posted on Friday, October 24, 2008

Call for Entrants: Startup Demo Fall 2008

The deadline for submissions is November 10, 2008
Calling all entrepreneurs!

The MIT Venture Lab is pleased to announce our Start up Demo Fall 2008 event.

Location : One Union Square Boardroom
600 University St., First Level(Lower lobby, 6th Avenue level, behind the escalator)
Seattle, WA 98101
Date & Time : December 4, 2008 - 5:30-8:00pm
Team Leader : Steve Johnson

We will be bringing together entrepreneurs from across the Pacific Northwest to showcase their exciting new products and services. If your startup is looking for exposure, the MIT Venture lab is here for you.

This is the only Demo event in the region that allows you, the entrepreneur, to show your wares to a room filled with other entrepreneurs, Angels, VCs and media representatives. The only catch is that your new product or service must be something that can be “demo’d”. In other words, we want to see your product in action!

This event is FREE to all entrants, there is no submission or presentation fee.

To enter, please send a one-page email describing your company or service to edwardh (at) widemile (dot) com

The email should include the following:
- Company Name
- Contact Information
- Quick description of product or service
- Brief description of Target Market (who is going to use your product or service and why)
- Status of the product/service (prototype, beta, Version 1 launched, etc).

Please do not send an executive summary or business plan.

Based on your submission, the Venture Lab will select 10-12 companies to present to our screening committee on November 20th. From there, the committee will select 6 companies to demo their product at the December 4th Venture lab.

Your 10 minute presentation should be as follows:
Introduction of presenter/company – 30 seconds
Discuss the product itself – 1 minute
Discussion of target user of the product – 1 minute
How the company built product – 2 and a half minutes
This includes specifics like where you found developers, and manufacturers, how you initiated partnerships, how you were able to motivate if you had few funds, and timelines for development. This is where the attendees will learn the nuts and bolts of new product development in an entrepreneurial environment.
Product Demo – 5 minutes

Afterwards, we’ll have time for Q&A from the audience. A panel of judges representing entrepreneurs, VCs, Angels and the media will select a winner at the event.

This is a one of a kind opportunity to showcase your business in front of group eager to learn about you. Please consider presenting at the MIT Venture Lab’s “Start up Demo Fall 2008”!


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