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Vator Splash SF (February 2013)

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Calling all entrepreneurs! Get ready for Vator Splash SF!

Win the chance to present on stage at Splash SF on February 13 in San Francisco in front of some 400 business professionals, comprising of executives from startups and large companies, angel investors, VCs, and media. 

Also win a chance to meet with top-tier VCs.

The Splash winner receives one-hour sit-down meetings with Alsop Louie Partners, Javelin Venture PartnersFloodgate, and Morgenthaler Ventures, the early-stage VCs behind Evernote, Lending Club, and Siri. 

To win the VC sit-down prize, you must be one of the top 10 hot startups to showcase at the event. To be one of the top 10, you have to apply to this competition and be vetted by judges. 

To qualify you must be under 3 years old, and have raised no more than $1.5 million in funding.


Even though success is not defined by how much money a company has raised, DogVacay, Getable, Thumbtack, Astrid, Udemy, Plink and Geeklist, to name a few, have gone on to raise millions of dollars collectively from venerable VCs, soon after presenting at Splash.  

Here's some recent testimonials from past winners:

"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.

"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.

For details about how to win, see round details section.

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 bottle of wine. Free back-office consultation and work courtesy Backops. Other in-kind prizes TBD.

The Splash winner (voted by judges) and People's Choice winner (voted by the audience) get: Same as top 10, a magnum of wine, courtesy Manifesto; 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; An one-hour sit-down VC meeting with Javelin Venture Partners, Floodgate, Alsop Louie Partners and Morgenthaler, the early-stage VCs behind Evernote, Lending Club, and Siri.

The Splash winner also wins an Apple iPad. 

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. 

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