Startup Pitches submissions will be open November 2017
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WELCOME TO THE 2018 DEW STARTUP COMPETITION
Over the past 6 years, DEW has awarded over $900,000 in cash and prizes to startups throughout the world. These prizes are awarded through a highly competitive process where startups are screened and vetted by a panel of A-list investors who review hundreds of applications online and select the best of the best to compete on stage at DEW before DEW attendees from the leading entertainment, media and tech companies in the world to be eligible for the grand prize.
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.
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.
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).
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, 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
Andrew Farage, Digital Media & Investments, New Media Ventures, United Talent Agency Alex Morrison, VP Managing Director, Content Studio, R/GA Clinton Foy, Managing Director, CrossCut Ventures Richard Jun, Managing Partner, Bam Ventures Pat Kenealy, Managing Director, IDG Ventures USA Bernard Moon, Co-founder & General Partner, SparkLabs Global Ventures Itay Rahat, Director, Digital & CRM Global Product Management, Warner Music Group Peter Brack, Entrepreneur & Investor, Mucker Capital Sean Branagan, Director, Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, Syracuse University Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors Francis Pollara, Venture Associate & Investor, Luma Launch Cecily Mak, Chief Revenue Officer & General Counsel, Flipboard
Morgan Pietz, Of Counsel, Gerard Fox Law Brandon Leopoldus, Of Counsel, Gerard Fox Law Kuni Takahashi, SVP of Corporate & Business Development, Rumblefish Karen Allen, Principal, Karen Allen Consulting Steve Bradbury, President & Head Coach, Deep Sports
Important Dates and Deadlines:
All startup entries must be submitted online by January 1, 2018.
The 12 Finalists selected to compete at DEW 2018 will be announced on January 18, 2018.
The 2018 DEW Startup Pitch & Competition will be held at the Marriott Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles on February 5 – 6, 2018.
Eligible startups must have a demonstrable product or service in the market (or in beta) and can not have raised more than $5 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.
All entries for consideration must be submitted online by January 1, 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 12 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.
All 12 Finalists will receive two (2) all-access registrations to 2017 DEW ($2,590 value), an exhibit booth next to the Innovation Stage ($3,500 value) and $1,000 per month in free hosting service for 12 months on Rackspace ($12,000 value).
The winner of the 2017 prize package will also receive a year of free premium hosting service on Rackspace ($24,000 value), an invitation to the San Francisco office of IDG Ventures for a two-hour consultation with senior partners of the firm, and legal and business consulting services valued at $25,000 from the law firm of Gerard Fox Law, PC.
We wish you the best of luck with the competition!
If you have questions, please contact DEW Advisory Chair, Ned Sherman.