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WELCOME TO THE 2017 DEW STARTUP COMPETITION

Over the past 5 years, DEW has awarded over $1,000,000 in prizes and provided invaluable exposure to startups throughout the world. The competition involves a highly competitive process where startups are screened and vetted by a panel of A-list investors who review applications online and select the best of the best to compete on stage at DEW before DEW attendees from leading entertainment, media and tech companies. The 2018 competition will consist of two categories of startups (described below) and two winners will be recognized.
View the winner of our 2017 competition. Learn more about the 12 finalists. 
View our sponsors for the 2017 Startup Pitches Competition.
View important deadlines and eligibility requirements for applicants.
View our judges panel.

Congratulation to the 2017 DEW Startup Winner!

Grey Jean Technologies
Genie gives retailers the power of artificial intelligence to predict consumer purchase behavior. Target customers and prospects with contextual, price-sensitive marketing offers.

Thank you to our 2017 Finalists!

Core Rights
Core Rights is building the future of music licensing. The company's new product, Music Licensing Exchange (MLX) is an integrated, direct licensing digital marketplace that serves business owners, rights holders, and music suppliers alike.
Maestro
At Maestro, our mission is to help this new class of enterprise live streamers engage their audiences and gather data insights like never before.
Pivotshare
Pivotshare is the world’s leading open subscription video network. Our technology lets anyone create their own branded channel or syndicate their content to existing channels.
WondaVR
Wonda VR makes its easy for content creators and brands to create and share highly engaging VR Video experiences on any VR platforms.
Dot Blockchain Music
DBCM is a new dynamic format and supporting technology architecture, designed to modernize rights management of media files globally for all participants.
 NPREX is the first-ever online platform for direct licensing of public performance rights (music compositions and sound recordings) between copyright owners and music users. NPREX facilitates the transactions through its patent pending pricing algorithm.
Sceenic
The 1st B2B immersive solution for co-viewing TV and OTT together with your friends via face to face video.
VRTIFY is reinventing the way the world produces, consumes and shares music. The company’s revolutionary technology provides music fans a new way to experience their favorite music through the immersive power of Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MxR).
Guru partners with cultural institutions (museums, zoos, aquariums, etc) to enhance the visitor experience through location aware mobile apps, cutting edge AR/VR technology and riveting content.

Pilotly enables media publishers to run digital focus groups at scale with precise audience segmentation. Our research solution is composed of a multi-platform video portal / APIs, interactive engagement tools for viewers, and dynamic reporting for clients.
Stagelink
Stagelink, the fan-powered tour promoter, crowdsources live events, leveraging millions of online followers to create successful shows and tours. 

Thank You to the 2017 DEW Startup Pitches Sponsors

2018 Judges Panel

Todd Klein, Partner, Revolution
Anton Zietsman, Director, 3311 Ventures
Clinton Foy, Managing Director, CrossCut Ventures
Richard Jun, Managing Partner, Bam Ventures
Pat Kenealy, Managing Director, Ridge Ventures (formerly IDG Ventures USA)
Johathan Azu, Investor and Senior Manager, Red Light Management
Bernard Moon, Co-founder & General Partner, SparkLabs Global Ventures
Peter Brack, Entrepreneur & Investor, Mucker Capital
Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors
Cecily Mak, Chief Revenue Officer & General Counsel, Flipboard
Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital
Karen Allen, Principal, Karen Allen Consulting
Steve Bradbury, President & Head Coach, Deep Sports
Brandon Leopoldus, Of Counsel, Gerard Fox Law

Important Dates and Deadlines:

  • All startup entries must be submitted online by January 5, 2018.
  • The 10 Finalists selected to compete at DEW 2018 will be announced on January 15, 2018.
  • The 2018 DEW Startup Pitch & Competition will be held at the Marriott Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles on February 5 – 6, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

Category I: Eligible startups must have a demonstrable product or service in the market (or in beta) and can not have raised more than $1 million (USD) in external financing. In addition, all startups selected must be prepared to talk about their products and services in public, while agreeing to have it recorded for public broadcast. Five (5) Category I Startups will be selected to compete on-stage at 2018 DEW Startup Pitch & Competition at the Marriott Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles on February 5 – 6, 2018.

Category II: Eligible startups in Category II must have a demonstrable product or service in the market (or in beta) and can not have raised more than $5 million (USD) or less than $1 million (USD) in external financing. In addition, all startups selected must be prepared to talk about their products and services in public, while agreeing to have it recorded for public broadcast. Five (5) Category II Startups will be selected to compete on-stage at 2018 DEW Startup Pitch & Competition at the Marriott Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles on February 5 – 6, 2018.

All entries for consideration must be submitted online by January 5, 2018

Purpose and Other Criteria

The DEW Startup Pitch and Competition recognizes innovation in digital media and eligible startups have technologies or services contributing to the digital media ecosystem. The 10 selected startups will make live pitch presentations during the conference to judging panels of leading investors and VCs looking for creativity, innovation, need in the marketplace, strength of team and presentation, as well as future success of profitability.

Prize Package

All 10 Finalists (5 from each category) will receive three (3) all-access registrations to 2018 DEW ($2,590 value), an exhibit booth next to the Innovation Stage ($3,500 value) and will be eligible to attend meetings with select investors and industry executives attending DEW 2018. 

We wish you the best of luck with the competition!

If you have questions, please contact DEW Advisory Chair, Ned Sherman.