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Contest for the best 30 seconds startup pitch at SXSW ’14

Win $100,000 and more! Vote or submit your startups below.

Submit your startup

Submit your startup until Wednesday 3/19 11:59pm CST

Category competitions

Startups then automatically participate in their respective Category Competition to get more traction and possibly more press coverage

Daily competitions

Winners of Daily Competitions get press coverage by VentureBeat

  1. 9thMarch View startups
  2. 10thMarch View startups
  3. 11thMarch View startups
  4. 12thMarch View startups
  5. 13thMarch View startups

Investors

These investors have a final say on the best startups from the Daily & Category Competitions to potentially win the top prize

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Contest Prizes

This is the second year VentureBeat and Buzzstarter have teamed up for the Win30s competition. The first year, 129 companies were interviewed, and 1.5 million views were generated within a week. This year, it will be even bigger and better.

  • Win Investments, prizes, glory, press and meetings with 20+ top investors and managers from top brands.
  • #Win30s overall winner gets a chance to receive $50,000 in funding from Dave McClure and a coveted spot in 500 Startup's next incubator class.
  • #Win30s category winners (more than 10 categories) receive prizes offered by sponsors (worth $50k), and meetings with 20+ leading investors and brand managers from top brands.
  • #Win30s daily winners (held each day from March 7th – 11th) will receive VentureBeat press coverage on that day.
  • #Win30s VentureBeat pick (chosen by VB staff) will be invited to and will be invited to brief the editorial team at VentureBeat's headquarters in San Francisco or New York.
  • #Win30s Investors’ pick (chosen by all the investors) receive meetings with top investors
  • #Win30s Brands’ pick (chosen by all the top brands) receive meetings with top brand managers
  • #Win30s Buzzstarter pick (chosen by Buzzstarter staff) will receive a free marketing campaign worth $25,000 from Buzzstarter
  • All the winners will receive coverage by VentureBeat and many other press outlets.
  • #Win30s category winners (more than 10 categories) receive prizes offered by sponsors (worth $50k, provided by Indinero, Nephoscale, Buzzstarter, Juno Labs, Xanadu), and meetings with 20+ leading investors and brand managers from top brands.
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How It Works

Two ways to enter:

  1. Find the VentureBeat and Buzzstarter team (follow @venturebeat, @winsxsw @buzzstarter and see where we are) and get interviewed for 30 seconds by VB journalist or Buzzstarter staff. We’ll upload your video to Win30s to be voted.
  2. Submit your startup through Win30s.co. Video link to either an elevator pitch or product demo is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Startups with videos are more likely to win.

Voting:

After the video of their pitch is posted, startups can promote their link on Buzzstarter to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and G+. Those with the most votes and “shares” will win. Get your users and fans to vote. Your startup is automatically entered into the grand prize, daily prize, and category competitions.

Voting Formula:

Number of votes (via the vote button), Retweets (RTs of the tweeted vote message) and Number of unique video views

Enter Now:

Startups will compete in more than ten categories, including Best Mobile, Best Consumer, Best Bootstrapped, Best Overall, Investors’ Pick, Brands’ pick, Buzzstarter pick and VentureBeat Pick, along with daily winners. The prize package includes investments, prizes, and meetings with more than 20 investors/brand managers. Submission of pitches begins from the start of SXSW Interactive on March 8th and ends on Saturday March 15th at 11:59pm PST. Fans can vote till Wednesday March 19th. Daily competition is held on each day of SXSW and ends at 2pm CST of the next day. Voting for category and overall winners goes on until Wednesday March 19th at 11:59pm PST. Daily winners will be announced at VentureBeat.com/tag/sxsw.

More investors and sponsors will be announced on March 8th when Win30s launches

Sponsors

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Submit your startup

Submit your startup until Wednesday 3/19 11:59pm CST