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3525 Eastham Dr
Culver City, CA 90232
USA

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March 2 - 4, 2015
The best place to launch your startup, raise money and learn about starting a company.

speakers & Judges
Grand Jury

Our grand jury of seasoned investors and top journalists will observe all of the main-stage action and choose our winners, while our judges will sit on stage and give instant feedback on every demo. The LAUNCH Fund will also invest $250k in the winners.

PREVIOUS SPEAKERS

tickets

Builder Pass - $49

  • For broke founders, UI/UX designers thinking of starting a company, tech enthusiasts bored at work and looking for a better gig, bloggers, writers and students. Builders!
  • Gives you access to the Demo Pit & seats/standing at the back of the stages.
  • Food Trucks available to purchase Lunch.

VIP Pass - $995

  • Badge includes access to 3 cocktail parties + all stages at the conference with priority desk seating (power/ethernet connection). Also includes lunch.
  • Private offices available upon request.

Super VIP Pass - $4995

  • Access to all the exclusive VIP parties (Angel Dinner, Founders Party & VIP Winners Dinner).
  • Access to all stages with priority desk seating (power/ethernet connection) & VIP wait service. 
  • Private offices available upon request.

Demo Pit / Job fair

Demo Table - $3,000

  • Three VIP Tickets & Five Builder Passes.
  • 30'' round table with power and ethernet and
  • Access to the Job Fair. 
  • Chance to make it on to the main stage if selected by the Grand Jury. 
    Apply for a Demo Pit Scholarship

Exhibitor Table - $8,000

  • Five VIP Tickets & Ten Builder Passes
  • 100 sqft space with multiple furniture configurations available and
  • Access to the Job Fair.

Questions?  Check out the Demo Pit FAQ


Location

FORT MASON CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO

Festival & Herbst Pavilions


Partners
Media Partners

Interested in becoming a partner?  partners@launch.co

LAUNCH 2015 Partnership Presentation


COMPETITION
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40 companies will launch for the first time (1.0 Track) or launch new products (2.0 Track) and compete for titles like Best Design, Best Technology and Best Overall with 10,000+ attendees making it the largest live audience in technology. $250K will be available from the LAUNCH Fund.

LAUNCH 1.0

  • LAUNCH your company on stage for the first time ever.
  • No screenshots, no press, no social media, no AngelList profile, no nothing! You are hidden and people see your product for the first time on stage. You don’t pre-brief the press, you don’t do a demo day before the Festival. You’re on lockdown!
  • Companies accepted into 1.0 must have their websites behind a LaunchRock (or equivalent) with no product shots or videos on their site. You may have company name, logo, and a box to collect emails. 
  • Any press or pre-briefs will disqualify you from the competition.
  • Not sure if you qualify?  Check out the FAQ.
    Apply for LAUNCH 1.0

LAUNCH 2.0

  • Your company has already launched, and now you have a MASSIVELY compelling new product or feature. 
  • You will only be judged on totally new stuff the world has not seen. 
  • The NEW product or feature MUST be significant. Ask yourself these questions:
    • Will press like GigaOm, New York Times, TechCrunch, etc. want to cover the new product or feature?
    • Will the audience pull out their iPhones, snap a picture and say, "WOW."
  • Again, zero press around the new feature or product. Any screenshots or hints will disqualify you from the competition.
  • Not sure if you qualify?  Check out the FAQ.
    Apply for LAUNCH 2.0

Crowdfunding 

You have an ACTIVE kickstarter, indiegogo, tilt, etc. campaign running during the Festival (March 2-4)
Apply for Crowdfunding Competition

HACKATHON

Hacking will start the weekend before the Festival (Feb 27-March 1). Five companies will be chosen to present their projects on the main stage. The winner will be eligible for a $100K optional investment from the LAUNCH Fund
Apply for the Hackathon

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! Apply here.


Past Winners

MINT (2007) - SOLD TO INTUIT
YAMMER (2008) - SOLD TO MICROSOFT
DROPBOX (2008) - RAISED $257M
FITBIT (2008) - RAISED $68.1M
RED BEACON (2009) - SOLD TO HOME DEPOT
CLICKER (2009) - SOLD TO CBS
HIPMUNK (2011) - RAISED 20.2M
ROOM77 (2011) - RAISED $13.5M
Zepp Labs, Inc. - (2011) Raised $20M
STACK OVERFLOW (2011 2.0)
SPACEMONKEY (2012) - RAISED $2.25M
ALLTUITION (2012 2.0) - RAISED $1.5M
BOXBEE (2013) - RAISED $2.3M
CONNECT (2014) - RAISED $15.9M


Press Pass: Apply Here