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Startup Pitches submissions will be open November 2017

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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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

Judges Panel

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Prize Package

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.