- Pitch to Niklas Zennstrom and Kevin Rose for €500K in prizes
- Tony Hawk joins Web Summit lineup
Today the Web Summit is launching an opportunity for some of the hottest startups in the world to exhibit for free. Last year almost 200 of the world’s top startups including Vine, Wrapp and SmartThings attracted attention from 300 investors from Andreessen Horowitz, KPCB, Accel, Index, Atomico as well as journalists from Bloomberg, Wired, TechCrunch, Forbes, The Guardian and others at the Web Summit.
This year, Europe’s largest startup event is hand picking the top startups in the world to exhibit for free. While larger tech companies will pay upwards of €10k to exhibit at the summit, startups chosen for the Summit’s Alpha program will exhibit for the price of a regular attendee ticket giving them access to the world’s top investors and media from Europe and the US – an opportunity that doesn’t exist elsewhere in Europe. The first round of entries ends on Friday. Click here for further details - http://www.websummit.net/startups/index.html
The Summit has just launched PITCH in association with Aaron Levie’s Box, it’s search for the world’s top startup will see over 100 startups peach in front of a panel of judges that will include Skype and Atomico founder Niklas Zennstrom, Evernote board member and angel investor Esther Dyson, Google Ventures entrepreneur Kevin Rose and renowned blogger Robert Scoble. As well as getting the eye of an unrivalled list of investors, winners will receive a package of cash and services from the likes of KPMG and others to the value of over €500,000 – ensuring legal, hosting, accounting and other services are a no brainer.
The Summit is fast becoming Europe’s answer to South By South West, an eclectic mix of all things tech together with some impressive non-tech speakers. Previous speakers have included everyone from Jack Dorsey to Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld to U2’s Bono. This years lineup includes Phil Libin, founder of Evernote, Niklas Zennstrom, founder of Skype and Atomico; Joe Lonsdale founder of Palantir and Formation8; Matt Mullenweg, founder of Wordpress; Jay Bregman, founder of Hailo and pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk. Hawk, the man behind Tony Hawk pro-skater and the first man to do a 900 degree flip will talk about the boom, the bust and and the pivot.
The Summit will offer open offices from some of the top VC’s in the world as well as practical hands on sessions and late night networking opportunities – after all, the real work will be done over a pint of Guinness.
The Web Summit takes place in Dublin this October 30th and 31st. Tickets available fromwww.websummit.net