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Call for Executive Summary for "Launch: Silicon Valley 2013"

Companies that are interested in presenting their products at Launch: Silicon Valley 2013 should send an Executive Summary of no more than 2 pages to [masked] by latest  Friday April 26, 2013.

Now in its 8th year, Launch: Silicon Valley is firmly established as the premier product launch platform for startups from the San Francisco Bay area, and around the world . The event, co-presented by SVForum, Garage Technology Ventures and Microsoft, provides the next generation of emerging technology companies with the opportunity to pitch their products to, and network with, an audience of over 500 of Silicon Valley’s top VCs, Angels, corporate business development executives, prospective customers and partners, bloggers and media.

As in previous years, Launch: Silicon Valley 2013 will feature new companies that are ready for launch, but are not yet well known. These are companies that have a product or service available (as of June 4, 2013), but have not been out in the marketplace for more than a few months.

Launch: Silicon Valley 2013 is designed to uncover and showcase products and services from the most exciting of the newest startups in information technology, mobility, digital media, next generation internet, life sciences and clean technologies. Up to 30 of the most interesting companies will be invited to leverage Launch: Silicon Valley 2013 as the springboard to launch their product or service, and to network with the audience of Silicon Valley’s top movers and shakers at the Pre-L:SV Event Party on the evening of June 3, as well as at the event itself on June 4.

News from Launch: Silicon Valley alumni:
Steve Echtman, Founder of HearPlanet: "Traction is picking up and we're experiencing a lot of momentum with our automotive initiatives. Current automotive partnerships get us into the infotainment systems of ten of the world's top auto manufacturers (2014 model year), where we expect over a million installs this year, and 10 million by 2015.

Here's some coverage:Tnooz reporting: International press release: press: HearPlanet's mission is to deliver audio content for all the world's locations. Better than any museum audio-guide, HearPlanet covers the entire globe with audio, helping people discover, share and connect around places."

Launch: Silicon Valley 2012 Top Award Winners

Startups Evena, Kiverdi, Klickex, Noodle, SocialiQ & ZipZap Voted Highest Honors by SVForum’s Launch: Silicon Valley Expert VC-Angel Panel and Audience

Mountain View, CA – June 6, 2012 — SVForum (, the leading non-profit organization for technologists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, today announced the selection of the “SVForum Launch: Silicon Valley 2012 (, startup companies awarded “Most Likely to Succeed” honors in categories, including: information technology, mobility, digital media, next generation internet, life sciences and clean energy.

The six winners were chosen from 30 new companies from Silicon Valley and around the world that today presented to the audience and a panel of Silicon Valley VCs and Angels, whose combined votes determined the winners. Over 300 companies applied to present at Launch: Silicon Valley 2012.

Video replays of winning companies’ event presentations are available and there's a great writeup of the event here:

“At a time when everyone is asking ‘what next’, this year’s finalists and ‘most likely to proceed’ awardees from around the world demonstrated the innovation and promise that such great new startups bring to the market,” said Chris Gill, CEO of SVForum. “As SVForum’s Launch: Silicon Valley continues to expand its global reach, the incredible success of this year’s event once again demonstrates that the emerging technology companies view Silicon Valley as the place to pitch their products and network with the SVForum community of top VCs, Angels, corporate executives, prospective customers and partners to help launch their next stage of success.”

During the past 8 years, appbackr, BLADE, Breakthrough, Data Robotics, Dayak,, fix8, Industrial Origami, Intelen, Jaxtr, JungleCents, Kiverdi, Kongregate (acquired by GameStop), Mobisant, MyShape, Skyline Solar, Smaato, SocialIQ Networks, Steelhouse, tenCube (acquired by McAfee), Triggit, Trooval, Truemors (acquired by NowPublic), uTest, Vizibility, Yodio, Zuora, and over 200 other startups leveraged SVForum’s annual Launch: Silicon Valley event, to launch their products, raising over $145MM in venture capital, securing customers and partners along the way.

Launch: Silicon Valley 2012 award recipients by presenting category are:

Life Science category:


Vein ID system

Los Altos, CA




Mobile Remittances

Palo Alto, CA


Next Generation Internet 1 category:


Education discovery

New York, NY


Next Generation Internet 2 category:


social marketing

Burlingame, CA





Clean fuel


San Francisco, CA


San Francisco, CA





On-line cash payments

San Francisco, CA


Sponsors providing support to help the winning companies launch, as follows:

Band of Angels:The opportunity to present for funding from the Band of Angels

Cooley LLP:Up to $5,000 of in-kind legal services

Garage Technology Ventures:Advice and feedback session with Managing Partner, Bill Reichert

Global Media Strategy Communications: Strategic communications session with CEO, Jeff Lettes

LeadFormix: Free subscription to LeadFormix cloud-based B2B marketing automation platform

Sand Hill Angels:The opportunity to pitch to Sand Hill Angels members

The Angels’ Forum:Mentor Session with Carol Sands, Managing Member, The Angels’ Forum

VentureDeal:access to the database of venture-backed tech companies, VC firms and transactions

About SVForum

Established in 1983, SVForum is a leading Silicon Valley not-for-profit organization. SVForum provides an unbiased source of information and insight to the technology community. SVForum engages the community by creating connections and community, providing education and access to resource and linking the global business community to Silicon Valley. SVForum provides the latest insights on emerging technology trends and best business practices through events, specialized services and resources. SVForum reaches 20,000 technology professionals annually through more than 20 events each month. SVForum partners include global leaders Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Qualcomm and SAP, as well as leading venture capital firms, service providers and the Sobrato Foundation.

For further information, visit the SVForum website at

Follow SVForum on:

FaceBook: twitter: @SVForum

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About Garage Technology Ventures

Garage Technology Ventures is a seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with investors that include Thomas Weisel Partners and CalPERS, the California Public Employees Retirement System. Garage is focused on investing in emerging technology startups in the Western U.S. For more information about Garage, visit


Media Contact:

Jeff Lettes, Director of Communications SVForum/Launch: Silicon Valley



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