awareness. We were a top 10 finalist for Splash LA. It provided us with an amazing opportunity to network and gain exposure to a whole community of investors and VCs. Soon after, we raised $3M as a result of the momentum/exposure from the event and the platform in general." Peter Vogel, founder of Plink.


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